The University of Toronto Mississauga residence community is now part of the City of Mississauga’s active Neighbourhood Watch program.
Though Mississauga, and specifically residence here at UTM are considered extremely safe it is always important to be thinking about new ways to create an even safer community. In the summer of 2014 UTM Residence launched their Neighbourhood Watch Program, in collaboration with Safe City Mississauga.
Over the summer we were able to train all of our Residence Life Staff on how to be alert neighbourhood watchers. We have also completed a CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) with the assistance of the Safe City Mississauga Coordinator and Peel Police. The last phase was to install “Premises Protected By Neighbourhood Watch” signs and window decals (Neighbourhood Watch Stickers).
We will continue to work with Safe City Mississauga to ensure that our campus continues to become a safer place and train our new students and staff on how to be active Neighbourhood Watch members. In the years to come, we hope to grow this initiative to more areas on campus and find new innovative programs.
I truly believe we live on a safe campus and in a safe city but continuing to develop our safety plan is important for any campus.
“By statistical comparison of large cities (per 100,000 population) in Canada, Mississauga has been the safest for 11 consecutive years. We may take pleasure and pride in having achieved this distinction, but we must remember that a community is only as strong as its spirit. Even an efficient and helpful Police force cannot work successfully alone. As residents, we must make sure that our City is more than just a collection of buildings; whether we own or rent, it is our home.”