Thank you for including me in your “Amazing Race” event at the end of May.  The weather was perfect and the participants were such a pleasure to meet. 

Around the Ward

  1. 1.It seems that the fine weather has also brought out increased vandalism in theThe following information has been prepared and provided by the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council for inclusion in this newsletter:

The good news is that in Canada crime has generally been decreasing for decades. And overall, most Canadians are satisfied with their personal safety from crime. This is the experience in Waterloo Region, where a 2013 study showed a decrease in fear of crime. If fear of crime in a neighbourhood rises, neighbours might be more likely to withdraw from neighbourhood life, making the community less safe. Instead, encourage neighbours to feel safe by staying connected and working together to identify realistic solutions to address break-ins. At the same time, it’s helpful to encourage others to stay calm and work with police and community partners in order to put neighbourhood crime rates into perspective.

Here are some steps you can take to increase safety in your neighbourhood. Designing for safety can’t eliminate crime in your neighbourhood, but it can reduce opportunities for crime.

-          Become a local expert. Know your neighbourhood!

-          Say hi to your neighbours and get to know them. A connected community is a safer community.

-          Turn porch lights on after dark. Use energy efficient LED bulbs to conserve energy.

-          Ensure valuables are kept out of sight in vehicles, or, better yet, don’t leave valuables in your vehicle.

-          Design residence entrances and driveways to be visible from the street.

-          Conduct a neighbourhood safety audit. Present your findings to your city councillor and work with her to develop an action plan. Safety audits are a good way to identify which places in your neighbourhood are safety issues or simply do not feel safe. Safety audits also bring neighbours together and create a sense of collective ownership of the neighbourhood.

-          Ensure your fencing does not provide cover for unwanted behaviour. Use chain link instead of wood for fencing, and keep wood fencing to no higher than 4 feet.

-          Advocate for green space, yet be careful to keep trees and bushes away from doors, windows, and cars.

-          Create neighbourhood events that bring neighbours together

-          Report all incidents of crime to the police, so that they can track patterns of occurrences.

Waterloo Region Police Services (WRPS) website information:

-          Lock it or lose it! Please keep all doors locked, even when you are at home. It is easy for someone to quickly come in your front door while you are in the back yard working in the garden. Anywhere you keep valuables should be locked. This includes garages, sheds, vehicles and of course your house or apartment.

-          Put it away. Remember to not leave valuables in plain sight inside your vehicle. Even if it is locked, your vehicle can be entered quickly. Take those laptops and cell phones into the house with you!

-          Lighting. Assess your outdoor lighting and consider if it effectively lights up potential entry points to your residence, garage, or shed. Motion lights can be an effective deterrent but ensure they are installed properly so they cannot be tampered with. Consider using timers for your indoor lighting so lights are not left on during the day when you are away.

-          Maintain a Clear View. Try not to allow items to obscure the view to vehicles or residential entry points. This would include fencing, and vegetation such as hedges or large plants. These obstructions create a hiding place for someone trying to gain entry to your vehicle or residence.

Here is the WRPS mapping system where you can check for recent and historical patterns of occurrences: http://maps.policereporting.ca

  1. 2.The ION construction in the Ward continues along King and NorthfieldThe changing traffic patterns are challenging and many merchants along the route are facing tough financial times.  Please be patient, and try to think of ways to support the merchants.   Routine updates are provided at: http://www.rideion.ca/
  1. 3.Shop in Waterloo - Please consider ways in which you can support businesses operating at Conestoga Mall and UpTown

There is a variety of parking options in uptown Waterloo with surface lots, on-street parking and a parking garage. http://uptownwaterloobia.com/uptown-parking/.

Upcoming Events:

 

There are events and public interest activities happening almost every day of the week.  All of your favorite UpTown events are still happening during ION construction. Check out the website: grandsocial.ca to see everything you can access.  Mark your Calendars for some special dates and events happening in and around the City of Waterloo:

Event

Date

Location (s)

 

SunLife Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival

August 25-28, 2016

Waterloo City Hall Parking Lot – Free, On-Site, Valet Bicycle Parking

UpTown Waterloo Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race

October 15, 2016

Location to be confirmed

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