Crime Prevention Tips

Personal Safety Tips

  • Don’t leave valuables unsecured outside the home.
  • Ensure doors have deadbolts and windows have security locks.
  • When you leave your home, ensure windows are closed or locked – even on higher levels.
  • Consider a light timer when you are away from home.
  • Install motion sensor lights outside your home.
  • Document serial numbers of your electronics and take photos of your valuables.
  • If you suspect suspicious activity around your home or in your neighbourhood, call the non-emergency line. If you see a crime in progress, call 9-1-1.
  • If you would like an assessment of your home, call the DPD non-emergency line during regular business hours to make an appointment.
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle including cash or spare change, sunglasses, important documents (passports, etc), wallets, GPS devices, garage door openers, laptops and tablets.
  • If you have to leave valuables in your vehicle, keep them out of sight.
  • Take any extra (valet) keys out of your vehicle.
  • Always lock your doors.
  • If you have a steering wheel lock, make sure you use it.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • If you have a garage, use it.
  • Always wear bright coloured or reflective clothing.
  • Use extra caution in the dark winter months.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before stepping in front of a vehicle.
  • Use marked cross-walks and only enter crosswalks when safe.
  • Do not jaywalk.
  • In order to maintain good awareness of your surroundings, don’t walk while wearing ear buds or headphones.
  • Be Conspicuous
    – Wear bright coloured or reflective clothing and use reflective devices.
  • Be predictable
    – Always obey the rules of the road including stop signs. If you are in a lane that turns right, people will expect you to turn right.
    – Use bike lanes if they are available.
  • Be aware
    – Use caution around parked vehicles.
    – The majority of collisions between vehicles and cyclists occur in intersections.

The Top 5

  • Wearing a helmet is the law.
  • Stay to the right (but 1 metre from the curb to avoid obstacles).
  • In the dark, bikes must be equipped with a headlight and a tail light.
  • No side-by-side riding on the roadway.
  • No riding in a crosswalk.

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Fraud / Scams / Identity

  • Shred sensitive documents.
  • Do not give personal information over the phone.
  • Do not carry important documents (birth certificate, SIN card) in your wallet.
  • Do not store PIN numbers or passwords in your wallet.
  • Review all monthly credit card statements.
  • Do not use birthdates or other easily identifiable passwords.
  • Be cautious of any information you send over the internet.
  • If you suspect mail has been tampered with contact the police.

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Youth Safety

  • Keep the computer in a common area.
  • Talk to children and teens about internet use including:
    – Keeping passwords private.
    – Never giving out personal information.
    – Never arranging to meet someone he/she met online.
    – Never replying to messages that make them uncomfortable.
    – Never send revealing photos of themselves.
    – Knowing who friends are on their social media pages.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the police.

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Business Safety

  • Don’t keep excessive amounts of cash on premises.
  • Secure all valuables at the close of business hours.
  • Install high-definition security cameras.
  • Use an alarm company.
  • Use motion sensor lighting around your business.
  • Business are more susceptible to criminality in the first few days – ensure alarm systems are working as soon as possible.