Hamilton residents sign petition asking for more policing
Hundreds of Hamilton residents united in their efforts to convince city council to increase the police presence in East Richmond by signing a petition that was presented this week to councillors.
Steven Ly delivered the 325-name petition to the city’s community safety committee on Tuesday afternoon. The signatures were collected after a rash of break-ins since December.
“They seem to be very sympathetic to our cause,” Ly said of the presentation.
Ly’s wife Pennie said a neighbourhood meeting was held at the area’s community centre last week in the wake of the break-ins.
“It was overwhelming,” she said of the turnout of more than 100 people. “They all support it. It seems like the community is getting together for these incidents...(they) want to see community police in the neighbourhood.”
Ly agreed: “I was very pleasantly surprised by how many people showed up...and how passionate people were. It was great to see.”
Ly’s home was the first to be targetted, prompting the couple’s involvement in the Block Watch program.
There have been a total of 15 break-ins in just three months, and on Wednesday night, the RCMP were leading a home-safety presentation on ways people can prevent break-ins to their homes.
Ultimately, Hamilton residents are hoping that councillors will live up to a much-discussed plan made many years ago to build a community police station there.