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2014-05-07 at 16:08

For the City of Windsor, something as simple as lighting can be a crime prevention tool

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THUNDER BAY -- The city of Windsor has used its official plan to prevent crime.

It's been done by keeping Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design in mind. Everything from lighting to how infrastructure is built can make a place more open and ultimately safer.

Windsor Police Service planning and physical resources director Barry Horrobin, in Thunder Bay to teach a workshop on the concept, said it's gone a long way to deter crime in his city.

"There are significant examples of where crime and disorder have dropped," he said.

It took a lot of work with various departments in Windsor from parks to transit to get the principles adopted.

"It didn't happen overnight, it took a lot of years," Horrobin said.

Crime prevention council chair Tom Walters said it's something he'd like to see Thunder Bay take on, part of the reason the council and Thunder Bay Police Service' Zone Watch had Horrobin come to the city.

It fits in well with the crime prevention council's strategy of getting people to take back spaces in their neighbourhoods and making them safer.

"I would really like to make a recommendation from our end of things that we look at how could these principles be applied in the city plan," he said.

Const. Julie Tilbury said officers are always looking to make the community safer. Environmental design can bring more people to a public space and make it safer for everyone.

"I think it's just a natural fit with what we do day-to-day," she said.

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ring of fire dude says:
Something simple like keeping the criminals in custody instead of letting them loose to re-offend again would also go a long way . Time for a bigger jail if the district jail is always full .
5/7/2014 5:09:56 PM
tsb says:
Haha, yeah, this totally worked for the US, the country that's so safe, its citizens cower in fear while clinging to their guns!
5/7/2014 9:42:39 PM
tbay87 says:
While I'm generally in favor of harsher sentences for violent criminals, they're not a silver bullet. Look at the USA where sentences tend to be very harsh but many cities have crime problems unmatched anywhere in Canada.
5/8/2014 1:47:06 AM
caesarjbasquitti says:
Prevention is the best of it in health care, crime, poverty, ....

We have to be aware that if we are not careful some government services can become 'parasitic' feeding off the problems...paradoxically creating more problems.

As the fire department promotes prevention, this simple concept is the best of cures for some !
5/12/2014 12:10:05 AM
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