Milton Community Police Committee Update

As regular readers of the blog will know, I am a member of the Milton Community Policing Committee (MCPC)and we have monthly meetings about community outreach with the Halton Police Department and promote programs to help raise awareness of safety / crime issues in Halton.

Its been reported recently that despite the massive growth in the area, Halton remains the safest community in Canada. I think that’s a direct result of the officers in Halton and the great job they do.

During our meeting last night, they reported on some recent statistics of different crimes that are on the rise. A majority of them included car theft / property theft from peoples driveways.

In the last couple of weeks, Halton Police have had several incidences of vehicle theft as people start their cars in the morning and leave them unattended. Its important for people to realize that even though our community is “safe” there are still people from both inside and outside the region who are on the prowl looking for opportunities.

The MO of many of them are driving around neighbourhoods looking for unattended cars that are running, quickly checking to see if they are unlocked and driving off with them. The best line of defense is to either not let your car warm up unattended and unlocked or invest in an automatic car starter that locks the doors while its running.

Another disturbing trend is property theft from vehicles. People leave valuables like cell phones, wallets, laptops etc in plain view and that’s just too much of a temptation for criminals to do the quick smash and grab. The Halton Regional Police force are now embarking on a campaign to help raise awareness of this called “Lock it or lose it”

From the Halton Police website:

Lock It or Lose It

With the holiday season on the horizon, the Halton Regional Police Service would like to remind citizens to be cognizant and diligent by locking their vehicles and hiding valuable items.

Adhering to the following proactive recommendations may deter thieves from stealing your valuables:

1. Locking your vehicle and removing all valuable items from plain view. Items such as: GPS units, laptops, wallets, cellular phones and any other item of monetary value.

2. Simply locking your vehicle while valuable items are still visible inside provides a false sense of security. Thieves will smash the windows in order to gain quick access to these valuables.

3. Be particularly cognizant when purchasing expensive electronic equipment and then storing it in your vehicle. The best alternative is to transport these items directly to your home. If this is not a feasible option, lock the valuable item in the trunk of your vehicle.

4. Do not leave your vehicle running, unlocked and unattended while warming up in the driveway. Thieves have stolen vehicles from various driveways while they have been left operating unattended.

Don’t enable these thieves to steal your valuable items. Remove the opportunity and reduce your likelihood of being victimized.

Anyone with suspect information or information pertaining to any thefts is asked to call the Burlington Criminal Investigations office at 905-825-4747 extension 2316 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

One of the things that the MCPC will be doing in the coming weeks is handing out brochures with this information at high traffic areas like shopping malls, GO Station, grocery stores etc to help remind people to be aware of the surroundings and to do what they can to make it difficult for these types of crimes to happen.  We will be working with the principals of Milton schools to see if they can help distribute this information as well so it gets in the hands of people.

The Committee is always looking for more volunteers to help out and to join us and help take part in initiatives like this to help raise awareness in our own neighbourhoods.  There have been quite a few new people joining us and we’re always looking for more.  There are a lot of ideas that we would like to implement and the more people we have helping us out the better.  Send me an email mike@mikecluett.ca if you are interested in joining the MCPC.  We meet monthly and combined with our activities its not a lot of time to spend, but it is worthwhile.

You can find out more about the programs of the Halton Police on their website www.haltonpolice.ca

Proud Day for Tiger Jeet Singh

(Photo courtesy of Ryan DiLorenzo)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the open house of the brand new Tiger Jeet Singh Public School on Yates Drive.  I was there on behalf of the Milton Community Policing Committee to hand out information to parents, teachers and students about community safety in the area.  Click on the link if you would like more information on the committee and what we do in the community.

In front of a packed auditorium, Principal Rick Nodwell (formerly of Chris Hadfield Public School) announced the “team” as he called it of teachers that will shape the minds of young students at the new facility.  Tiger Jeet Singh, his wife, Tiger Ali Singh (in crutches…get well soon!) and other members of the family were front and centre, beaming with pride as Rick made the introductions.

