Everyone plays a role in crime prevention. Here are some simple things you can do to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
Safety Tips From the Crime Prevention Team!
Children and Teens:
- do not go trick-or-treating alone, go with a trusted adult or group
- let your parents know where you are going and for how long
- stay in your neighbourhood and know where trusted people live
- do not visit houses with the lights off
- cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections
- wait for an adult to inspect your candy before eating it
- only eat candy from unopened wrappers
- wear/carry reflective gear such as glow sticks or flashlights to be seen by drivers
- keep treats safe where small children and pets can not access it
Parents and Guardians:
- know who your children are going trick-or-treating with and when they plan on returning home
- remind children to stay in their neighbourhood
- remind children which houses they can go to for safety if they get scared
- remind children to respect others’ property by staying off lawns/gardens and avoiding houses with lights off
- drive slow, pay attention—trick or treaters may get caught up in the excitement and cross the road without looking
- if you are attending a party plan plan a safe, sober ride home
- if you are out of the home do not indicate the house is vacant—this may make your home vulnerable to break-ins
- after the festivities are over take in pumpkins or other Halloween décor to avoid it being damaged
- keep pets inside as fireworks may scare them
If that special offer has any of these features, it may be a scam:
- it sounds too good to be true
- you must pay or you can't play
- you must give them your private financial information
- you are asked to wire transfer money
For your protection:
- Do not rush into something involving your money or your property.
- Never give your credit card numbers or any other personal information out over the phone, unless you are absolutely sure of who you are dealing with.
- Do not hesitate to check the credentials of a salesman or public official.
If you receive a suspicious phone call or email from someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) - question it! Canadians lose millions of dollars each year through various CRA scams.
These simple steps can help make your home safer and less likely to be targeted:
- shrubs that are cut below window level
- tree limbs that are cut above window level
- address that is visible from the street and at night
- entrances to the house and garage that are well lit
- doors and windows that are secured and locked at all times
Before leaving on vacation, take a few extra steps to keep your home secure while you're away:
- Set timers for lights and radios.
- Inform a neighbour of your departure and arrival times.
- Secure all doors and windows.
- Lock any valuables in a safe.
You are four times more likely to crash if you are on your phone while driving. These steps can help to keep you save while driving:
- Let your calls go to voicemail and ignore text messages while driving.
- Turn your phone off or put it in the truck to avoid temptation.
- If you have to take a call, pull over where it's safe or use a hands-free device.
Auto theft is a crime of opportunity. Reduce your chances with these simple steps:
- Park in secure, well-lit areas.
- Remove valuables from your vehicle—shopping bags, tools, spare change, electronics, and back packs can all tempt a thief.
- Use an anti-theft device.