Input from the neighbourhood has helped create a draft Safety Plan for the West Broadway area. Residents, business and stakeholders will review the plan tonight to discuss safety and crime prevention in the area.
“The people who live in any neighbourhood care about where they live and are the experts on the needs and challenges of the neighbourhood,” said Katherine Carruthers, Resident and member of the Safety Plan Advisory Committee. “We are capable of finding solutions to our challenges, what we need is the respect and support to act upon them.”
The draft report will show the slowly falling crime rates in West Broadway and that the relative safety of community members in the neighbourhood is improving. It suggests that certain segments of the population face greater risks in their lives than others and need improved supports. It will also show that there is a fear in the community, much of it based on perception rather than reality, and that accurate information must be provided in order to overcome this anxiety and build a safer West Broadway.
The Safety Plan Forum is will take place at 7 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Crossways-In-Common, 222 Furby Street.