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September 21, 2000
Toronto Crime Prevention Strategy Takes Flight
  
Community & Neighbourhood Services - The Task Force on Community Safety
released its second report, entitled "Toronto's Community Safety Strategy:
Turning words into action to make Toronto safer." The report is an update on
the success thus far in implementing the Task Force's original report and
recommendations that were approved by Toronto Council in March 1999.

"Toronto's Crime Prevention Strategy Report from March 1999 has not collected
one speck of dust. In fact, in just three years, Toronto has drafted and
approved a comprehensive crime prevention strategy, and we are well on our way
to implementing it," said Task Force Co-Chair Brad Duguid.

The report reveals that most of the Task Force recommendations are being acted
upon. For example, the City has been involved in numerous safety audits, the
development of safety design guidelines for new projects, a stronger
anti-graffiti by-law, the creation of community resource teams to tackle
problem properties, the establishment of a Drug Abuse Committee, expansion of
youth mentoring and recreational programming, and the development of a "City
Watch" program to provide thousands of additional eyes and ears on Toronto
streets.

"Whether it's hammering away at crack houses and after hours clubs with our
community resource teams, or training City staff to observe and report
suspicious activities, we are well on the way to implementing a crime
prevention strategy that will make Toronto one of the leading cities in the
world in community-based crime prevention," said Task Force Co-Chair Rob Davis.

The Task Force on Community Safety's second report focuses on the status of the
recommendations approved by Toronto Council in March 1999. The Task Force is
also working on a report that will likely be brought forward early in the next
term of Council on ways to refine and enhance the City's Crime Prevention
Strategy.


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