City Hall and other city-owned properties are seeing an increase in police and security calls.
So much so, that a report being presented to the Committee of the Whole on September 5 recommends hiring two security guards and purchasing a vehicle.
“While City Hall is equipped with access controls, security cameras and other alarms, the facility itself was never designed to be protected against the security threats and issues facing society today,” written in a report authored by David Wiedrick, Manager of Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing.
In 2016, staff responded to 79 security calls at City Hall and Guelph police were called out 25 times for assistance. Already in June of this year, there have been 45 security calls and 20 calls to police at City Hall.
The report says the calls include, amongst others: suspicious people, medical calls, domestic disputes, and assaults.
Also in 2016, staff responded to 448 security calls at other city properties, not including parks, and police were called 226 times for assistance.
Calls to police have already been surpassed in 2017 as officers have already responded to about 222 calls for assistance, according to the report.
These issues involve drug related calls, intoxication, trespassing, theft, vandalism, and assaults.
The report recommends that the expanded security be considered during the 2018 budget deliberations.