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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.


Fingerprinting Children

Accurate and up to date records are extremely valuable when searching for a missing child. It is highly recommended that parents keep some type of chronological record for each of their children. The following identification method could contribute to the return of your child should he/she ever become missing.


The Durham Regional Police Service offers volunteer-driven fingerprinting throughout the year. Please check our Events Calendar for upcoming “Kidzprintz” or call the DRP Volunteer Coordinator for more details at (905) 579-1520, extension 1741.

Alternatively, you may wish to take fingerprints yourself. There are two ways of doing this:
  1. “Kidz Printz” is a cardboard identification kit that contains fingerprinting material and instructions for photo and hair strand samples. In one easy-to-use card, parents can keep identification information on a child. Please contact the Community Services and Crime Prevention Unit Leader at ext. 3411 for more information.

  2. Alternatively, you can make an identification kit at home by following these steps:
    1. Create a profile of your child listing: Name, date of birth, sex, blood type, eye colour, hair colour, identifying features (scars, glasses, etc.) and medical information.
    2. To fingerprint your child, use an inkpad available at an office supply store.
    3. Print only one finger at a time. Roll it on the inkpad, then roll onto a labelled piece of paper.
    4. Be sure to include the entire finger when rolling. You may need to practice on scrap paper before obtaining a final print.
    5. Affix a recent photo of your child and include height and weight on the reverse.
    6. Tape several strands of hair to a piece of paper, making sure the hair is pulled from the root.

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