Sunday, November 21, 2010

Graffiti in South Etobicoke

Here is a May 2010, Toronto Sun article about Graffiti in South Etobicoke.

Officers at the November 13, 2010 Community Safety Seminar at the Police College informed participants that it is NOT outside gangs that are tagging our area. They indicated that it is people from our own neighbourhood.

Apparently Graffiti is a worldwide problem. For example, The Parthenon and other important Greek tourist sites are being bombed with Graffiti. Unfortunately the modern removal process is ruining the surface structure. The country is afraid that the graffiti is going to ruin their key source of income, the tourist trade.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Safety Tips from the Community Safety Seminar

When purchasing holiday gifts, always purchase pricey/valuable items at the end of your shopping day, put them in your trunk and drive home. Pricey/Valuable items should be the last items you buy.

Try to obscure the boxes of pricey/valuable items on garbage day, e.g. do not leave a flat screen TV box visible to the street.

iPods are a quick cash hit and are one of the "most popular" items to grab these days. The white earbuds are a giveaway that you are using an iPod. Read these tips,


Let people know where you are going and when you are returning.


Carry your handbag close to you, but "not" wrapped around your neck. (Yes, I was surprised by this tip also, but if your bag is wrapped around your neck and shoulder and it is yanked, you could sustain injuries or get dragged) .


Keep your keys in your hand or separate from your handbag.


Do not take all your cards/ID with you unless needed

Do not make ATM transactions at night.

Do not give out or write down your PIN.

Do not wear valuable jewelry shopping or walking in the street or mall. Wear it only at the appropriate place and time.

Always have the right amount of cash ready. Do your best to present only the amount due when paying for your purchase, e.g., avoid presenting large bills to the cashier.

Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish legitimate telemarketers. NEVER provide personal information or send money to solicitors who contact you first. Instead, hang up the phone or insist on calling the individual back after you have time to check the solicitation.

Steer clear of callers who have announced that you have won a lottery or a large prize.

If someone calls stating they are the police and you do not feel comfortable speaking to them, get their name , division and badge number from them. Call you local police station and verify that the officer is who they say they are.

Report any suspicious phone calls or ongoing calls of an unknown nature to police.

Be a good neighbour, keep your eyes and ears open for activity on your street and in your community.

Be ready to help others.

Do not shop at your door, i.e., do not purchase from vendors at your door. If you think a NO SOLICITORS sign will help, use one. Examples: Hot Water Heater inspections, Natural Gas Billing changes, Magazine Subscriptions, etc.

Use only your last name on your mailbox.

Ask delivery people for identification.

Leave interior lights on when you leave your home or apartment. For example: Streets are dark around 5:00 pm in the winter. If you do not come home until after 5:00 pm you should consider leaving a light on when you leave in the morning or use a timer.

Keep doors locked and use your peephole.

Take care

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Toronto Police Service, TPSLinks Alert, November 17, 2010

This is a Toronto Police Service, 22 Division Neighbourhood Alert.

Toronto Police would like to make the public aware of recent suspicious incidents and arrests in your neighbourhood.

After two separate incidents and two weeks Police investigations. Toronto Police 22 Division arrested 3 males for committing separate acts of voyeurrism in the Lake Shore and 23rd street area of south Etobicoke. 22 Division have cleared both occurrences in this area with the final arrest of two suspects. Police thank all residents for their assistance in this investigation.

Anyone having any information on any Suspicious Incident are to contact Toronto Police at 416 808 2222, or Crime Stoppers at 416 222 TIPS or online at www.

This report was prepared by the 22 Division Crime Prevention Office.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Crime Map of New Toronto

Here is a link to crime maps of the area. The maps are updated by Toronto Police and appear on the Toronto Police website.

  1. Open the map using the link below
  2. Use the drop down list to select your areas of interest, e.g. "18" for New Toronto.

17, Mimico
18, New Toronto
19, Long Branch
20, Alderwood

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Domestic Violence Awareness

There are appoximately four to six arrests for "domestic violence" per day in Division 22.

Please attend and share the following event information:

Domestic Violence Awareness

When: Saturday, December 11, 2010
Time: 10:00 am
Where: Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Kipling Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto, ON, M8V 4B6, Telephone: 416-338-7255
FAX: 416-338-7259, Email:

Always check appropriate websites to ensure that events are still scheduled:

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Toronto Police Service, TPSLinks

Toronto Police Service, TPSlinks, transmits alerts to you via landline, cell via text, email, etc. Online registration enables you to specify the delivery mechanism you prefer. TPSlinks will send alerts like city events, safety notifications and/or emergency incidents. The following are alert types:

-Community Events
-Information Alerts
-Existing Amber Alerts
-Missing Persons
-Emergency Incidents
-Neighbourhood Crime Alerts
-Severe Weather Alerts
-Threats to School Safety

To register for TPSlinks online, use the following link ad follow instructions.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Community Safety Seminar for South Etobicoke

Important Community Event:

Community Safety Seminar
for the residents of South Etobicoke

When: Saturday, September 13, 2010
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Avenue
Contact: PC Mike Burgess D22 416-808-2251 or PC Mitch LeBlanc D22 at 416-808-2208 (See attached poster for details)
Purpose: Personal Safety, Street Proofing and Home and Business Security

Please tell your neighbours about this important meeting.