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Neighbourhood Watch – An Opportunity to Take Action Against Petty Crime in the Triangle

By Ingrid Furtado

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Are you concerned about graffiti vandalism and petty crime in the Beach Triangle? If so, there’s a way for you to get involved.

Neighbourhood Watch is a program that provides a means of reducing the opportunity for crime through the active participation of neighbours. Community members are taught how to make their homes less inviting for thieves, how to make their personal property less desirable to burglars, and how to be alert to suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods. The program also helps to co-ordinate the efforts of the police and the community in tracking down criminals.

It works! Our neighbours to the south in the Woodbine Park community have successfully implemented the Neighbourhood Watch program and have seen a drop in the level of graffiti vandalism and petty crime in their area.

As a first step to implementing the program in the Triangle, we are gauging the interest level of the community. If sufficient interest exists, we will arrange for a meeting where a Police Liaison will explain the Neighbourhood Watch concept to our residents and identify volunteers to act as Block Captains and Assistants.

If you are interested in attending an information session or volunteering to help launch the program, please contact Ingrid Furtado at 416-686-9025.

(With excerpts from the Neighbourhood Watch Registry and information from the Woodbine Park Neighbourhood Watch team. Visit for more details).