Getting to the Roots of Crime2010 - 2014 Community Plan
Quite simply, preventing crime before it happens, is the Smart thing to do. Smart on Crime in Waterloo Region is our community’s plan for engaging the entire region, from the grassroots to the highest levels of decision making, in creating sustainable momentum, actions and results today. Find out how you can get smart on crime in your community.
That’s the response I usually get from friends and family when I tell them that I’ve spent the past two years coordinating a project to address gendered violence against university students. I generally concur with the exasperation, but am quick to point out that it seems unfair to expect to see less gendered violence on campus when relatively little has changed in how we address it on university campuses and in the surrounding communities in which university students live, work and play.
Despite homicide being a rare event in Canada, when it happens, it is the highlight of media headlines. Television news, newspapers, and social media sources all follow the story closely. In parallel to media coverage, there is a steady growth of stories being told about crime. These are found in popular novels writing about true crimes and television dramas sensationalizing the role of police and courts.
Maybe even much like February 3rd, 2015... cold, crisp and clear, with a bright full moon.
A group of enthusiastic and passionate community leaders presented the work of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Council to Waterloo Region Council. At the time, they had been operating for almost 2 years! Their proposal on February 3rd, 1995 was to evolve from a 'task group' to a more formal entity, with a paid staff!