Welcome to CrimeReduction Canada
’s web site. You may be wondering why Crime Reduction
instead of one of the more common terms, Crime Prevention
or Crime Proofing
? I served as a police officer for 14 years, first with the RCMP, then with the York Regional Police and I’ve spent the last 3 years working closely with the Durham Regional Police in the area of Crime Prevention. In our society in Canada, it is impossible to prevent crime...that makes both crime prevention and crime proofing misnomers. If criminal(s) are determined to commit a crime and pick a specific target, they will attempt it. Even armoured cars, with armed guards get robbed. Does that mean there is nothing you can do to protect yourself?
Not at all. Generally speaking, criminals look for the greatest return with the least risk or effort. By making it more difficult for them to commit a crime against you or your property, you can greatly reduce the odds of you becoming a victim. Three elements are necessary for a crime to occur—there must be a target (the victim); an opportunity; and criminal desire. By using common sense and following our recommendations, target the criminal’s opportunity and you can reduce the odds that you will become a victim.
Documents dealing with protecting Commercial Premises; Home Security; Identity Theft; Personal Safety and Vehicle Security are available in pdf format. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader (which is available free, from Adobe) in order to view the documents.
Crime reduction is an ongoing process and so is this web site. Check back from time to time, as we will continue to add more documents to the library. If there is a topic you would like to see covered, please contact us, we are very responsive to the public’s needs. Similarly, if you have a question concerning crime reduction, please contact us. Even if the answer to your query isn’t immediately available, we will research it and post the results.
The CrimeReduction Canada web site and its associated documents are provided to you for free, as a public service. We sell neither goods nor services and receive no funding from any government agency. This web site and the work that goes into preparing our documents is entirely funded by the generosity of our advertisers and sponsors. If your company is interested in become a sponsor of this web site, please see the Sponsors and Links page.
CrimeReduction Canada focuses on immediate steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and your property from crime. There is another aspect of crime reduction and improving your community that you should consider—volunteering. We have outlined several very worthwhile organizations below that you should consider. Click on any of their logos to be taken to their web site.
Another volunteer opportunity is available through your local police service. Many police services across Canada use civilian volunteers or auxiliary police to perform tasks not requiring a police officer...freeing up officers to perform investigative and enforcement duties. Contact your local police service for more information.
There are a great number of other civic organizations which perform a wealth of community improvement services. Volunteering or otherwise supporting any of these organizations can only improve the quality of life in your community.
Safe Communities, One Block At a Time
The Block Watch program fights the isolation and separation that crime creates and feeds upon, it forges bonds among area residents and businesses, helps reduce burglaries and other crime, and improves relations between the police and the community they serve.
The Block Watch Program was started in BC in 1986 in response to the concerns of citizens about crime. The program was modeled on a similar project in Seattle which was effective in reducing residential Break and Enters by up to 60 percent.
Block Watch Society of BC - www.blockwatch.com
In Calgary - www.calgaryblockwatch.com
||MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada) is a non-profit, grassroots organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. At the heart of MADD Canada is our volunteers who include not only mothers, but fathers, friends, business professionals, experts in the anti-impaired driving field and concerned citizens who want to make a difference in the fight against impaired driving.
MADD Canada’s aim is to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, and to save lives and prevent injuries on our roads. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a terrible crime that touches all of our lives and it is an irresponsible, dangerous and intolerable act.
||Volunteer Canada is a central clearing house for volunteer activites in Canada. Volunteers are involved in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment. Some volunteers give just one hour of time each week; others devote many hours. Volunteers are involved in one-time events as well as ongoing commitments. Some choose to volunteer out in the community whereas others are virtual volunteers and do their volunteering from the comfort of home. Volunteers can work on their own or with others, do hands-on work or volunteer at an administrative or leadership level.
||Statistics Canada estimates the direct cost of crime in Canada at 6.7* billion dollars annually. These figures do not take into account the additional costs associated with the crime when property has to be replaced or the theft causes other damages to business operations or essential infrastructure such as hydro or industrial facilities. These additional damages can create other safety and security hazards for citizens, employees and emergency response personnel.
Each year, one in four Canadians is directly impacted by crime and all citizens share the cost. One way or another, property theft impacts everyone!
Operation Hands Off is a coordinated theft prevention program that brings together many partners across a wide range of industries including insurance companies, crime prevention organizations and law enforcement agencies to combat the problem.
Become involved and make a difference!
*Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Vol. 15 (8), March 1995