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About Us

Welcome to the public alert channel for Central Etobicoke Neighbourhood Watch, a cooperative network of local Neighbourhood Watch groups in Central Etobicoke including communities such as Islington VillageThorncrest Village, Princess Gardens, West Deane Park, Eatonville, Humber Valley Village and The Kingsway.

We believe that one of the first steps to preventing crime in our community is to be aware of what is happening, inform each other about it, and thus more easily recognize suspicious or criminal activity when we see it on our streets.

For more information, or to get in touch with your local Neighbourhood Watch group, please contact: CentralEtobicokeWatch@gmail.com


What is Neighbourhood Watch?

Neighbourhood Watch is simply a program of neighbours watching other neighbours’ property during times when burglaries are likely to occur. A Police officer patrolling your community may not recognize a stranger in your yard – but your neighbours would!

How does it work?

The program works through mutual aid – neighbours watching out for neighbours. Neighbours know who you are, what type of car you own and may be the first to notice a burglar at your window or door. each neighbour can effectively watch those homes to each side, front and back of their own home.

How to develop the program

To develop a Neighbourhood Watch program in your neighbourhood, contact your local Police. They will assist in developing a community plan. For the program to be totally effective, each resident must take an active role in both security improvement and observation.

If you see something suspicious

Write down the description of any suspicious person. Get the make, model, colour and license plate number of strange vehicles. Call the Police and other members of your Neighbourhood Watch group immediately.

If you are going away

Leave the following information with a trusted friend or neighbour:
  • Where you are going.
  • How you can be reached, in case of an emergency.
  • When you expect to return.
  • If anyone will be at your home (gardener, repair person, etc.)
  • Leave a key with your friend or neighbour.

What else can you do?

If you know your neighbour is away and you see an obvious invitation to a burglar, correct it. Close the open garage door and remove the accumulation of newspapers from their doorstep. Why not be friendly?
  • Keep an eye on strangers in your neighbourhood. The unauthorized candy seller or the teenager selling newspaper subscriptions may use an unanswered doorbell as an opportunity to enter an unsecured home.
  • The person “taking a short-cut” through your backyard may have broken into your neighbour’s home. Don’t assume someone else has called... CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY. 
  • Write down license plate numbers and descriptions of strange vehicles parked at your neighbour’s house.

What to watch out for

  • Suspicious persons or activities.
  • Write down license plate numbers and descriptions.
  • Vehicles passing by numerous times, suspiciously parked or constantly travelling in alleyways.

How to protect yourself

  • Good lighting.
  • Good lock security.
  • Secure all doors and windows when your house is unoccupied.
  • Let a trusted friend or neighbour know when you are on vacation.
  • Join Operation Identification (a program designed to discourage the theft of valuables and provide a way to easily identify stolen property – for more information, contact your local Police).
  • Make the effort, become acquainted with your neighbours.