From 2013 to 2014, Overbrook saw a 17 per cent reduction in the number of police calls. During that time, residential break and enters in the area decreased by 31 per cent, and thefts from vehicles went down 50 per cent, according to Ottawa Police Service stats.
The police said overall crime is down in Overbrook, and the community is doing well in its response to incidents, including the recent shootings which the police believe are not indicative of the neighbourhood.
The Overbrook Community Association meeting held on February 19 also saw the announcement of Crime Prevention Ottawa being set to develop what it calls a "post-incident neighborhood protocol" within Overbrook in conjunction with the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre.
I told Ottawa Community News that: “This will allow for there to be a clear kind of procedure in how community resources can be utilized by people affected by crime."
The Overbrook Community Association will hold a public meeting on February 19 to discuss crime in the area, including recent shootings.
Crime Prevention Ottawa will give a brief presentation on ways the community can reduce violence. Ward 13 Councillor Tobi Nussbaum will highlight what the City is doing to increase public safety.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 at the Overbrook Community Centre on Quill Street. 1310News filed a report about the upcoming meeting.
Ward 12 Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury; Ward 18 Alta Vista Councillor Jean Cloutier; Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson; Overbrook Community Association President Rawlson King; Ward 13 Rideau-Rockcliffe Councillor Tobi Nussbaum. (Left to Right)
Overbrook residents are applauding the opening of the Coventry Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge this week, which will provide an important new transportation link for the community.
I told Ottawa Community News that it’s a great transportation link to Via train station, the Trainyards shopping district, baseball stadium and the future light rail transit station. I repeated these same opinions to CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning.