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”.

Road Safety: Working together for a common goal

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. No matter whether you’re driving, walking, cycling, or skateboarding, we all have a role to play. As we head into the May long weekend, please ensure you follow the rules and obey the laws to help keep Halton a safe community. 

Canada Road Safety Week is May 13-19. During the week our Halton Regional Police Service and other police services across the country will be the targeting high-risk driving behaviors known as the “Big 4 Killers”:

The police do great work but they can’t do it alone. As a community, we all need to help. If you notice someone driving aggressively, you can report them through the Road Watch program. Road Watch is a community-driven program encouraging anonymous reporting of dangerous and/or aggressive driving. If you suspect someone is intoxicated while driving, please call 911.

 Together we can help keep Halton’s roads safe by only driving when sober, being mindful of the speed limit, using seat belts properly, avoiding distractions and using patience with our fellow drivers. Each of us can make a difference. 

So please be safe, be alert, and whatever you do, don’t drink and drive.

Did you know?

  • Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada.
  • The greatest numbers of alcohol-related crashes occur during the summer months (June, July, and August).

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.”