The crime situation seems to be getting a little out of control and this is having many Brampton residents worried. On September 15, over 200 Concerned Residents of Brampton attended a town hall where the issue of affordable housing and public safety was discussed in detail. Several prominent citizens and public figures were present, including Councillors Paul Vicente, Harkirat Singh, Pat Fortini, Gurpreet Dhillon, Charmaine Williams, MPP Sara Singh, MPP Deepak Anand and also vice chief of Peel Police Board Ron Chatha. As expected, the politicians assured residents that their concerns would be addressed on priority.
In terms of house robbery, in 2016, Peel Region had 3,454 reports of break and enters, and 15.4 percent of them were solved.
In 2016, Peel Region had 2007 vehicle thefts reported, with a 9.1 % solvency rate.
The residents urged all three levels of government to act immediately to handle a situation that seems to be getting out of control.
The general consensus was that the Peel police needed to have more resources and had to engage with the community in order to get more tips that could lead to solving more cases. There was also a feeling that the laws should not allow criminals out on bail the very next day. The problem of affordable housing was also discussed, and it was pointed out that the current wait time is an astounding nine years.
A series of town hall meetings are to be held periodically to address these pressing concerns and to hold elected officials and bureaucrats accountable. -CINEWS