Cobourg Police say that “concerns raised online about community safety and crime … do not align with the reports we have been receiving” so they conducted a community canvass in the east end of Cobourg. They wanted to “hear directly from residents about their community safety concerns, learn about any unreported crime, and look at how we can address concerns or bring issues to the appropriate community partner to be able to address the issue.” The problem is that people feel unsafe but it seems that this is not reflected in crime reports – so it’s good to see Police being proactive and trying to understand the concerns. Police have not yet said specifically how they will react to information learned except that they will “work to address police-related issues” and “post follow-up actions, resources, and responses to canvass feedback on the CPS Facebook page”.
From Press Release – unedited
Between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm on November 11, uniform officers and special constables canvassed 116 homes. They spoke with 90 individuals from the neighbourhoods of Cottesmore Avenue, Meredith Avenue, Thomas Street, Jane Street, Brook Road North, Rolling Street, and King Street East (between Cottesmore Avenue and Brook Road North).
The top community concerns brought forward by residents were:
- Feeling unsafe while walking in the neighbourhood.
- Concerns with people trespassing on their property.
- Concerns with property being stolen from backyards and porches.
- Concerns with people going through garbage and recycling.
- Finding drug paraphernalia in the area.
- Speed and traffic concerns.
- Street lighting.
When asked what they would like to see done to address concerns, the top responses were:
- Increased police presence through foot patrols, especially at night.
- Implementation of CCTV cameras in and around neighbourhoods.
- Speed and traffic enforcement in the area, especially around schools.
- Better neighbourhood lighting.
It’s good to see the Police taking this initiative – they say they will “conduct community canvasses in other areas of the Town of Cobourg in the future”. And the personal touch with visits and not an online survey is welcome. Note that “follow-up actions, resources, and responses to canvass feedback will be posted on the CPS Facebook page“.
- Cobourg Police Media page
- Report to Police Board on 21 November – NEW – additional to original post. On agenda of Board meeting on 21 November. More details including statistics of involvement at encampment.
- Town Statement/Update – 17 November – NEW