Crime Prevention

When it comes to crime, criminals are always willing to risk capture and persecuted as they know they will either beat the rap or end out in a short amount of time, especially when the crime is a misdemeanor those of a felony charge are more likely to carry harsher penalties.

However, if a criminal has a record and it shows they are a repeat offender or the offense is progressively becoming more violent they are more likely to get a longer sentence.

This though is still not enough of a deterrent for some criminal’s and they will continue to do what they know best and do not care about the consequences.

So what can we do to prevent crime from happening to us?

There are several things you can do, first you start with your home or place of business and make sure everything is kept properly locked, try to avoid blocking your windows as criminals do not want to be seen so if there is a clear view of to the inside it will act as a deterrent. Do not place shrubs or bushes around a window which obstructs the view or allows the criminal a place to hide without being noticed.

     

Install lighting outdoors by entrances which s motion activated, again this works well as a deterrent.  Do not place signs in your business or home windows which obstruct the view again a criminal does not want to be seen.

       

Try installing a security device, such as alarms and camera’s, the more a location has to deter a criminal the less likely they are to target your property.

       

Place a small warning sign in your window or door or even better stake it in the flower bed, which states, this property is protected by alarm’s is monitored by camera’s and has guard dogs within.  Nothing scares a person more than an angry dog and even if there is none present.

       

In a recent study, where some 1,000 persons were asked questions regarding security, 78% said they have signs posted and no other security measures and have had no issues with crime and feel better knowing they are at least trying to prevent crime from happening to them.

Another way you can help to prevent crime is organize a local neighborhood watch program, if you want to learn more on this contact your local police agency and they will help get you started.

       

Or try goggling it, they are many helpful things there you can do.

Then there is yourself, how to keep you safe, best way is always walk in groups of 2 or more, criminals usually target lone individuals and sad it may be the elderly and handicapped are often this first target as they are usually not able to defend themselves like someone of normal health.  Stays in the open, in well lit areas do not wander alone down dark paths or through parks. 

For woman keep you purse tucked up under your arm, a purse with a nice strong shoulder strap works well should a purse snatch occur and you still have a hold on the strap you have the potential for keep the bag. Never walk with a small handheld purse, these are very easy to be taken and always keep your purses sealed. Many times criminals will reach into an open bag and retrieve the wallet without your noticing it. While shopping never place your purse in a shopping cart, this allows the criminal the chance to pinch your purse while you are preoccupied with finding your product or reading labels.

  

For men, we use wallets, keep these in front pockets, within pockets which are tight or have buttons or zippers, some use a chain. While a chain may be a deterrent it will stop the theft as the chains usually have at least 12 inches of length to them, the criminal will pick the wallet and stick close by and will either open wallet and remove cash or will violently yank the chain to tear it away from the pants.

   

When walking in crowded areas, be extra vigilant of those around you, when you are being pushed, bumped or nudges is the highest chance that you will be picked. So at these times keep an open eye on your belongings, be sure to keep an extra hold on your purse or your hand by the location of your wallet.

       

And if you should be a victim do not yell “Help”, but yell “Fire”  It is well known that yelling fire will get more people to react and look then that of help.  Why because people are afraid of fire. If you are in a building and should be near a fire alarm, activate it, again this will bring attention to you.  You will not be charged as you have just become a victim of a crime. 

FYI - Fire Alarms although primarily designed for fire are not only for use of a fire, they bring police, fire and ambulances, In an emergency situation, assault, heart attack, personal injury or if you are near a phone or fear for your safety, then set it off!

Here are some helpful tips for you to get you started, sections below for apartment, homes, business and auto.  We all have the potential to be victims of crime. Each of us can REDUCE THE RISK of our homes/property being victimized by eliminating the opportunity.

Crime prevention is everyone's responsibility!

Apartment Building Security

Lobby Security

  • Unknown or suspicious persons trying to get in to the building should be referred to the Management, Security or the Superintendent
  • DO NOT allow strangers to enter the building as you are leaving or entering. Cooperate with all other tenants in keeping the main outer doors locked at all times
  • DO NOT buzz anyone into the building whom you don't know
  • Use only your first initial on the lobby directory, doorbell, mailbox, and phone directory

Door security

  • Doors should be mounted so hinge-bolts are not facing outwards
  • Install one-inch dead bolt locks on all exterior doors
  • Chain locks are poor security - install a wide angle viewer instead and NEVER open your door to a stranger
  • NEVER leave your door unlocked, even while taking out the trash
  • DO NOT leave notes on your apartment door or on the lobby directory
  • If keys are lost or if you move, locks should be changed
  • If you see a stranger carrying items out of a neighbour’s apartment, ***CALL 911***

              

Elevator safety

  • Look to see who's in the elevator before entering
  • DO NOT enter the elevator if you do not feel comfortable - wait for the next one
  • When in the elevator - stand beside the control panel
  • If a suspicious person enters the elevator, exit before the doors close.

