Long Branch Neighbourhood Watch met at Thrive Restaurant at 4:00 pm on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015

I’m pleased I had the opportunity to attend the Long Branch Neighbourhood Watch meeting, organized by Anton Scheglov, which took place at 4:00 pm on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at the Thrive Restaurant on Lake Shore Blvd. West. The group recently launched a Facebook page.

I’m a great fan of face to face meetings. We can learn a lot by meeting online but we can also benefit so much from face to face meetings.

Nov. 24 Town Hall Meeting with Toronto Police Service

There will be a Town Hall Meeting, organized by 22 Division, Toronto Police Service. The meeting will at the L-Building at Humber College (behind the Tim Hortons) in Rm L-1017 on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Join us for Long Branch Neighbourhood Association launch meeting on Nov. 30

This is a good time to mention that the launch of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association will take place at the same room, L-1017, at Humber College (behind the Tim Hortons) on Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive. The latter meeting with be on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

For more information, please read these posts:

Formation of Long Branch Neighbourhood Association

Long Branch Neighbourhood Association Launch – Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at Humber College L-Building, 7:00 pm 

Our local Neighbourhood Watch

Anton Scheglov reviewed a meeting he attended, in connection with the new Long Branch Neighbourhood Watch, with Toronto Police Services.

Anton noted that the neighbourhood is fairly safe. He added that it’s important to report incidents. That can be done on Facebook and also through a Google Docs spreadsheet that is available to those of us who are part of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Watch Facebook Group.

Toronto Police Service noted that thefts from parked vehicles are often unreported, but they should be reported.

It’s recommended that people lock their cars, and leave valuable in their house rather than in their car – and especially it’s a good idea to ensure that any valuables are kept out of sight, in the event you leave anything of value in your car. “Lock it or lose it”: that’s the slogan.

If you see kids loitering, engaging in the creation of graffiti, talk to the principal at the school close where you see the young people loitering. A case was described, at the meeting on Nov. 8, where the principal at a local school was informed, and the principal had no problem in identifying the students who had been observed, and in ensuring that the incidents in question were not repeated.

Know your neighbours; talk with your neighbours

Also, Toronto Police Services has noted that “small and decentralized” is a good approach, with regard to setting up of a Neighbourhood Watch. That’s where the concept is most effective. The more people you know, in your neighbourhood, and talk with, the better.

After Anton’s overview, there was a wide-ranging discussion. Among other topics, there was a discussion related to the demographic profile of the Long Branch community. We also discussed coyotes; it’s a concern to be aware of. It’s also worth noting that we have two large parks in the area, and many animals like to hang out there, including coyotes. As well, we discussed traffic concerns along Elder Avenue, and the new development at Vincent Massey School.

I enjoyed the meeting. I encourage Long Branch residents to attend future face to face meetings of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Watch. Please note, as well, that there are public meetings on Nov. 24 and 30 that will be of interest to many of us; both meetings start at 7:00 pm in Room L-1017 at the L-Building at Humber College.

Other posts of relevance:

Warning: Man taking photos of children – Fairgrounds Cafe at Fortieth and Lake Shore

Distraction thefts affecting seniors in South Etobicoke and elsewhere

Warning about drone looking into windows of buildings north of Long Branch Park – early on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 

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