Category Archives: Crime Prevention

Thwarting bike theft

Des Ryan, a board director with the Cabbagetown Residents’ Association, is a retired Toronto police officer. This article written by Des is part of an occasional Cabbagetowner feature on improving safety and security in our neighbourhood. Perhaps inspired by the … Continue reading

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Seek references for anyone offering odd-job help

One of an occasional series of articles by Board Director Des Ryan, a retired police officer, on safety and security. If you’re like me, the handiest gesture you ever make is walking into the Home Hardware on Parliament to pick … Continue reading

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Theft or damage, big or small: report it!

Des Ryan, a new board director with the Cabbagetown Residents’ Association, is a retired Toronto police officer. This article written by Des is part of an occasional Cabbagetowner feature on improving safety and security in our neighbourhood. Let’s say I’ve … Continue reading

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Braking news: Bayview Extension speed limit reduced again

The Cabbagetowner noticed this weekend that the speed limit signs on the Bayview Extension between Pottery Road and River Street have been replaced to indicate a 50 km/h limit. The speed limit in this area was 70 km/h from the … Continue reading

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Community caution: Callers pretending to be from Enbridge

Readers might recall us warning residents in April of scammers going door-to-door in the neighbourhood pretending to be from Enbridge. We have reecent reports from residents on Aberdeen Avenue that the scammers are now politely calling ahead of time offering … Continue reading

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Community caution: possible contractor scam reported in the neighbourhood

We have received reports of a possible scam in the neighbourhood, where some men offer to repair front walkways and do other outdoor maintenance work but after receiving partial or full payment, they leave the work unfinished or in disrepair. … Continue reading

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Cabbagetown South: Rise in house break-ins during the last week

We received this message from our friends at the Cabbagetown South Residents Association (cabbagetownsouth.ca). We have heard several reports of break ins in the neighbourhood in the last week. We remind area residents to be vigilant in keeping doors and … Continue reading

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Toronto Police Services – online poll on vehicle design

You might have read in the news that there was some controversy over a new design being used for police vehicles. The Police Chief put a hold on the new design to review options and there is now an online … Continue reading

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Scam alert: door-to-door salespeople pretending to be from Enbridge

We have had multiple reports from the neighbourhood of people going door-to-door pretending to be from Enbridge, but they are not actual representatives. These people are well-dressed, present themselves very professionally and politely, but are persistent – returning even after … Continue reading

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Holiday Security Tips

The holiday season is upon us and it’s a busy time of the year. We get distracted. Here are some tips from the CRA’s security expert, Des Ryan, to keep you and your possessions safe. Most crimes we experience are … Continue reading

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