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 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

Thanksgiving Debate

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that everyone enjoys their time with friends and family over the course of the long weekend to reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives. Of course, I am very thankful for my family, my wife and children, my friends and campaign workers and for the fact we live in a great town and a great country.

We celebrated yesterday one of the things that makes our country great…democracy. Milton Today TV hosted an all candidates/meeting debate at the Holiday Inn in Milton yesterday that was quite successful and apparently there were a large number of people logged in to view the proceedings.  This event was really well run from the beginning to the end and congratulations to Milton Today TV for pulling it off.

If you go to the WHY MIKE page, you will see a video for the 1st half of the event.  Ward 6 began at 1 hour 20 minutes into the video, if you’d like to fast forward.  If I can find out if UStream can start a video at a certain point, it can be a lot easier to start off with us.

Thanks to everyone who sent me emails, tweets and phone calls of support after watching the debate…your encouragement  is much appreciated.  A few of you have noticed some of the items that came up during that debate on behalf of my opponent.  One of those items was a new found understanding of local issues.  I guess he does have time to look at my website

Most of the issues he raised for the first time during this campaign began a month ago, have been raised on my website for the last several months in fact the last few years.  That’s fine for me, because imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

As Amir posted yesterday, he seemed a bit puzzled at my opponents comments about Clark Blvd saying cars “are running (at speeds of) 100 to 120 (km/hr)”.  Having talked with the residents along that route for the last few years they know there is speeding but those speeds are a bit of an exaggeration.

I am also glad my opponent has realized that there is a need for some kind of signalled crosswalk near Kennedy Circle and Thompson Road so that pedestrian traffic can make its way safely across Thompson road for both ward 7 and ward 6 homeowners.  This is something that both myself (also here) and Rick DiLorenzo have been discussing for the last year, so welcome aboard.

I think that after people watch our portion of the debates, it will provide them with a clear picture of who can be the best representative at council for residents in Ward 6.  Over the last several years, I have attended council meetings, budget meetings and committee meetings to make sure I have a clear understanding of what is coming for the town of Milton.  My committment to Milton voters wasn’t made at the last minute.  It’s been something I have worked with you since 2006 and I will continue to work for after October 25th.

Speaking of voting, today is the first day of advance polls in Milton.  You can head down to Hugh Foster Hall all this week from 10am to 6pm to cast your ballot early in case you wont be able to make it on the 25th.  Believe me when I say this, advance polls are great because the lineups are generally shorter and you get in and out a lot quicker.  So, if you want to take the family to downtown Milton, grab your voters cards and cast your vote for Mike Cluett…Ward 6 Councillor.

I’ll see you at the doors.  Happy Thanksgiving.