Ajax residents were invited to a free community safety forum, presented in partnership by the Durham Regional Police, the Town of Ajax, the Durham Elder Abuse Network and Mac’s Convenience Stores (Ontario).
The morning session focused on seniors’ safety. Sgt. John Keating, DRPS’ Senior Support Officer, and Tammy Rankin, Elder Abuse Advisor at the Region of Durham, spoke to seniors about current scams going on that often target their age group. They also gave the group tips for staying safe at home and when in public.
The afternoon session focused on safety for homeowners and businesses. The guest speakers were Sean Sportun, Manager of Security and Loss Prevention with Mac’s Convenience Stores, along with Cst. Marten Wind, Community Officer and Crime Prevention Specialist at the Durham Regional Police Service, and Morgen Dobson, the DRPS Regional Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator. Sean Sportun spoke about community engagement. He showed how Mac’s Convenience Stores use community engagement and social media to create partnerships, identify criminals, prevent crime and enhance overall community safety.
Cst. Wind gave an overview of tips for homeowners to protect their property and prevent crime, while Morgen Dobson advised attendees how best to partner with the police service and their neighbours by being aware and alert of suspicious or unusual activity in their neighbourhoods and reporting this to police. She also spoke about the Neighbourhood Watch program in Durham, and invited attendees to contact her directly to learn more about this community-based crime prevention initiative.
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Sgt. John Keating speaks to seniors. (JPG file, 1,736.9K bytes)
Sean Sportun makes his presentation on community engagement. (JPG file, 1,602.5K bytes)
Sean Sportun speaks to an attendee. (JPG file, 1,837.9K bytes)
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