|Toronto Police Service
Media advisory, Thursday, March 21, 2013, 11 a.m., Dundas Street West/Huron Street, Project “Blue Serpent”
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 3:51 PM
On Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 11 a.m., Acting Unit Commander Howard Page and the Chinatown Business Improvement Area Chair Tony Louie will meet at the corner of Dundas Street West and Huron Street to announce the start of Project “Blue Serpent.”Acting Superintendent Page will be speaking about the launch of project “Blue Serpent,”an eight-week project that began on Monday, March 18, 2013. The project is focusing on crime prevention, local disorder issues related to robberies, theft from autos, panhandling, intoxicated person(s), drugs and any related problems.
Police are being proactive and directing additional patrols in the Chinatown area.
Similar projects have taken place over the past years in the downtown Chinatown area. Blue Serpent will be very similar. Chinatown is a very safe neighbourhood. Officers will provide a heightened presence in the area and will be proactive by visiting local businesses and reviewing crime prevention strategies as well as utilizing Auxiliary Officers to educate residents and visitors to remind them to lock their car doors and not store any valuables in their cars.
Graffiti remains to be a main concern to the Chinatown BIA. Police will be working with the community and are encouraging residents, visitors and business owners who witness the act of graffiti taking place to immediately call police on the emergency 9-1-1 telephone line to report this or any other crime in progress. If you see suspicious activity or witness a crime, please call police at 416-808-2222. All acts of graffiti should be reported to police. Person(s) who wilfully damage property commit the criminal act of ‘Mischief’ and are subject to prosecution under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Acting Superintendent Howard Page, 52 Division
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