Crime Reduction Tips

Introduction

Crime Reduction is tailored to the needs of the Community. Criminals look for the greatest return with the least risk or effort. By making it more difficult for them to commit a crime against you or your property, you can greatly reduce the odds of you becoming a victim.  The information in these pages will help guide you, to make your Community a safer place to be.

Crime Reduction Tips

Everyone has the potential to become a victim of crime.  The risk can be substantially reduced or eliminated by reducing exposure or threat to crime. Simple steps may help protect your Apartment security.

 

Lobby Security

  • Unidentified or suspicious persons trying to gain access should be referred to the Property Manager or Security
  • Do not allow strangers access when entering or leaving.
  • Encourage other tenants in keeping the main outer doors locked and secure at all times
  • Do not buzz anyone into the building whom is not known.
  • Maintain confidentially by using your first initial and last name on lobby directories, doorbell, mailbox, and phone directory

 

Door Security

  • Doors should be mounted so hinge-bolts are not facing outwards
  • Install one-inch deadbolt locks on all exterior doors
  • Install wide angle viewers instead of chain locks
  • Avoid leaving doors unlocked or opening doors to strangers
  • Do not leave notes on apartment doors or on the lobby directories
  • If keys are lost, consider changing locks

 

Elevator Safety

  • Look to see who’s in the elevator before entering
  • Do not enter the elevator if you feel uncomfortable
  • When in the elevator – be aware of your surroundings
  • If a suspicious person enters the elevator, exit at the first opportunity

 

Helpful Hints

  • Create inventories of valuables and cherished items
  • Identify your property by engraving identifying marks to enable police to return personal property
  • When engraving keep the engraver straight up for a proper mark
  • Identifier should be visible and unique
  • Be a good neighbour, report suspicious activity to the Police

 

If a crime has occurred

  • Do not enter the unit, the suspect(s) may still be inside
  • Call the police
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have released the scene
  • Note licence plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles
  • Note the description of any suspicious person(s)

 

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Why vehicles are stolen:

  • To sell the vehicle or parts – Often thieves will take a 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 a 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
  • Park in a well-lighted, attended area if possible
  • Lock all valuables in the trunk
  • Completely close and lock doors and windows
  • Turn 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 etc. identification

 

Other important tips

  • Never hide a spare key in the vehicle, thieves know where to find it
  • Be aware of surroundings while driving and drive with 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… Report the theft to the police immediately

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 disables shifting 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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Bullying can be defined as “intentional and repeated harmful acts that occur in a relationship in which an imbalance of power exists”.

 

Bullying can be divided into different categories, most common are:

  • Physical bullying includes physical violence, threats with weapons, & damaging or stealing the victim’s property.
  • Verbal bullying includes teasing, name calling, coercion, and threats.
  • Relational, or social bullying, includes the humiliation of the victim, setting up the victim for failure, spreading rumours, & deliberately excluding and isolating the victim.
  • Cyberbullying is bullying using technology.
  • Workplace bullying is bullying at work, mainly perpetrated by those in authority.

 

Bullying can take place:

  • At school, where there is a high likelihood a bully can find a potential target.
  • On the way to and from, especially if the victim takes the same route every day or if he / she shares a bus with a bully.
  • At home, can be done by cyber bullies, bullies who live nearby or even family members.
  • At work.

 

Due to the increase of cyber bullying and the high rate of mobile technology among youth, bullies target victims without regard for physical space or location.

 

Impacts on those who experience bullying:

  • Victims may choose not to associate with others or isolate themselves from the rest of their friends at school.
  • There may be retaliation by the victim, leading to increase in violence or more bullying. This could result in an escalation of harm caused by the original bully.
  • In extreme cases, bullying may result in the victim attempting self harm or suicide.
  • The victim may experience depression or symptoms of depression such as sadness, loss of sleep, loss of appetite, or feelings of hopelessness.
  • Victims of bullying often experience a drop in self-esteem or self confidence as a result of their experiences.
  • Victims can experience drops in performance at school. Victims may be afraid of going to school or may become physically ill when they attempt to go to school.

 

Additional Resources:

www.bullyingcanada.ca
www.stopabully.ca
www.bullying.org

 

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Graffiti is a problem that if left unchecked can seriously damage the reputation of a community and adversely affect the economy and quality of life enjoyed by the residents.

Graffiti is any writing, drawing or symbol applied to any surface without the consent of the property owner or their agent.

 

Common Targets

  • Graffiti Crime can occur anywhere the opportunity exists. Some of the more popular targets include:
  • Public and private buildings
  • Parks and recreation facilities
  • Public transit vehicles, stations and shelters
  • Public telephone booths
  • Railway cars
  • Bridges and overpasses

 

Why should you care?

  • Graffiti crime can affect your community in many ways, including:
  • Higher taxes for clean-up
  • Lower property values
  • Heightened fear of crime
  • Cancellation or reduction of education and recreation programs

 

Removal is important

Graffiti that is not removed indicates that no one cares about the state of the community. A clear message must be sent to those responsible that this type of activity will not be tolerated. The most effective method of deterring Graffiti Crime is removal within 24 hours.

 

Immediate removal

Timely graffiti removal will help stop the spread and re-occurrence of graffiti. Graffiti writers will not waste their time or materials and are unlikely to return to locations that do not offer a good return for their efforts.

 

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Target Hardening is securing a residence against thieves or burglars. Target hardening helps protect personal and commercial properties.

Trim all vegetation around home and especially around doors and windows and make sure that the street address is visible from the road for emergency personnel.

 

Doors

There are many ways to make your residence more secure through the knowledge of door precautions.

This includes glass around the door being at least 40 inches from the lock, and using a peep hole rather than a chain lock to avoid opening the door.

 

Going on vacation

Ensure necessary precautions when going on vacation. This includes setting timers for lights and radios, informing a neighbour of your departure and arrival times, securing all entry points, and locking up any valuables in a safe.

 

Helpful hints

  • Mark valuables my engraving them in places not readily visible
  • Be a good neighbour and report any suspicious activity in the neighbourhood

 

If a crime has occurred

  • Do not enter the house
  • Do not clean anything up until it has been investigated by the police- Note the description of any suspicious person(s)

 

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The Internet

No one individual or company controls the Internet. Children and parents should be aware of the possible risks of the internet such as harassment, viewing inappropriate material, physical molestation and fraud and scams.

 

Tips for Kids

  • Never give our personal information
  • People may not be who they say they are
  • Do not send insulting or rude messages to anyone
  • Use a code name

 

Tips for Parents

  • Learn about what your child is doing on the internet
  • Keep computer usage as a family activity
  • Set reasonable guidelines for your children’s internet use
  • Look into a filtering software

 

General Tips

  • Create a password for your computer and change it often
  • Report any harassment to the online service as well as police
  • Ensure that a website is ‘trusted’ before entering your personal information

 

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