Safety and crime prevention walk set for Thursday in Windsor

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The City of Windsor is teaming up with the Windsor Police Service to host a safety and crime prevention walk this Thursday.

People are invited to the community walk to learn how to prevent opportunities for crime, change the way they see and walk through their neighbourhood, and learn personal safety tips.

The walk is being planned as part of the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, a plan adopted by the City of Windsor and County of Essex in 2021.

The Safer Ontario Act required municipalities to prepare and adopt community safety and well-being plans to identify and prioritize regional and local risk factors, while also working to enhance collaboration across multiple sectors by strengthening how communities collectively coordinate services on issues related to safety and well-being.

This is the first walk to be held in Windsor but other walks have already taken place in Tecumseh, Essex and Leamington, with plans to hold additional walks in the future across the city and Essex County.

Stephen Lynn, Manager of Social Policy and Planning for the City of Windsor, says the walk will look at crime prevention through environmental design to eliminate or reduce criminal behaviour.

Lynn says the learning from this will be high impact but low cost measures.

"Thinking about things like shrubs or bushes, or potential lighting. That will definitely have a high impact on their crime prevention and strengthening their home or neighbourhood," he says. "Certainly this is a great opportunity for people to learn from experts in the field and apply it directly to themselves."

The Downtown Windsor Neighbourhood Safety Walk will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Anyone who wants to take part will meet at Mitchell Park 399 Giles Blvd. W., and staff from the City of Windsor and Windsor Police Service will guide a round-trip walk, approximately 2 kilometres, through the neighbourhood north of the park. 

Registration is free, but space is limited. Please call 311 to register.

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A map of the route that will be taken during a safety and crime prevention being hosted by the City of Windsor and Windsor Police Service on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. (Photo: City of Windsor)