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.

Local Resources

211 Ontario

Toll free by telephone: 211
Helpline and directory of community services. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Community Care

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

705-745-4100 Senior’s Safety Line: 1-866-299-1011 (24/7, 150 languages)

CNIB – Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Helpline 1-800-563-2642

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

(416) 644-4936

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Toll free: 1-888-495-8501

Four Info

RCMP, Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security

Guidebook link (pdf format)