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 comumunity.
“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
A woman’s purse is snatched as she walks downtown. A youth is swarmed and attacked by four other youth. A man pounds on his neighbour’s door, uttering threats when she refused to return his son’s football. The woman fears leaving her home. Fear of crime can skyrocket for such victims of crime. Trouble concentrating, hyper-vigilance, and a generalized feeling of being unsafe may ensue. Crime victims may install alarm systems, seek Peace Bonds, or relocate, but an increased fear of crime may persist.
There has long been a perception that Kitchener's downtown core is more unsafe than other downtowns and neighbourhoods in our Region. To dig deeper into the Snapshot in Time: Root Causes of Crime in Waterloo Region indicator on fear of crime, we tracked down the Mayor of Kitchener, Carl Zehr.