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CRIME PREVENTION


Prevention

Bicycle Theft

To help protect yourself from being a victim of bicycle theft you can take some important steps:

  • always lock your bike up with a reliable locking mechanism.
  • use bike stands when available
  • leave your bike in well-lit areas
  • Engrave an identification number-usually your driver”s license number-on your bicycle. By engraving your bike you increase your chances of your bike being recovered by police after it has been stolen.

 

Graffiti

What is graffiti?

Graffiti is the defacement of property through markings, designs, figures or words on any surface, building or structure without the consent of the owner. It can be painted, drawn, etched or scratched on the surface. It occurs anywhere the opportunity exists, including public and private buildings and vehicles.

Why should I care?

  • Graffiti costs taxpayers money due to clean-up activities
  • Graffiti destroys buildings” structures and lowers property values
  • Graffiti discourages customers and visitors, and can make a community appear unsafe
  • Graffiti negatively impacts businesses through lost customers and revenues

What can I do to prevent graffiti on my property?

  • Increase light and visibility around your target areas on your building. Try to ensure target spots can be seen from high traffic areas. This will aid police surveillance as well as discourage graffiti activity.
  • Remove graffiti as soon as it occurs on your property. This will help stop it from spreading to other parts of your building or neighbouring structures.
  • Graffiti is often easier to remove if it”s done soon after the occurrence. As a result, chemicals might not be needed to remove the product.
  • Consider using paints that are resistant to graffiti.

What can I do if I have graffiti on my property?

React! – The sooner graffiti is removed, the less likely that location will be used for tagging again.
Report! – The occurrence needs to be reported to the police so they can take appropriate action. Community police station staff and volunteers can help you fill out a report and provide you resources on how to remove graffiti.
Remove! – Graffiti removal products and graffiti resistant paints are available at local hardware stores.

Identity Theft: Tips that will help minimize your risk

  1. Before you reveal any personally identifying information, find out how it will be used and if it will be shared.
  2. Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up with creditors if your bills don”t arrive on time.
  3. Guard your mail. Deposit outgoing mail in post office collection boxes or at your local post office. Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery. Ensure mail is forwarded or re-routed if you move or change your mailing address.
  4. Utilize passwords on your credit card, bank and phone accounts. Avoid using easily available information like your mother”s maiden name, your birth date, the last four digits of your SIN or your phone number.
  5. Minimize the identification information and number of cards you carry.
  6. Do not give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the internet unless you have initiated the contact or know whom you”re dealing with.
  7. Keep items with personal information in a safe place. An identity thief will pick through your garbage or recycling bins. Be sure to tear or shred receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements and credit offers you get in the mail.
  8. Give your SIN only when absolutely necessary. Ask to use other types of identifiers when possible.
  9. Don”t carry your SIN card; leave it in a secure place.

Scam Types

There are many known scams, and new ones are invented every day. Check this section for a list and description of common scams (or “pitches”). Also refer to the Little Black Book of Scams for further tips.

List of Scams

  • 900 Scams
  • Advanced Fee Letter Fraud (419 / Nigerian Letters)
  • Advanced Fee Loans
  • Bomb Threat
  • Cheque Overpayment Fraud
  • Dead Air Calls
  • Emergency Scam
  • False Charities
  • Hitman Email
  • Identity Theft
  • Inheritance
  • Job
  • Lottery Emails
  • Office Supplies / Directory
  • Phishing
  • Phone Number Spoofing
  • Prize Pitch
  • Puppy Scam
  • Pyramid Schemes
  • Recovery Pitch
  • Service Scam
  • Travel
  • Vacation
  • Vehicle Warranty Package

Fraud Prevention Forum

  • The Fraud Prevention Forum is a concerned group of private sector firms, consumer and volunteer groups, government agencies and law enforcement organizations , who are concerned with fighting fraud aimed at consumers and businesses.
  • If you want to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre.
  • The Competition Bureau chairs the Fraud Prevention Forum, which has developed new tools and information that will empower Canadians to recognize, report and stop fraud such as deceptive telemarketing, lottery, prize scams and identity crime.
  • Since 2004, the Forum has been organizing Fraud Prevention Month, a month-long education campaign in March to address the issue of fraud and ensure confidence in the marketplace. Interest in the campaign has resulted in a considerable increase in membership, from 22 in 2004 to over 100 today

Resource Material

Resource materials are available to help you learn more about fraud and what you can do to protect yourself and others.

Little Black Book of Scams

Your guide to protection against fraud.

Fight Spam Quiz

Take five minutes to learn how to protect yourself, your business or your organizaion from spam and other electronic threats.

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) is an independent body working to protect and inform consumers of financial products and services.

Internet 101

A collection of safety tips, helpful presentations and links to other police-approved resources to help kids and parents surf the internet safely.

Victim Guide

Identity Theft and Identity Fraud victim assistance guide.

More Crime Prevention tips and techniques will be posted so please check back soon.