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An officer arresting a male who is stealing a woman's purse

Personal Safety while Walking or Jogging

Walking and jogging are great ways to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors, but make sure to take some safety precautions before heading out.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Go with a friend when possible
  • Travel in well-lit and populated areas, especially at night
  • Carry a cellphone
  • Don't assume vehicles can see you.
  • Tell friends or family your intended route and how long you think you'll be gone
  • Always carry identification
  • Don't wear headphones or any device that could compromise your hearing
  • Don't take shortcuts through parks or alleys, especially at night
  • Trust your intuition - if something doesn't feel right, it likely isn't
  • Call police immediately if you see anyone or anything suspicious

Safety For Your Home

Knowing what to do to safeguard your residence can give you some peace of mind, whether you're home or away.

  • Never hide a spare key outside for an intruder to find
  • Install good quality deadbolts, locks and a wide-angle peep hole
  • Never open the door to strangers - ask for identification from service personnel, and confirm their attendance with the company via telephone
  • Never allow anyone into your home to use the telephone - offer to make the call for them
  • Never announce to a person at the door or on the telephone that you are alone
  • Keep bushes and landscaping trimmed in order to allow for natural surveillance of your home from neighbours, pedestrians and people passing by
  • Never leave notes on your door advising delivery people that you are not home
  • Report suspicious people and/or vehicles to police immediately

If your home has been broken into - do not enter.  Call 9-1-1 immediately.

Cycle Smart - Be Seen Be Safe

More and more people are riding bikes. Whether it's for recreation or to commute to work, cyclists and motorists need to share the road.

  • Always wear a helmet. It's the law for anyone under 16 years of age. A properly-fitted helmet can reduce the risk of a serious head injury by 85 per cent
  • Put white reflective tape on the front and rear forks
  • Wear reflective gear, especially at night
  • Keep your bicycle in good shape
  • If possible, carry a bike repair kit and learn how to make minor repairs
  • Equip your bike with a bell or horn
  • Make eye contact with drivers
  • Obey all traffic laws, signals and signs
  • Always signal when you intend to turn or stop
  • Never pass on the right as you approach an intersection

Distraction Thefts

Distraction thieves work in teams and often approach victims in busy parking lots with an offer of assistance - claiming your tire is flat, your vehicle has been damaged or that you have dropped something. While you are distracted, an accomplice steals your purse, items from your vehicle or the vehicle itself.

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Don't let yourself be distracted
  • Keep your purse or wallet with you at all times
  • Don't leave purchases in plain sight in your vehicle. Lock them in the trunk
  • Have your keys ready - don't spend time fumbling for them

How to Protect Yourself from Fraud

Criminals are opportunists - don't give them an opportunity to make you a victim of crime. They can be very persuasive, using all types of excuses, explanations and offers to lead you away from using common sense. Fraud can be avoided if you don't participate. Education, good judgment and a healthy dose of skepticism are the best defence against fraudsters.

  • Don't open the door to strangers
  • Do not give money or information about personal finances to strangers or untrustworthy people
  • Never give personal or financial information over the telephone or Internet without verifying if the person or company is legitimate
  • Ask for credentials from anyone who comes to your door, including delivery and service people
  • Ask for receipts
  • Report suspicious people and vehicles to police
  • If an offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is
  • Never give out your passwords or PINs
  • Be cautious. You have the right to take some time and verify information. Never agree to anything without taking some time to think it over and don't let anyone pressure you to make a quick decision

Identity Theft

Prevention is the best protection against fraud or identity theft. This type of theft has become an increasingly popular crime in Canada as a result of advances in technology. Identity theft is the stealing, misrepresenting or hijacking of another person's identity.

Identity thieves do not need a lot of information to carry out criminal activity that could compromise or damage your identity.

