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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Community Alert - Warm Weather Crime

Warm Weather Crime Alert
As the temperatures outside are rising, typically so does our crime. As there are far more people out and about on warmer days and evenings, this can lead to more criminal activity. The Toronto Police Service wants to make you aware of this so that you take extra precautions when necessary to prevent yourself from becoming a victim. Be aware that you're wearing lighter clothing, so that your wallets and purses may be more visible. Try and conceal these items as best as possible, by carrying only what you need for the day. Avoid carrying large sums of money or wearing large amounts of expensive jewelry.
Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Try and stay in groups if you're out walking. Be extra careful if you are wearing an Ipod or MP3 player as criminals tend to target people who don't appear focused on their surroundings. Make sure not to "look" like a victim. Walk with confidence and make eye contact with others. Should you find yourself the victim of a purse snatch or robbery, try and remain calm and contact Police immediately. You're also encouraged to phone Police when you observe suspicious behaviour or groups of people that are loitering in places that they shouldn't be.
Some areas that should be noted where extra caution should be taken is in and around Fairview Mall and the Don Mills Subway Station and along Leslie Steet from Sheppard Avenue E. to Finch Avenue E.
This message was brought to you by the 33 Division Crime Prevention Officer.