Crime Stoppers Month: Get informed, Get involved, Report crime against seniors

For over 20 years, Crime Stoppers has played a valuable role keeping Halton’s community safe.  In January, I had the honour of attending the launch of the 2012 Crime Stoppers Month at the Halton Regional Centre.  This year, Crime Stoppers of Halton focused on crime against seniors through the “Get informed, Get involved, Report crime against seniors” theme.  This message is very important in our community as crimes against seniors are rarely identified and often go unreported to the police, leaving a growing part of our population vulnerable. 

This year’s event featured two keynote speakers, Constable Wendy Moraghan, Elderly Service Coordinator for the Halton Regional Police Service and Chris Bint, Executive Director of ETAG (Elder Technology Assistance Group).  Both speakers are involved with crimes against seniors on a daily basis and were able to educate those in attendance about the impacts these crimes have on our senior residents and their families.  By brining this emerging issue to the forefront, Crime Stoppers Month has once again taken a safety and working with our senior residents.  For instance, one of our key actions is to work in cooperation with the Halton Regional Police Service and other community partners to respond to opportunities that address community safety.

This past December, Halton Region was named the safest place to live in the GTA and the Safest Regional Municipality in Canada for the fourth year in a row by Maclean’s Magazine.  As Regional Chair this is one of Halton’s achievements that I am most proud of.  The ongoing commitment of our residents, business owners, and local municipalities who work hand in hand with Crime Stoppers of Halton and the Halton Regional Police Service continues to ensure that Halton is a safe place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

On behalf of Halton Regional Council, I would like to offer a sincere thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this year’s Crime Stoppers Month a success.  We are very fortunate to have your support in the community and we look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.

If you would like to find out how Halton Regional Police Services is working for you, please visit www.hrps.on.ca. If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”