Working Together to Keep our Communities Safe
On Tuesday, November 30th, 2010, I hosted a Community Saftey Meeting where Crime Prevention Officer, Constable Paul Coculuzzi from 13 Division, and Lorne Simon from Crime Stoppers, came to speak to local residents about crime prevention tips and safety.
It was a great turnout, where residents gathered together to listen to tips about theft prevention, internet safety for our kids, and how to spot email scams and fraud targetted to seniors.
Thank you to all the residents who took the time from their daily lives to come and listen to our speakers.
Thank you especially to Paul and Lorne for taking the time to speak to our residents about such an important issue. Thank you for your great tips, I know a lot of our residents took a lot ofvaluable tips home.
At our meeting, we learned about the important role each of us play when it comes to community safety.
Lets all work together to keep our communities and neighbourhoods safe.
Here are some important tips we learned at our meeting:
1. Leave your lights on when you leave your home at night
2. Leave a contact number when you go away for a few days
3. USe of an alarm system is a good deterrent
4. Owning a dog can be a deterrent
5. If you spot any suspicious activity, call your local police station
6. If you spot a break and enter happening, call police
7. Keep your doors and windows locked. Many thieves gain access to homes when owners forget to lock their doors.
8. Keep your car door locked, and do not leave your key in the ignition.
9. If there is a break in or criminal activity, call police.
10. If you live in an apartment building, do not let people you do not know walk in the door with you. Too many criminals enter apartment buildings this way.
11. When walking on the street, day or night, be aware of your surroundings. Keep your head up, and do not keep headphones on so loud that you do not hear someone approaching you.
12. Avoid walking in areas with a lot of brush, criminals can hide in bushes or spots they can easily hid in.
13. If you are a parent, be aware of what your child is up to on Facebook and other social media sites. A great deal of cyber bullying can occur on these sites.
14. If you receive emails from any bank asking for your personal information such as bank accoutn number or date of birth, do not respond. This is a scam attempting to obtain your personal information and can lead to identity theft.
15. Remind your child not to share their Facebook passwords or bank account passwords with anyone.