Crime Prevention Association of Toronto
mobilize, educate & support
Who we are
The Crime Prevention Association of Toronto, CPAT, is a community-based non-profit crime prevention organization that coordinates Neighbourhood Watch and Vertical Watch groups across Toronto.  

We assist and empower neighbourhoods, businesses, and individuals to take action to reduce crime.

We Mobilize, Educate and Support communities to prevent crime.
Neighbourhood Watch
Vertical Watch
Parking Lot Safety
Neighbours watching out for other neighbours and reporting suspicious things to the police.
Neighbours in apartments watching out for their neighbours and reporting suspicious things to the police.
How to park safely to avoid vehicle break-ins, robberies and assaults.
What we do
CPAT prevents crime through education and the sharing of resources and expertise.

CPAT has coordinated Neighbourhood Watch and Vertical Watch groups across Toronto since 2005 and, before that, across North York since the 1980s. CPAT has provided a variey of public education programs to the full spectrum of Toronto communities including, in particular, seniors, youth and businesses.

CPAT promotes crime prevention by providing:
  • coaching on how to start and maintain Neghbourhood Watch and Vertical Watch groups;
  • educational programming and resources on crime prevention steps that can be taken by all segments of the community;
  • guidance on effective crime reporting, tracking and prevention measures and strategies; and
  • networking opportunities that encourage neighbourhood solidarity and resource sharing.
Words of Wisdom from Jane Jacobs
from "The Death and Life of Great American Cities", 1961
A city street equipped to handle strangers, and to make a safety asset, in itself, our of the presence of strangers, as the streets of successful city neighborhoods always do, must have three main qualities:

First, there must be a clear demarcation between what is public space and what is private space. Public and private spaces cannot ooze into each other as they do typically in suburban settings or in projects.

Second, there must be eyes upon the street, eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the street. The buildings on a street equipped to handle strangers and to insure the safety of both residents and strangers, must be oriented to the street. They cannot turn their backs or blank sides on it and leave it blind.

And third, the sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously, both to add to the number of effective eyes on the street and to induce the people in buildings along the street to watch the sidewalks in sufficient numbers. Nobody enjoys sitting on a stoop or looking out a window at an empty street. Almost nobody does such a thing. Large numbers of people entertain themselves, off and on, by watching street activity.”

That's Neighbourhood Watch - Eyes on the Street.