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Posted November 9, 2011


Crime Prevention Week (Nov 7-11)

Crime Prevention Starts With You

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council unveiled caped crime prevention crusaders this week in recognition of Crime Prevention Week (November 7-11). Say Hi Guy and Say Hi Gal will sporadically take to the streets of Waterloo Region to promote a message that everyone has a role to play in crime prevention and it can start with an act as simple as saying Hi.

Watch for Say Hi Guy and Say Hi Gal as they greet people throughout Waterloo Region and hand out Say Hi stickers to encourage people to connect with one another by saying hi.

“We know that a connected community is a safer community,” said Christiane Sadeler, Executive Director of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. “Everyone has a role to play in building a safer community and it starts with taking the first step and saying hi to others. It is our hope that our Say Hi super heroes make that connection for people.”

“Say Hi Guy and Say Hi Gal represent the quiet superhero in all of us. We all have the ability to wear the cape,” added John Shewchuk, Chair of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, “By saying hi we are able to reach out and be inclusive of others. It is something everyone is capable of doing, it’s free to do and the rewards are great.”

The WRCPC launched a community-wide Say Hi campaign in 2004 and modified the campaign creative (poster and bookmarks) in 2007, in an effort to translate the Say Hi message into a school context while also addressing themes of inclusion, student engagement, diversity and understanding within a school community. Visit here.

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