Proud to call Halton home – Safest Region in Canada

For the eighth straight year, I am proud to say that Halton Region continues to be the safest region in Canada, according to Statistics Canada’s recently released annual report.

The results are determined based on Statistics Canada’s 2016 Crime Severity Index (CSI) that track six personal and property crimes including homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, auto theft, robbery and breaking and entering.

Thanks to our dedication to community safety and our strong relationships with our police partners, Halton Region had the lowest overall crime rate, violent crime rate and property crime rate among Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services. We also maintained the lowest values for each of the indicators for eight straight reporting years.

DSC_1797Even though Halton is ranked as one of the safest regional municipalities in Canada, we’re always working with our community partners on key issues to ensure we’re doing all we can to keep Halton safe. Our recent partnership with the Halton Regional Police Service on developing a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan for Halton is an excellent example of this ongoing work.

Draft-Community-Safety-and-Well-Being-Plan-1Community safety and well-being planning is about proactively responding to issues in our community like mental health, neighbourhood safety, housing and homelessness and social isolation so that those in need of help can receive the right response at the right time (before there is a crisis).

If you’re interested in keeping our community safe, I encourage you to visit our web page to sign up for email updates about the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan and other community safety and well-being issues and initiatives. We also want to hear from you, so please tell us your thoughts by completing our survey.

red_light_road_signOther programs we’re implementing to encourage safety across our community include red light cameras, Project Lifesaver Halton and Drive SAFE programs including reminding people of the dangers of distracted driving and impaired driving.

Halton’s reputation as a safe community is one of the reasons so many people and businesses choose to call Halton home. This achievement is the result of our residents, businesses and local municipalities, working together with the great police officers and staff of the Halton Regional Police Service, to ensure Halton Region remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

To learn more about community safety, visit halton.ca/safetyandwell-being, haltonpolice.ca and halton.ca/drivesafe.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

New video and webpages give drivers and parents tools to help stop impaired driving

Impaired driving remains Canada’s number one criminal cause of death with four Canadians killed and 200 injured in alcohol-related crashes every day. To be part of the solution to stop impaired driving, Halton Region, in partnership with the Halton Regional Police Service, has launched new detailed webpages at www.halton.ca/impaired to provide drivers with ways to help plan for a safe ride home, how to report a suspected impaired driver, ways to talk to teens about impaired driving and more.

If you go to the movies in Halton Region over the next few weeks, you’ll see a 30-second public service video highlighting the emotional cost of impaired driving to those left behind. It’s a timely reminder, especially around this time of year, that every choice matters. The video, along with more details about Matthew’s story, is also posted online.

Death and injuries on our roads due to impaired driving are devastating to our community. The impact from any one incident ripples throughout our families, neighbours and communities. Because of this, road safety is a top priority for Halton Regional Council. We want Halton drivers to feel safe on our roads. By partnering with the Halton Regional Police Service, we’re working together to make sure this holiday season is a safe one for everyone.

But we can’t do it alone – we need your eyes on the road to help keep impaired drivers off of them. Through the Halton Drive SAFE program and its Safe Roads… Your Call campaign, you’ll see signs throughout the Region reminding you to call 911 if you see a suspected impaired driver on the roads. One call could save someone’s life.
In addition, if you witness dangerous drivers, you can report them through the Road Watch Program. This is a community driven program encouraging anonymous reporting of incidents involving dangerous and/or aggressive driving. Reports can be made by completing an online form at www.haltonpolice.ca.

This holiday season, help us keep us keep our roads safe while ensuring that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

OMBI Report shows Halton Regional Police Service as a leader in safety and efficiency

During the Police Service Board meeting on Thursday, February 24, the Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (OMBI) External Link, which is a collaboration between 15 progressive Ontario municipalities, presented policing data contained in the recently released 2009 Performance Benchmarking Report External Link.  

I am pleased to report that the hard work of the Halton Regional Police Service was evident in these findings. In fact, from 2007 to 2009, Halton Region had the least amount of severe crimes including fewer violent crimes and severely violent offences than 14 other regions across Ontario.  All of these accomplishments were achieved with great efficiency as Halton was also reported to have the lowest police to population ratio. 

The data released in this report are a testament to the strong police service in Halton – one that has been recognized around the world for excellence in crime prevention and public safety initiatives.  In fact, Halton Region has been named the safest Regional Municipality in all of Canada for the third year in a row by Maclean’s magazine.

As a member of the Police Service Board, I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our Police Chief, Deputy Chiefs, officers, civilians, volunteers, elected officials, and community partners alike who have all contributed to our designation as The Safest Region in Canada, and to these recent findings. 

Congratulations to the police service and to the Halton community as a whole.

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.”