Preventing crime in our neighbourhoods and city starts with protecting your family, your home and your property. A few times a year, Peel Police provides a free in-depth academy program for residents to gain essential crime prevention knowledge. The program is run by Peel Police officers with first-hand knowledge in crime prevention. Expert guests present on counterfeit money detection, crime stoppers, neighbourhood watch, home security, auto security, crime prevention through environmental design and a number of other topics.
The program runs for 2.5 hours each night over 4 consecutive Tuesday’s starting 7pm March 24, 2020 at Emil Kolb Centre for Police Excellence building at 180 Derry Road East in Mississauga. Residents must attend all 4 sessions to receive a certificate.
At the 2nd session, participants interact with speakers from Safe City Mississauga and Neighbourhood Watch Brampton on the benefits of getting to know your neighbours, how to make your neighbourhoods safer and how to get started organizing your neighbourhood. Fazal Khan, the Program Manager for Neighbourhood Watch Brampton says that “the Crime Prevention Academy should be a prerequisite program for anyone who wants to buy a home, for residents who have lived in their home for a while but don’t feel safe, and for everybody else that think they know how to protect their property.”
Khan says that “a lot of the second hand advice we base our lives on are misguided.” He uses the example of what many parents tell their teenagers or elderly family members who stay in the house for a few hours by themselves. “We tell them not to answer the door and to pretend nobody is home if some knocks on the front door.” That advice he says could result in confrontation with a thief who breaks-in because he thinks the house is unoccupied.
Register and meet a few of your neighbours from across the region. Seats fill quickly.