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Safety In The Home

It’s important to be aware of your personal safety in all situations, including the home:

  • Keep doors and windows secure at all times.
  • Only open the door when it is safe to do so.

SERVICE AND DELIVERY PEOPLE

Some of the things that you should consider before purchasing a home, or moving into a rental property are:

  • Place a peephole in the door.
  • Verify person’s reason for attendance.
  • Ask for proper identification.
  • Consider contacting the organization/company to confirm/verify delivery time.
  • Consider contacting the organization/company to schedule an appointment.
  • Be sure to utilize reputable and reliable companies.

STRANGERS AT THE DOOR

  • It is common practice for a burglar to knock first to see if anyone is home.
  • Verify the persons reason for attendance.
  • If you are uncomfortable with their attendance, stay calm and tell them to leave.
  • If they refuse to leave advise them that you are calling police.

APARTMENT/CONDO SAFETY

  • Remember the front door of your apartment/condo block is the front door of your residence.
  • Never allow anyone that you do not know into the building.
  • Lock/secure doors, windows and lockers.
  • Do not identify yourself on the call board.
  • Do not enter an elevator if you are suspicious of the occupants.
  • Report suspicious people loitering.

TELEPHONE SAFETY

Be cautious when speaking to someone on the phone, as you cannot confirm their true identity. They could be a fraudster.

  • If a caller refuses to identify him or herself to you – hang up.
  • Do not give out any personal information to anyone. This includes credit card or banking info.
  • Do not divulge that you are home alone.
  • If you are receiving annoying or harassing telephone calls, hang up and activate the call trace feature (*57). Document the date, time and nature of the calls and assemble a record of calls before contacting the police.
  • Notify the police immediately if the calls are threatening in nature

SAFETY TIPS TO REMEMBER

  • Keep sightlines clear – trim trees and shrubs to prevent a place to hide.
  • Lighting can be an effective deterrent for criminals:
    • use motion lights on the exterior
    • use timers inside your home to give appearance someone is home
  • Change locks upon moving into a new residence.
  • Keep doors locked even when you are home or in your yard.
  • Include children in your safety plan.
  • Get to know your neighbours.
  • Be aware of suspicious activity and look out for each other.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE AWARE OF YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY IN ALL SITUATIONS, INCLUDING THE HOME

Want More Information? Take Action

If you want more information or have any questions about Personal Safety at Home, contact the Winnipeg Police Service Community Relations Unit at 204-986-6322 or via email.

 

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