(Photo courtesy of Rick DiLorenzo)

Similar to a rockstar, Tiger Jeet Singh made his entrance into the room followed by kids eager to say hello, shake his hand and ask him questions.  He made sure he stayed around for every autograph, picture and high five.  A reporter from Japan was actually flown in to cover this occasion, which goes to show the impact they have made internationally.

Its a great acomplishment for the family and they are very much a part of the school.  Just recently they presented the Milton District Hospital a cheque for $35,000 raised at Tigerfest 2010 this past summer.

Photo Courtesy of Milton Canadian Champion

The official opening of the school will be on October 22nd and look to the sky that day for a special event (I dont want to give it away)

Congratulations once again to Tiger for this great honour and thank you for being a part of the Milton community.

Keep Your Eyes Open

An alert citizen in Milton is being credited for helping nab a car thief earlier this month.  Here is the story from the Milton Canadian Champion.

This goes to show that keeping your eyes open and reporting anything suspicious can always be helpful.  This also serves as a reminder to everyone to make sure your cars doors are locked and all valuables are stored away out of sight in order to deter these kinds of break ins.

If you would like more information about the Milton Community Policing Committee and how to get involved to learn more about community safety, visit the website http://haltonpolicingcommittees.ca/

Vehicle break-in suspect faces 14 more charges

Fourteen additional charges have been laid against a Milton man arrested earlier this month and charged in connection with a series of thefts from vehicles.

The additional charges follow a continuing two-week investigation by Halton Regional Police and relate to several break-ins and thefts in Oakville and Toronto over the past couple of months, police said.

Early May 8, police were called to a street in south Milton after a man reported seeing a suspicious male wearing dark clothing exit a vehicle. The man observed the suspect attempt to enter vehicles parked in various driveways on the street, police said.

The alert citizen called police, who searched the area along with a member of the canine unit.

An arrest was made after a suspect was located in a vehicle.

A 51-year-old Milton man is now facing a total of 21 criminal charges including break-and-enter and prowl by night and multiple counts of theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property and possession of stolen credit cards. 

Milton Community Policing Committee

I had a very brief meeting last night of the Milton Community Policing Committee (people were in a rush to get home to watch Canada vs. Germany in Olympic hockey) and I wanted to give a bit of an update as to what the committee is doing over the next year.

For those of you who are unaware of what the committee does, here is the mission statement of the organization:

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The Milton Community Policing Committee’s purpose is to help promote a healthy and safe community, providing a means for residents, business owners, and community groups to communicate their concerns regarding public safety to all levels of government, and to work in a proactive and creative manner to address those concerns.”

The committee has been planning a number of events for 2010 which include taking part in the open houses of a number of new schools in Milton.  We will be having a table at the schools to inform parents, teachers and students of the committee’s presence and what we do. If everything works out, we will be having some local officers and fire fighters on site as well to teach kids about safety in and around our schools.

As you might have read in the Champion and in other papers, there recently was an attempted abduction of two children as they were going home from school.  Thankfully the kids knew exactly what to do and got home safely, called the police and the suspect was taken into custody.

Do your children know what to do in that situation?  What happens if the fire alarm goes off in school?  Does your family have an escape route planned in case of a fire or emergency in your home?

These are the things our local police and fire staff can teach both you and your children and that’s exactly why the MCPC are putting on these forums during the open houses.  All the dates and locations will be posted both here and on the MCPC website.

In addition to the schools, plans are now being finalized for a booth at this years Milton Street Festival on June 5th, 2010 in downtown Milton.  Close to 25,000 people are expected to flood Main Street this year and we will be there as well handing out information and answering any questions you might have.

We are always looking for people to join the committee so if you’re interested please email me mike@mikecluett.ca and I can provide you some details on how to get involved and help out making Milton a safer place to live.

Until then, I’ll see you at the doors.