  • Never provide personal information such as SIN, date of birth, credit card numbers or PINs over the telephone or Internet unless you initiate the call or can verify the person or business is legitimate
  • Never leave receipts at bank machines, bank wickets, in garbage cans or at unattended gasoline pumps. Shred paperwork you no longer need
  • Immediately report lost or stolen credit cards
  • Carefully check your statements for unusual activity
  • Never loan your credit cards to anyone and sign all credit cards when you receive them
  • Cancel credit cards you do not use and keep a list of the ones you use regularly
  • Promptly remove mail from your mailbox and do not leave pieces of mail lying around your residence or work site
  • Do not give out personal banking information
  • Memorize your personal identification number (PIN)
  • Never disclose your PIN to anyone
  • Do not use obvious numbers for your PIN
  • Never leave your purse or wallet unattended

Preventing a Robbery

Unfortunately, every year people become victims to robbers. This can affect your feelings of safety and security in your community, home or workplace. Hopefully by using these tips, you can prevent one from happening to you.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Criminals are opportunists - walk confidently, know where you are going
  • Travel in well-lit and populated areas, especially at night
  • Avoid being over-burdened with packages and over-sized purses
  • Use extra caution at bank machines and don't use them if they look tampered with
  • Install lighting around the exterior of your home and business
  • Keep doors locked and know who is at the door before opening it
  • Do not talk about how much money you may have - whether it's personal or business
  • Do not bring cash or items from your business to your home. Cash should be deposited at a bank or left in a safe at work

If you are a victim of robbery, cooperate and be the best witness possible. Try to note important details and descriptions to assist police in their investigation.

Vacation Tips

You've worked hard and earned a much deserved vacation. But long vacations mean opportunities for burglars, here are some simple precautions to help prevent a break and enter to your home.. Don't publicize you will be away on social media accounts. It announces no one is home. Post pictures when you get back.. Have mail, newspapers, etc., picked up or suspend them when you are away. Have your lawn cut, garden weeded or snow shovelled . Install timers for the lights, and a radio or TV, so it appears someone is home. Disable the 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

Weather Safety

The best advice in regards to weather safety is to have a plan in case of an emergency situation. Bad weather can happen in an instant so knowing you have a plan in place can save you undue stress and safeguard your family.

What should you do during a...

Heat Wave

  • Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated
  • Avoid strenuous activities. If you must, reschedule for early morning or late evening
  • Dress accordingly. Light-colours and lightweight fabrics will help keep you cooler
  • Spend time in air conditioned places. Visit a library or a shopping mall to get some relief from the heat
  • Check on elderly neighbours to ensure they are okay
  • Stay out of the sun

Lightning/Thunder Storm

  • Avoid outdoor activities if storms are imminent
  • Stay away from tall trees, poles or towers
  • Seek shelter in a sturdy building or in a vehicle. Don't touch any metal surfaces or use electrical appliances
  • Steer clear of windows in case they break

Winter Weather

  • Avoid overexertion. Shovelling snow, pushing vehicles and walking in deep snow can put a strain on your heart
  • Have an emergency survival kit in your home and in your vehicle. Extra food and water, heating sources, batteries, a cellphone and flashlights are just a few things you might need to help you and your family wait out a storm
  • Dress for the weather. Hypothermia and frostbite can occur in minutes in subzero temperatures
  • Check weather reports so you can prepare ahead of time

Flash Flood

  • During a flash flood, you're in the most danger if you're in a vehicle. Do not drive in flooded areas
  • Don't use electrical tools in wet areas
  • It can take as little as six inches of fast-moving water to sweep someone off their feet
  • Stay indoors if possible and avoid flooded areas
  • If you are outside, move to higher ground as quickly as possible

Hurricane/Tornado

  • Seek shelter immediately. Go to the lowest level available and sit under a heavy desk or table or next to a wall. Cover your head
  • If you don't have a basement, move to an interior room or hallway of your home. Stay away from windows
  • Exit your vehicle and head for the nearest building. Cars are easily picked up by tornados
  • Be aware of flying debris. Windows can easily shatter or you could be hit by a flying object
  • Do not seek shelter under a highway overpass. They create wind tunnels