Toronto Crime Stoppers and Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) today kicked off a new partnership to promote awareness of the Crime Stoppers program and provide TCHC residents with an anonymous avenue to report suspicious or illegal activity taking place in their communities.
Today's partnership announcement saw the installation of the first Crime Stoppers sign on TCHC property, and outlined new initiatives Crime Stoppers and TCHC will be undertaking. Over the next few months, the Crime Stoppers program will be rolled out to all communities across TCHC's portfolio, including meetings with residents, youth outreach activities - such as youth Positive Ticketing program in partnership with Mac's Convenience Stores, installation of high-impact Crime Stoppers signage, and distribution of public awareness and educational materials.
By working with Crime Stoppers, Toronto Community Housing will leverage its network of corporate sponsors and expertise in developing education, awareness programs and campaigns to develop programs specific to Toronto Community Housing's needs.
This partnership with Crime Stoppers is one more pillar of Toronto Community Housing's approach to safety and security, complementing existing programs such as joint patrols by TCHC's Community Safety Unit with Toronto Police Service, participation in Community Policing Liaison Committees, community outreach, and the upgrading of its 5,500 security cameras to high-resolution digital.
Quotes"The hardest thing that I had ever had to face in my life was the death of my 14 year old niece. What makes it even harder is people with valuable information are not willing to talk. Call Crime Stoppers and help put an end to these senseless killings."
-Troy Ross, Two-time Olympian and former world-ranked cruiserweight boxer
"Our residents' safety is a top priority for Toronto Community Housing. By working together with Crime Stoppers, we'll be able to build on their expertise to help reduce illegal activity in communities. There is no one-size-fits-all solution and we all have to work together to make Toronto a safer city."
-Greg Spearn, President and CEO (Interim), Toronto Community Housing
"Crime Stoppers is a community program, operated by volunteers who are committed to making our City a safer place. This collaborated community awareness approach with Toronto Community Housing will provide an effective method to educate the community on Crime Stoppers, with a constant reminder on where they can provide information on criminal activity anonymously. Breaking the silence is a positive step towards making the communities across Toronto a safer"
-Sean Sportun, Vice Chair, Toronto Crime Stoppers
About Toronto Crime Stoppers
is a partnership of the public, police and media that provides the community with a proactive program for people to assist the police anonymously to solve crimes, thereby contributing to an improved quality of life. Since 1984, Crime Stoppers has provided citizens with a vehicle to anonymously supply the police with information about a crime or potential crime of which they have knowledge. Cash rewards of up to $2,000 are offered to people who call the program and their information leads to an arrest.
About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing
is Canada's largest provider of social housing, delivering homes for nearly 60,000 households with low and moderate incomes. By working to provide clean, safe, well-maintained and affordable housing, Toronto Community Housing builds better homes, better neighbourhoods and a better Toronto for all.