Safety / Security

Neighbourhood Watch

What makes a good community is neighbours who look out for each other.
This is a great place to live and bring up our children. Let’s keep it that way!

Tel: 416-225-1102 Website: http://cpatoronto.org/home/programs/neighbourhood-watch

Reporting suspicious activity

If you see any suspicious activity or unusual behaviour around neighbouring homes or on the street, call the police.

  • For EMERGENCY dial 911
  • For NON EMERGENCY call Police at 33 division 416- 808-2222.

Provide as many details as possible, i.e. description(s) of person(s) involved, license plate number(s), colour-make-model etc. Read more information.

Reducing Crime and Increasing Safety (click on topics below for relevant section):

If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve the safety of our neighborhood, please forward them to your Neighbourhood Watch Committee at Bayviewvill@bayviewvillage.or

Home

NEW: It has been noted that houses are being ‘marked’ with sticks and leaves at the front door. When the perpetrators return a day later and notice the debris has not been swept up they conclude the residents are away and then break into the house. Residents are reminded to keep their porch and front door area clear of sticks, leaves, flyers and packages as one means of deterring a potential break and enter incident.

More than 40 million fire extinguishers recalled in Canada and U.S. after defect leads to 1 death. (Shared via the CBC News Android App)

  • Home Security Checklist
  • Home Security Alarm Monitoring Checklist
  • View 33 Division's Home Security Self-Assessment
  • Why Reinforced Door Frames Should Be Part of Your Security Set-up. Read MORE
  • Home Safety for Children
  • Graffiti Control Check out Sto or Dryvit or Durabond or DurRock anti-graffiti paint. Use to paint over and ward off future graffiti attacks.  
  • Stopping House Break-Ins: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
    CPTED is a crime prevention approach based on a theory that the built environment influences the behaviour of people. The proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime, thereby improving the quality of life. CPTED involves the design of the physical space relative to the needs of the users the normal use of the space the predictable behaviour of the users of the space. Crime decreases if the opportunity to commit the crime is reduced or eliminated. CPTED works by eliminating criminal opportunities in and around your property. This can result in your property being a less appealing target.

    Here are a few principles of CPTED that you can apply to reduce the chances of your property being the target of a crime:

    • Make Your Home Look Occupied There are many simple things that you can do to ensure that criminals do not realize that you are not at home. Setting your lights on timers is a good idea, as is placing a TV or radio on a timer to create some noise. It is also a good idea to leave your curtains or blinds in the position that you normally do so that criminals will not realize that anything is different.
    • Take Care of Chores It becomes obvious that no one is home if your snow has not been shoveled and your mail is piling up by your front door. Before you leave, make sure to arrange for someone to take care of these chores. Have someone come by and shovel your snow, clean off your car and handle any other chores that need to be completed. Contact the post office and have them suspend your mail while you are away and do the same for magazine or newspaper subscriptions.
    • Consider Smart Home Monitoring For added peace of mind, consider installing a smart home monitoring service. These allow you to get instant notifications on a mobile device as soon as there is any trouble at home. If you have your video surveillance cameras monitored, you can even check in on your home from nearly anywhere in the world, and view live video.
    • Ensure that doors and windows are secure. See more information on a specific door security product
  • House Numbers and Emergency Situations It is important for emergency services such as FIRE, AMBULANCE and POLICE, that HOUSE NUMBERS SHOULD BE EASILY VISIBLE FROM THE STREET DURING THE DAY OR NIGHT. Otherwise delays in service can occur and this could be costly when lives are at stake. House numbers should be large enough and placed in a well lit area in front of the house.

Auto / Bicycle

How high-tech car theft became a billion-dollar Canadian racket (read article)

Preventing Vehicle Theft: Learn How To Protect Your Car (read article)

Ageless Safety: Tips For Seniors Driving After 80 (from Insurance Canada)

Older drivers should be aware that they may begin to face specific challenges that are linked to the aging process, and take the appropriate precautions.

Ontario's Highway Traffic Act states that any driver who reaches the age of 80 is required to complete a driving examination every two years, which may include testing the driver's: Knowledge of the Highway Traffic Act; Ability to drive safely; and Medical examinations and physical tests to determine driving fitness.

Although each driver possesses different abilities and skills, everyone's body undergoes changes as they age. These changes can have a significant impact on driving decisions. It is therefore critical that senior drivers assess and consider the following:

  • Vision: Gradual changes to one's vision can impact the ability to judge distance, see moving objects, and reduce visibility at dusk or dawn or during inclement weather.
  • Hearing: Compromised hearing may impact the ability to hear horns, sirens, braking, and calls from other drivers.
  • Flexibility, Movement and Strength: A decrease in these areas may affect the ability to check blind spots, look for traffic and pedestrians at intersections, merge with oncoming traffic, yield the right of way, reverse your car and park.
  • Medical Conditions and Cognitive Impairments: Medical issues can cause tremors, muscle spasms and the ability to reason which, in turn, result in impaired coordination, improper driving maneuvers, and reduced concentration, reaction and response time.
  • Medications: Prescription medication may cause drowsiness, confusion, reduced concentration, blurred vision, fatigue and dizziness.

Senior drivers can also take proactive steps to maintain and prolong driving fitness, which include:

  • Exercising and pursuing leisure activities;
  • Stimulating mental acuity by reading, solving puzzles and playing games;
  • Attending regular medical, vision and hearing appointments with health professionals
  • Maintaining a healthy diet and regular sleeping schedule; and
  • Familiarizing oneself with any side effects of prescription medications.

