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”.

Have a safe and healthy Halloween in Halton

Halloween is always a fun and exciting time of year for children and parents across the region. Before you turn your pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, transform your home into a haunted house and help your little ghosts and goblins get into their costumes, be sure to take a moment to talk about safety with your children.

Parents can take some simple steps to help their children stay safe and enjoy trick-or-treating this Halloween:

  • Practice road safety. If you are driving, slow down and pay attention. Children will be distracted, so please take extra caution.
  • Remember to take flashlights or have your children carry glow sticks so they are easy to see.
  • Remind your children to be careful when crossing the street by showing them how to look both ways and cross only when no cars are coming.

You can visit the Government of Canada’s website for additional Halloween safety tips for the whole family.

Halton Region has been recognized as a leader for its commitment to community safety. From protecting the safety of our roads, water and air to providing children’s services and services for seniors to offering a wide range of public health programs and services to protect the safety and health of our residents every day, we keep raising the bar for our residents. Additionally, our Halton Regional Police Service is a trailblazer in protecting our community and has a remarkable record that is unsurpassed by most police forces across the country. Working together, we can continue to make Halton one of the safest communities in Canada.

On the days leading up to October 31, I hope that you will spend time together as a family and enjoy some fun activities. Stay safe and have a great Halloween!

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 on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter,”The Carr Report.”