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Safety Tips

Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.


Theft Prevention at Home

Break and enters are all too common occurrences that, with some careful planning, can be minimized in our communities:

Prevention tips for your home
  • Strengthen your entry points, leave doors and windows locked whenever possible and invest in good locks and security bars
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked, store garage door openers in the house not the car
  • Trim shrubs and trees to ensure doors and windows are in clear view
  • Install adequate exterior lighting, consider motion sensors
  • Make sure that exterior lights are mounted out of reach, so that burglars can't easily unscrew bulbs.
  • Get a dog - even a small one will deter a robber
  • Have someone care for your dog in your house while you are away
  • Use a variable light timer to activate lights inside your home.
  • Installing deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
  • Never leave keys in secret places. Instead leave a duplicate with a friend or neighbour
  • Consider security measures like an audible monitored alarm
  • Do not leave purses or valuables in view of persons at your door
  • Insist on seeing identification from sales and service people
  • Make sure your address is clearly marked at the front and back to help emergency personnel quickly find your house
  • Know what is happening in your neighbourhood. If you notice anything suspicious, call the police immediately.

    Securing your valuables
  • Store credit cards, identification, jewellery and valuables in a safe place other than the master bedroom, and use a home safe or safety deposit box for seldom used valuables
  • Be sure to lock up ladders and tools which could be used to break into your home.
  • Engrave your valuables to deter thieves
  • Engrave larger items with an identification number so they are less attractive to thieves and easy to identify as your own
  • Record serial numbers of appliances and electronics so they are easier to identify if stolen
  • Take photos or video of your valuables
  • Keep an inventory of your possessions and store it at a safe location outside your home

    Vacation security tips
  • Have mail, newspapers, etc. picked up or suspend them when you are away
  • Have lawns cut or snow removed when you are away
  • Install timers for the lights, and a radio or TV, so it appears someone is home when you’re not
  • Disable your garage door opener
  • Inform trusted neighbours or relatives of your vacation plans and where you can be reached. Leave a key with them so they can check your house
  • If you come home and see a door ajar or a window broken, call the police immediately. NEVER enter the dwelling. If it looks suspicious — don’t hesitate — call police
  • Don't advertise that you are going away on your social media accounts. Wait until you get back to share pictures and information. It announces to would-be burglars that no one is home

  • Canadian police services reported about 32,000 incidents of robbery in 2008, accounting for seven per cent of all violent crimes.

  • In 2008, about half of all robberies were committed on the street or in another outdoor public location such as a parking lot or public transit facility. Another 39 per cent took place in a commercial establishment such as a convenience store or bank. The remaining 10 per cent were residential robberies.

    From: Statscan