A New Story is Needed…..

Posted on: January 27th, 2014 By: Smart on Crime

As a Friend of Crime Prevention, I believe that that the heart of crime prevention is through social and community development….. Imagine neighbourhoods where everyone feels a sense of belonging, where inclusion trumps fear. Imagine workplaces where people belong, and where respect and collaboration trump power and politics. Imagine schools where belonging trumps bullying and […]

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Public Opinion and Crime

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 By: Anthony Piscitelli

Public opinion polls have been asking Canadians questions about crime policy, perceptions of crime, and attitudes towards the criminal justice system for over forty years. During this time over 700 questions about crime have been asked by Gallup, Pollara, Ipsos Reid, Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey, the Canadian Election Study and Environics Institute. LISPOP associate […]

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Neighbourhood Policing: a Learning Opportunity for Friends of Crime Prevention

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 By: Smart on Crime

Several times a year the network of Friends of Crime Prevention gathers for a learning and collaboration event hosted by the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC). To usher in 2014, WRCPC hosted a learning event on ‘Neighbourhood Policing’. Naturally, Friends of Crime Prevention & WRCPC have a common interest with the police on all […]

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What we’re reading: Where we live matters

Posted on: January 8th, 2014 By: Juanita Metzger

Title: Where We Live Matters | Place-based neighbourhood work – A review, promising practice and an approach Authors: Jody Orr and staff of Community Development Halton This new publication from Community Development Halton is a comprehensive read for any community development animator who works directly in neighbourhoods. Recognizing that the landscape of community work has changed […]

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I feel responsible

Posted on: January 6th, 2014 By: Juanita Metzger

“I feel responsible…..” These are the exact words from a parent following a neighbourhood discussion about youth, drugs and addiction. But it’s maybe not the story you are imagining. In my work as Community Engagement Coordinator with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, I spend some of my time with neighbourhoods, working through issues and […]

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Best of the blog: Our top 13 of 2013

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 By: Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

I just love this time of January when you get to take a look back at what’s been accomplished over the past year, ponder what worked well and scratch your head about what emerged that you never expected. As we turn the page into 2014, I also love the tradition of digging into our blog […]

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Police Reported Crime: The best indicator of crime in Waterloo Region

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 By: Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

The crime rate records the amount of police reported crime per 100,000 people. In this number, all crimes are counted equally. This represents approximately one third of the crime that occurs in Canada; this varies by jurisdiction and type of crime. The Crime Severity Index and the Violent Crime Severity Index weight crimes according to […]

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Single parent headed households: Who’s minding the kids from 3 – 6pm?

Posted on: December 4th, 2013 By: Anthony Piscitelli

Communities with a higher proportion of lone-parent headed households are associated with higher crime rates. Children from lone parent headed households face low incomes and other significant risk factors for becoming a victim or perpetrator of crime. The chart below tracks percentage of lone parent families in Waterloo Region and Ontario. The second chart tracks […]

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Single parent headed households: Perspectives from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region

Posted on: December 4th, 2013 By: Smart on Crime

To take a deeper look at the Single Parent Headed Households indicator in Snapshot in Time: Root Causes of Crime in Waterloo Region, we talked to Julie Philips, Chief Operating Officer for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Waterloo Region. 1. What is your response to the data presented on this indicator/variable? How does it make […]

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Fear of fear and Risk of risk

Posted on: November 25th, 2013 By: Smart on Crime

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but how it treats its lowest ones” – Nelson Mandela You have probably heard of Andrew Wiggins, Canada’s top high school basketball player. But do […]

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