Neighbourhood Safety Tips
- Connect with your neighbours. There is safety in numbers. Community Watch groups help to keep an eye out for risks. Shopping can be done in a group and can make errands a more enjoyable social outing.
- Keep money hidden in public, and avoid carrying large heavy packages. If you suspect that you are being followed, cross the street and go to the nearest home or business.
- Do not let strangers access your mail or personal information. Be wary of visitors or callers asking a lot of questions. There are scams that target seniors. If you believe you have fallen victim to fraud, call and report the incident to your local police.
- Don`t answer the door to strangers unless they can provide valid credentials. Security viewers can be installed, so you can see who is at your door.
- If you are going to be away for extended periods, arrange for a neighbour or friend to pick up your mail, newspapers, and maintain snow removal. Leave a key with someone you trust. Do not leave signs that you are away. Indoor lighting with timing devices indicate that someone is home.
- Consider installing outdoor lighting with motion detectors near entrances, to alert you of activity and provide security.
- Elder abuse is a rising concern. Seniors can be vulnerable to neglect or abuse, including financial abuse (someone stealing or misusing an elderly person’s money or possessions). Signs include a sudden change in behaviour, appearance, onset of injuries, or loss of financial resources. Support agencies are available to help.
- Plan walks and driving for daylight hours, or stick to well-lit areas at night.
- Arrange for transportation support services, if you require assistance.
Toll free by telephone: 211
Helpline and directory of community services. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tel: (705) 324-7323 or toll free 1-800-461-0327
Meals on Wheels (hot & frozen), Good Food Box, health & dental, exercise for seniors, transportation services, elder abuse education and hospice.
Police – 911 for Emergencies
Kawartha Lakes Police
Abuse Prevention of Older Adults Network Peterborough
CNIB – Canadian National Institute for the Blind
Kawartha Lakes Food Source – Food Bank Listing
Kawartha Haliburton Victim Services
Toll Free: 1-800-574-4401
Support and information for victims of crime or tragic circumstances. Free, 24/7.
Canadian Council of Better Business Bureaus
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Toll free: 1-888-495-8501
RCMP, Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security
Guidebook link (pdf format)