Crime Prevention Tips
Personal Safety Tips
- Don’t leave valuables unsecured outside the home.
- Ensure doors have deadbolts and windows have security locks.
- When you leave your home, ensure windows are closed or locked – even on higher levels.
- Consider a light timer when you are away from home.
- Install motion sensor lights outside your home.
- Document serial numbers of your electronics and take photos of your valuables.
- If you suspect suspicious activity around your home or in your neighbourhood, call the non-emergency line. If you see a crime in progress, call 9-1-1.
- If you would like an assessment of your home, call the DPD non-emergency line during regular business hours to make an appointment.
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle including cash or spare change, sunglasses, important documents (passports, etc), wallets, GPS devices, garage door openers, laptops and tablets.
- If you have to leave valuables in your vehicle, keep them out of sight.
- Take any extra (valet) keys out of your vehicle.
- Always lock your doors.
- If you have a steering wheel lock, make sure you use it.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- If you have a garage, use it.
- Always wear bright coloured or reflective clothing.
- Use extra caution in the dark winter months.
- Make eye contact with drivers before stepping in front of a vehicle.
- Use marked cross-walks and only enter crosswalks when safe.
- Do not jaywalk.
- In order to maintain good awareness of your surroundings, don’t walk while wearing ear buds or headphones.
- Be Conspicuous
– Wear bright coloured or reflective clothing and use reflective devices.
- Be predictable
– Always obey the rules of the road including stop signs. If you are in a lane that turns right, people will expect you to turn right.
– Use bike lanes if they are available.
- Be aware
– Use caution around parked vehicles.
– The majority of collisions between vehicles and cyclists occur in intersections.
The Top 5
- Wearing a helmet is the law.
- Stay to the right (but 1 metre from the curb to avoid obstacles).
- In the dark, bikes must be equipped with a headlight and a tail light.
- No side-by-side riding on the roadway.
- No riding in a crosswalk.
For more information, go to www.icbc.com/road-safety/sharing/Pages/cycling-safety.aspx
Fraud / Scams / Identity
- Shred sensitive documents.
- Do not give personal information over the phone.
- Do not carry important documents (birth certificate, SIN card) in your wallet.
- Do not store PIN numbers or passwords in your wallet.
- Review all monthly credit card statements.
- Do not use birthdates or other easily identifiable passwords.
- Be cautious of any information you send over the internet.
- If you suspect mail has been tampered with contact the police.
- Coming Soon
- Keep the computer in a common area.
- Talk to children and teens about internet use including:
– Keeping passwords private.
– Never giving out personal information.
– Never arranging to meet someone he/she met online.
– Never replying to messages that make them uncomfortable.
– Never send revealing photos of themselves.
– Knowing who friends are on their social media pages.
- Report any suspicious activity to the police.
For more information, go to www.cybersafebc.ca/resources
- Don’t keep excessive amounts of cash on premises.
- Secure all valuables at the close of business hours.
- Install high-definition security cameras.
- Use an alarm company.
- Use motion sensor lighting around your business.
- Business are more susceptible to criminality in the first few days – ensure alarm systems are working as soon as possible.