Crime Prevention Tips

Crime Prevention Tips

Everyone plays a role in crime prevention. Here are some simple things you can do to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

Halloween Safety

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

Drivers:

  • 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

Home Owners:

  • 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
Recognizing a Scam

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. 

RCMP Bulletin

Protecting Your Home

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
Preparing for a Vacation

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.
Avoiding Distracted Driving

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.
Preventing Auto Theft

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.
Thefts From Motor Vehicles

The RCMP is urging residents to protect themselves from auto crime. The RCMP releases a weekly theft from motor vehicle maps for the community.

Remember to lock all vehicles and keep valuables out of sight.

Thefts From Motor Vehicles November 11-17