Newcomers may feel anxious about living in a new community. There may be dangers. They may not know who to call for help.
Follow these to protect yourself and your family:
- Check your doors, windows and security alarms (burglar and fire).
- Your house number should be clear. The police and ambulance can find your house easily when there is an emergency.
- Check for hidden entrances to your home.
- Do not leave belongings in your backyard or garage. Lock your garage door.
- Have emergency numbers nearby.
- Know your neighbours. Watch out for each other and keep your community safe.
The Neighbourhood Watch
- Neighbourhood Watch is a neighbourhood safety program. Volunteers patrol the surroundings to prevent crimes.
- Look for the Neighbourhood Watch logo in your area.
- It is displayed on posts, on your neighbour’s yard, or on windows as a sticker.
- Ask your neighbours if you want to get involved.
Keep your kids safe
- Never leave young kids alone at home.
- Make sure that your child is ready to be left alone even if he or she is 12 years old and older.
- Teach your children what to do in case of an emergency.
- For other safety tips, read Tips for keeping your kids safe
- Go to Cyber tip.ca and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s Kids in the know for more tips on keeping your kids safe.
Frauds and scams
Read other examples of fraud: Winnipeg 311, and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.Sign up for consumer alerts by email at the Manitoba.ca site.Report to the Winnipeg Police Service at 204-986-6222 or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (Phonebusters) toll free at 1-888-495-8501 if you are a victim of fraud.Know how to stay safe when using the internet. Read 5 tips for online safety to know more.
- There are people who will try to trick you into giving them money.
- They can contact you by phone, mail, email or talk to you personally.
- Sometimes they can be someone you know.
- An example of this illegal activity is the CRA phone scam.
- Call your nearest police station or the Winnipeg Police Service (204-986-6222) for issues or complaints.
- Complaints are kept private.
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If you are in Winnipeg, it would be good to know the Neighborhood Livability By-law, which lists rules regarding most issues in community life such as yard maintenance, garbage, walls, foundations and gutters (house structure), noise, and others. You can download a copy from Winnipeg 311.
Read the Canadian Consumer Handbook to become an informed and confident consumer.
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