October 10, 2011
In light of recent unfortunate activities related to vandalism and suspected arson in the Stittsville community during the last month, I would like to reassure you that these incidents are being considered with the utmost priority.
A meeting was held upon my request, through Mayor Jim Watson’s office, and attended by Mayor Watson, Police Chief Vern White, Fire Chief John deHooge, colleagues Councillor Mark Taylor and Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, as well as City staff and myself.
As the investigation continues into the September 30 suspicious fire at 721 Eagle Crest Heights and vandalism to more than 30 vehicles on several Stittsville streets, Chief White has confirmed that additional police patrolling in marked and unmarked vehicles has been assigned to the affected areas. Furthermore, the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office will also be participating in the investigation of the September 30 suspicious fire.
I am also working with local developers to ensure construction sites are secured and adequate security protection is in place.
You have a key role to play in being vigilant of any suspicious activities in your neighbourhood. If you see any suspicious activities, please call the Ottawa Police at 613-230-6211 immediately to report the details.
I also encourage neighbourhood groups to setup Neighbourhood Watch teams. I have attached a link for additional information on organizing these teams:
While I recognize and share the community’s concerns about these recent troubling incidents, by working together as a community, we can put a stop to these current criminal activities in our neighbourhoods. Thank you for your efforts.
On October 13 at 7 pm at the Johnny Leroux Community
Centre at 10 Warner Colpitts Lane a meeting will be held to
discuss these incidents. Further information on this meeting
will be made available on my website.
Crime Prevention Ottawa
Crime Prevention Ottawa, in collaboration with the Youth Services Board, invites you to attend the upcoming Public Forum, Ottawa Youth Gangs: Pathways in, Pathways Out.” This event is taking place October 24th at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive, 7pm-9pm.
The event will feature a guest panel of experts to explore the latest research on youth gangs in Ottawa, including what our children need, the life course history of Ottawa gang members and approaches for helping them leave gang life. They will examine why youth join gangs, why many reject help and what the CPO is doing about it.
R.S.V.P. to Crime Prevention
5769 Fernbank Rd Development
The applicant has submitted a plan of subdivision and zoning application for this 4.55 hectare site located along the north side of Fernbank Road, less than a kilometre east of Shea Road, and west of Terry Fox Drive.