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Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Watch helps police nab armed robbery suspects


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Following the address by Montreal Police Cmdr. Sebastien de Montigny, Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle (above) told residents they can raise any concerns about a 20-unit condo project planned for Alton Drive and Elm Avenue with the promoter during a public information meeting scheduled for September 26.

The Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Watch program is being credited with helping SPVM Station 1 police apprehend three suspects for committing a recent spate of armed robberies in the community, according to Commander Sébastien de Montigny who made the announcement at the Monday evening council meeting, August 29.

“Two weeks ago we had information about three guys who were doing armed robberies on persons,” said de Montigny. “With information that we gave to Neighbourhood Watch, they were able to locate the suspects’ car in a restaurant parking lot. The police were then able to arrest the suspects.”

Recent break-ins into private residences in Beaconsfield and Kirkland prompted de Montigny to advise homeowners to make sure that house and car doors are always kept locked as a deterrent.

“I want to remind people that to stay safe, the doors to enter houses should always be locked,” said de Montigny. “Many of the break-ins happen because doors are not locked. This is a big problem for us and for citizens because the criminals have gone through entire houses and caused a big mess.”

And with students returning to school this week, de Montigny is reminding motorists that police will have a visible presence around all the regions’ schools covered by Station 1 to make sure speed limits are respected.

“We want to make sure that people respect the rules of the road in regard to the highway safety code to make sure our kids stay safe. This will be our number one priority for the next week,” said de Montigny.

Condo project public info meeting

Beaconsfield council announced that a public information meeting will be held September 26 at 7:30 p.m. at city hall to present the revised plans for a new condo project at the corner of Elm Aveune and Alton Drive.

Council approved a motion at Monday’s meeting that will allow the promoter of the 20-unit building to build a fourth floor to the originally proposed three-storey building, although the height of the building will remain the same, said Mayor Georges Bourelle.

There has been considerable opposition to the project from residents when it was first announced in June who feel that condominium construction will slowly erode the residential charm of the neighbourhood.

“I’m concerned about the fact that we’re going to four stories from the currently authorized three stories,” said one resident during question period. “With the increased densification and traffic that it’s going to cause, I feel that it’ll be a blight on the neighbourhood. It’s a concern and I hope that it will be clearly addressed at the upcoming public meeting.”

“You’re right with everything you said,” Bourelle replied, adding that the upcoming public presentation is the ideal venue for residents to raise their concerns about the project with the promoter. “When the final plans are presented a lot of these questions can be raised at that time.”

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