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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bloor/Kingsway Community Crime and Safety Meeting on Wednesday September 23, 2015

Toronto City Councillor Justin Di Ciano (Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore) and Superintendent Shaun Narine (22 Division) will be hosting another important community meeting on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 to address concerns regarding neighbourhood crime and safety in the Bloor and Kingsway area.

This meeting will be held at the Etobicoke Civic Centre at 399 The West Mall, in the Council Chambers. The meeting will take place from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

Please note that this meeting will discuss crime and safety issues in the Bloor and Kingsway area ONLY. No other issues will be discussed at this meeting.

For more information, please contact Toronto City Councillor Justin Di Ciano by phone at 416-392-4040, by e-mail at councillor_diciano@toronto.ca or visit him online at www.councillordiciano.ca

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If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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Original Report
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Please note that there have been reports of multiple neighbourhood disturbances in the Bloor Street West and Brentwood Road area.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Late in the evening of July 23, a large group of teens (estimated at 35-40) congregated at the top of Thompson Avenue and Bloor Street West. This group was openly using drugs. Two neighbours called the Police and 4 cars responded. We do not know if anyone was charged.

Friday, July 24, 2015
At approximately 4:00 pm, in the area around Tim Hortons, an area resident spoke to approximately 30 teens and was quickly surrounded and a threat was made. The resident left the area and after the fact, called the Police to report the incident.

Sunday, July 26, 2015
At approximately 3:30 am, residents of a home on the first block of Brentwood Road South woke up when someone opened their garage door. Once the person realized the residents had woken up, they cycled away north on Brentwood Road. A report was files after the event.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
At approximately 4:00 pm a small group of 12-13 year olds were attacked by some male teens who had been sitting on a bench outside Tim Hortons. The Police responded and one suspect was taken to the Police station.

It should also be noted that the Brentwood Library just to the north of this area has been experiencing problems with teens who have since been barred from the library for several months. The following response was released following a local community meeting on May 22, 2015:
Thank you for sharing your concern regarding the inappropriate behavior and language used by certain groups of teens at Brentwood Library. I can assure you that we share your concern. The staff at the library are actively addressing the situation. We have implemented the following measures:
  • Due to the ongoing nature of the problem, the teens responsible for the situation have been excluded from the library for a duration of two months. 
  • A security guard is already posted in the library. He will be present every night, 4:30-8:30 pm, for the next couple of weeks after which the situation will be reassessed. 
  • The Police Community Response Unit has been contacted and walks through and around the library during after school hours have already started.
These measures should put a stop to inappropriate behaviour and improve customer experience in the library. As you know, there is a wide concern regarding such behaviour in The Kingsway Area.

Increased security measures have also been taken by Our Lady of Sorrows Church just to the east of the same area which has been experiencing problems with teens congregating in the Church parking lot, as was noted in the following statement:
Lighting:
  • In March, we installed a high-powered light on the southeast side of the Running Room building to better illuminate both the parking lot and the garden area on the east side of that building where young people were congregating in the evenings.
  • We are looking into the possibility of adding a second high power light at the south side of our parking lot near the garage.
Trespass Order:
  • Several weeks ago, as soon as it was suggested to us, Our Lady of Sorrows Church signed a trespass order to the Police so that they have the permission/authority to remove any young people congregating in our parking lot.
Parking Lot and Security:
  • Several months ago we increased safety within the lot by adding a second access point so we could have both a dedicated entrance and a dedicated exit.
  • It must be pointed out that restricting car access to the lot will not solve the issue of young people congregating in the lot. There are multiple pedestrian entrances to our lot which cannot be barricaded.
  • We have been conducting on-going meetings with respect to signage and policy decisions about access.
Roof Access:
  • We are actively getting quotes to put a guard on the fixed ladder that goes to the roof of the Running Room building. This ladder has been in place for decades without any problems until the last few weeks. The guard will be in place as soon as possible to prevent young people from hoisting each other up and climbing to the roof.
We have been communicating with the Police and acting on their suggestions as to what we can do to assist them. Only by working together, reporting crimes to the Police and supporting each other, can we make a difference in our community.

If you witness similar disturbing activity in your area, please:
  • Call 9-1-1 if the threat is immediate
  • For non-urgent situations, call 22 Division at 416-808-2222, you are not bothering them, this is their job and they want to hear about it
  • Don’t assume that someone else will call, it is better for the Police to get 2 calls than none
  • Always lock your house and garage door(s)
  • Always lock your vehicle(s), even when parked inside your garage
  • Leave an outside light on overnight

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.