Helpful hints

  • Keep a record of your valuables
  • Identify your property by engraving an identifying mark - proper identification makes it easier for the police to return personal property
  • When engraving, hold the engraver straight up NOT on a slant
  • The identification should be readily visible without marring the appearance of the item
  • Be a good neighbour and report any suspicious activity to the Police

If a crime has occurred

  • DO NOT enter - the criminal may still be inside
  • Use a neighbour's phone and call the police
  • DO NOT touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence
  • Note the licence number of any suspicious vehicle
  • Note the description of any suspicious person(s)

Home Security

Window security

Most windows can be pinned for security.

Drill a 3/16" hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame - place a nail/pin in the hole to secure the window


Sliding glass doors/windows can be lifted out of their tracks with relative ease.

Install self-tapping screws in the upper track that allow the door/window to slide into place
Place a piece of wood snugly into the bottom track - this will resist lateral forcing

Door security

  • Locks with key holes in the knob are NOT reliable - they can easily be forced
  • Doors should be mounted so hinge-bolts are not facing outwards
  • Install one-inch dead bolt locks on all exterior doors
  • Chain locks are poor security - install a wide angle viewer instead
  • Padlocks should be 'heel-and-toe' locking
  • If keys are lost or if you move, locks should be changed

Going on vacation

  • Inform a neighbour of your departure and return dates
  • Where possible, cancel all deliveries
  • Arrange to have the lawn cut and walkways cleared
  • Use clock timers to activate lights/radios at various intervals
  • Have a neighbour pick up newspapers and mail
  • Store small valuables in a safe deposit box
  • Ensure all entry points are secured, including mail chutes, milk chutes, garage doors and upstairs windows
  • DO NOT leave notes indicating you are not at home

Helpful hints

  • Keep a record of your valuables
  • Identify your property by engraving an identifying mark - proper identification makes it easier for the police to return personal property
  • When engraving, hold the engraver straight up NOT on a slant
  • The identification should be readily visible without marring the appearance of the item
  • Be a good neighbour and report any suspicious activity

If a crime has occurred

  • DO NOT enter - the criminal may still be inside
  • Use a neighbors’ phone and call the police
  • DO NOT touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence
  • Note the licence number of any suspicious vehicle
  • Note the description of any suspicious person(s)

Auto Theft

Why vehicles are stolen:

  • To sell the vehicle or parts - Often thieves will take your car out of the Province or Country. Identification numbers may be altered or removed, ownership certificates forged, parts sold or the vehicle repainted.
  • For transportation - Thieves will use your vehicle to get where they want to go and later abandon the vehicle. They may just drive it around to gain 'status' with their friends.
  • To commit other crimes - Vehicles are stolen and used in other crimes such as robberies, break and enters, drug dealing or drive-by shootings.
  • For vehicle cloning - Vehicles are stolen, given a fraudulent identification number and then sold to unsuspecting persons who are defrauded of their money. Fraudulent vehicles will be located and seized by the Police.

How to reduce the risk of vehicle theft:

  • When parking your vehicle:
    • Turn ignition off and TAKE the keys with you
    • Park in a well-lighted, attended area if possible
    • Lock all valuables in your trunk
    • Completely close and lock doors and windows
    • Turn your wheels to the side to make it harder to tow
  • When at home:
  • If you have a garage, use it and lock it
  • If you have a rear-wheel drive car, back into driveway
  • If you have a front-wheel drive car, park front end first
  • Always set the emergency brake
  • Don't leave the ownership or insurance cards in the vehicle when unattended
  • Drop business cards or address labels inside doors to assist with vehicle identification

Other important tips

  • Never hide a spare key in the vehicle, thieves know where to find it
  • Be aware of your surroundings while driving and drive with your doors locked
  • Be aware when purchasing a vehicle. If the deal sounds too good to be true…It probably is!

If your vehicle is stolen...

  1. Report the theft to the police immediately
  2. If your car or accessories are stolen, the police will need specific information to identify the car, parts and accessories.

You should record the following:

  • Year and Make, Model, Colour(s)
  • Licence Number
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Serial numbers of all special equipment
  • Special markings - dents, scratches, other damage etc.

Invest in vehicle protection whenever possible

  • Ignition Kill Switch - Toggle switch spliced into ignition that disables your vehicle.
  • Fuel Kill Switch - Switch spliced into fuel system wiring that halts fuel supply to your vehicle.
  • Steering Wheel Lock - Prevents steering wheel from turning.
  • Gearshift Lock - Locks gearshift in place this disables shifting the transmission.
  • Tire/Wheel Locks - Tool wraps around tire/wheel to immobilize vehicle.
  • Hood Locks - Prevents access to vehicle engine parts.
  • Steering Column Collar - Protects steering column from ignition entry.
  • Electronic Alarms - Alarms with kill switches are the most effective.
  • Vehicle Tracking Systems - A transmitter in your vehicle enables your vehicle to be tracked electronically.

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