One Toronto neighbourhood is banding together to fight against crime.
A group of fed-up residents are resorting to hiring a friendly neighbourhood Toronto security guard in the wake of a string of crime.
The security guard has been performing safety patrols at night. The goal of the security patrol is to work alongside our first responders to increase safety in our neighbourhood.
David Saad, GoFundMe Organizer
The residents, who lived in Cabbagetown, have started a GoFundMe to help pay for the private security patrol.
The fundraiser, which has raised $2,715, has the overarching goal of $10,000.
The private security guard, who is reportedly trained in both CPR and first aid, costs $205 per night.
The guard is meant to help prevent break-ins, overdoses and other crimes in the area.
If the current goal is reached the group will pay for security "two random nights" a week for six months.
However, the organizers hoped to eventually raise over $70K to hire security for seven nights a week for one year.
Mayor John Tory told CP24 on Thursday that, although the problems in Cabbagetown are pressing, private security should never replace a police service.