Neighbourhood safety 

Walking home

Request Walkhome service when you are walking home late at night.

Mailbox safety

Don’t place your full name on the mailbox or apartment directory; use first and middle initials instead.

Stay aware

Develop a “buddy” system with your neighbours. Be alert for suspicious-looking strangers, sounds, or actions in the hallways and notify the police at once.

Well-lit areas

Maintain good lighting at all entrances and keep porch lights on at night.

Close your curtains or blinds at night to prevent strangers from seeing that you are alone.

Answering the door

Have a peephole installed in your front door. Check to see who is at the door before answering, especially when home alone.

Ask for proper identification from repairmen, utility workers or strangers. Don’t be afraid of asking – if they are legitimate, they won’t mind. 

Apartment buildings

If you live in an apartment building, do not enter or leave the building if you notice strangers loitering in the entranceway.

Don’t hold the door open or allow others to follow you inside unless they live in the building or have permission to enter from a tenant.

Holidays and summer vacation

If you leave for an extended period, take these extra precautions to protect your home:

  • Sign up for the AMS Holiday Housecheck
  • Make sure all doors and windows are securely locked.
  • Close all blinds so strangers can’t peek inside.
  • Hide electronics/other valuables or take these items with you.
  • Disconnect power cords and electrical appliances that will not be in use.
  • In the winter, turn down your heat, but not below 13 degrees. This will prevent your pipes from freezing while you are away.
  • Try to make your home look occupied by leaving a few lights on or setting up lamps on a timer.
  • Have your mail delivery temporarily held by Canada Post while you are away. 
  • Have a trusted friend or neighbour check on your property. Make sure they have a phone number to contact you in case of an emergency.