For the fifth consecutive year, Halton Region has been named the Safest Place to Live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the Safest Regional Municipality in Canada.
The results are determined based on Statistics Canada’s 2011 Crime Severity Index (CSI) scores. The CSI scores six personal and property crimes including homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, auto theft, robbery and breaking and entering.
Through actions identified in the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan, Halton Region is committed to working in partnership with the Halton Regional Police Service and community partners. Some of the programs we have implemented to encourage safety include Speedi, Road Watch, Drive SAFE and two Vehicle Activated Traffic Calming Signs. Other community programs include D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and Motive8, two programs that teach students about positive decision-making and drug abuse prevention.
Halton Region has the lowest police officer to resident ratios amongst the Big 12 Police Services, with 124 police officers per 100,000 residents. Even with this impressive ratio, Halton tops the list as the safest regional municipality. Halton’s reputation as a safe community is one of the reasons that so many people and businesses choose to call Halton home. This achievement is the result of our residents, businesses and local municipalities, working together with the great police officers and staff of the Halton Regional Police Service, to ensure Halton Region remains a safe place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
Source: Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr's blog about Halton's Regional events, programs, initiatives, and achievements