As Ottawa’s sunny days draw more people outside, the warm weather often brings a marked increase in criminal activity in our communities—from graffiti to partying, dangerous driving, drug dealing, discarded needles, property crime and more. Now, residents of the city can access the new and improved Neighbourhood Toolkit, a valuable online resource to tackle these problems and build better communities.
Created by Crime Prevention Ottawa, the Neighbourhood Toolkit is available at crimepreventionottawa.ca/toolkit. It is packed with ideas, information and resources to help you learn how to stay safe, protect your property, deal with neighbourhood problems, and prevent crime and violence at work.
The Neighbourhood Toolkit is also designed as a community-building resource. After all, crime prevention starts locally, when neighbours know their neighbours and take pride in their communities.
“There are people across Ottawa doing their part to make their neighbourhoods safe,” says Nancy Worsfold, Executive Director of Crime Prevention Ottawa. “They’re building community spirit by organizing events like barbecues, block parties and Movies in the Park. They are pitching in to clean up local parks, conduct community safety audits and run Neighbourhood Watch programs. Our Neighbourhood Toolkit offers excellent advice and checklists to help others follow their lead.”
The Toolkit also features inspiring stories of Ottawa residents and groups who have made a difference in this city through their tireless efforts to build stronger, safer communities. Finally, it provides information about community programs and resources, as well as who to call in the event of an emergency or problem.
Crime Prevention Ottawa offers Neighbourhood Toolkit presentations to community groups by email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information:
Nancy Worsfold, Executive Director
Crime Prevention Ottawa
Telephone: 613-580-2424, ext. 28518