The goal of the RCMP’s crime prevention services and programming is to provide Canadians with information on effective ways to prevent and reduce crime by reducing risk factors before crime happens.
We work closely with our partners and stakeholders in the provinces and territories to develop and implement programs that target specific crime issues in communities across Canada.
Remembering some basic safety tips can help prevent a crime from happening or help you respond to the situation accordingly. A simple but effective tip is to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Trust your instincts and if something doesn’t feel right remove yourself from the situation or contact police.
If you are approached, verbally threatened or physically assaulted you can avoid further confrontation by giving the person whatever property they want – this could include your cell phone, wallet, hat etc. Do not argue or try to fight back as this could make the situation worse.
Additional safety precautions you can take are:
- Walk with confidence and be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid carrying large bags or purses.
- Keep possessions such as cell phones and valuables out of sight.
- Only carry identification, money and/or cards that you will need for your specific trip.
Auto crimes include both theft of your vehicle and theft from your vehicle. Many cases can be prevented by:
- Using an anti-theft device.
- Parking in well-lit areas or in places with people walking around.
- Removing possessions from your vehicle (i.e. shopping bags, change, electronics, briefcases, etc.)
- Never leaving your vehicle unattended while it warms up.
- Keeping your garage door opener hidden or taking it with you.
Taking some basic safety measures at home can minimize your chances of being targeted by thieves. Some tips include:
- Ensure your home is properly secured and well- lit.
- Keep your doors and windows locked, even when you are at home.
- Invest in an alarm system.
- Let a trusted neighbour or friend check your house if you are away for an extended period.
It is important to make your home appear lived in as thieves target empty homes. This can be as simple as making sure that there is not a pile of newspapers sitting outside your door. Also, if you are planning on leaving your home for a long time, check in with your insurance company as they may require someone to check your home while you are gone to ensure you are still covered.
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all have a responsibility to share the road and follow the law.
Pedestrians should stay on sidewalks and cross at designated cross walks. Dress in bright or reflective clothing to be seen especially in poor weather or at night. If you are walking and listening to music, try not to put both headphones in your ear or have it is on maximum volume in order to remain alert about your surroundings.
Cyclists must follow the rules of the road and wear a helmet. You should also make sure if you bicycle is in good working order before you ride it.
Drives should be aware of the rules of the road, as outlined in the Motor Vehicle Act. This includes abiding by posted speed limits, ensuring your vehicle is safe to drive, and that all passengers are safely secured with seat belts. Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol is illegal and could result in an arrest, fine or jail time.
Additionally, in BC it is against the law for drivers to make or receive phone calls, unless they are using a hand free device. Drivers also cannot send or receive text messages.
Did you know...
- It is the law to wear a helmet when you are riding a bicycle.
- Jaywalking is when you walk across the road where there is no cross walk or traffic light. It is an offense and increases the chance that a car will not see you which could result in harm.
- Legally, the driver and all passengers in a vehicle need to wear a seatbelt.
- A child who is under 40 lbs and under 4’9 is required to be in a booster seat for safety reasons.
- Drivers must ‘Slow Down and Move Over’ when approaching all official vehicles stopped on roads with flashing blue, red or yellow lights.
Frauds and Scams
It's not always easy to spot a scam, and new ones are invented every day.
If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don't be embarrassed - you're not alone. If you want to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre:
By Phone: 1-888-495-8501
Website: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca (English and French)
Your local police service is able to provide support and information on how to stay safe including topics such as identity theft, mass market fraud (including telemarketers and online frauds), and payment card fraud. For more information contact your local detachment or visit:
www.bc.rcmp.ca > Safety Tips > Frauds and Scams (English and French)
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