To ensure a safe driving journey, senior drivers should consider implementing the following safety tips:

  • Vision: Ensure the windshield, windows and lights are clean. Avoid night driving or drive on well-lit roads. Wear up-to-date prescription glasses.
  • Flexibility and Movement: Pay attention to adjacent and oncoming traffic together with pedestrians at intersections. Regularly check mirrors and blind spots. Avoid reversing out of parking spaces wherever possible.
  • Judgment and Reaction: Maintain a distance of at least three seconds behind the car in front, or two chevrons. Drive at the posted speed limit (slow driving is hazardous). Activate turn signal in advance. Apply brakes gradually and smoothly. Slow down in inclement weather and for poor road conditions or take a break from the road if possible. Drive in the right lane whenever possible.
  • Concentration: Avoid distractions such as cell phones, the radio and eating/drinking. Do not drive when anxious, fatigued or distraught. Plan the route to your destination and avoid times of heavy traffic.

Wisdom really does come with age. With the benefit of their years of experience on the road, older drivers have an advantage over younger drivers who may not have encountered certain road conditions and situations. Older drivers have also gained the wisdom to know that safety, preparedness and alertness are just as important to have as a car key when getting behind the wheel.

Bicycle Security

TPS Bicycle Registration Form: 33 Division urges bicycle owners to register their bicycles for free and make it easier to return your bicycle to you, if stolen.

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To lock up a bike properly, run a cable or chain through the bike frame, front wheel and solid object. A thin sapling or tree offers no protection as the thief will cut down the tree. Keep lock high off ground to prevent bolt cutters from being used where one arm is pressed against the ground. Bike lock cables should be thicker than diameter of throat of bolt cutter, ie 20 or 30 mm diameter. So called U-Locks must be heavy enough to resist freezing and hammering attacks with compressed freon gas and hammer. Rotating disc combination cable type locks are weak as any force applied to cable will cause combination to be revealed as the tumblers are rotated. Two locks are better than one as the thief will go elsewhere for easier pickings.

Don't let your lock rust. A frozen lock is dead weight. Use a periodic squirt of WD-40 or similar lubricant to keep your lock in good working order. Move your bike around from day to day and don't lock it in the same spot every day as a thief can figure out what hours you will be away. Do lock your bike next to other bikes where possible. Don't park your bike in dark alleys. Thieves are less likely to bother with your bike if it's locked out in the open. Do mark your bike and take a photo of it for future identification.

Be sure to keep an extra key to your bike lock in a safe place. Keep the number in a secure place if your lock is a combination lock type. Buy padlocks with shrouded hasps and hardened shackles to resist cutting. It doesn't take much for a thief to carry around a 24" set of bolt cutters in a knapsack. Chains should have flat sided links to resist bolt cutter attacks.

Personal

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

Traffic, speed, and failure to stop at stop signs have increased dramatically in Bayview Village. The Police will be constantly monitoring traffic in the Village. PLEASE develop the habit of obeying all speed limits and stop signs. Also, more and more residents are walking on the wrong side of the street. Where there are no sidewalks PLEASE walk on the LEFT side, so you can see what traffic is coming and take precautions if necessary.

Consumer Protection - Door-to-door HVAC sales

On April 10, 2017, the government of Ontario passed Bill 59, Putting Consumers First Act(Consumer Protection Statute Law Amendment), 2017... Bill 59 will amend the Consumer Protection Act (Ontario) to allow for the development of regulations that prohibit unsolicited door-to-door sales for certain prescribed products... Currently, door-to-door sales of water heaters are singled out and regulated more stringently than other door-to-door sales, but the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has indicated in a press release that the government is considering taking a step further and using the regulatory framework established by Bill 59 to prohibit door-to-door sales of household appliances such as water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners and water filters.

Shopping Cart Security

Shoppers are reminded not to leave purses and other valuables in their shopping cart. Unattended carts are being targeted by thieves.

Checking for communication outages

See this website to check on outages in your area.

Protect your PIN!

Credit card company says no refund to couple because thief knew the code. Read full story.

Fraud Prevention

#Fraudchat is a weekly Twitter chat that takes place on Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST on Twitter. Launched in November 2012, this program seeks to educate and exchange ideas with the public about financial crimes and fraud. The moderators for this program are Detective Gail Regan (@ReganFCU) and Detective Constable Diane Kelly (@DKellyFCU) of TPS Financial Crimes.

To follow #fraudchat, members of the public simply log on to Twitter from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST and follow the #Fraudchat hashtag. An application such as Tweetdeck, which allows users to separately view tweets containing this hashtag, is also helpful in following the chat.

Cybercrime

The six most common ways non-tech people fall victim to cybercrime
(from ZDNet, Read full article.):

  • Banking and retail hacks
  • Third-party app compromises
  • Phishing scams
  • Social engineering
  • Bad password practices
  • Malvertisements

Hints for avoiding cybercrime:

  • Avoid the Dangers of Email
  • Lock Down Your Browser and Avoid Surfing Dangers
  • Avoid Infections with Antivirus and/or Antimalware Software
  • Lock Things Up Using Passwords Properly
  • Address Security Vulnerabilities by Installing Operating System and Program Updates
  • Keep the Bad Guys Out with a Firewall on Your Internet Connection
  • Stump Hackers by Changing Key Default Settings
  • Lock Down and Protect Your Data Wherever It Is
  • Scrub Confidential Information on Discarded Computers
  • Be Safer When Using Remote Access and Public Computers
  • Secure Your Mobile Devices to Protect the Data on Them
  • Harden Your Wireless and Bluetooth Connections and Use Public Wifi with Extreme Caution
  • Be Careful About Putting Your Sensitive Data in the Cloud
  • Backup vital data regularly

Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware is a form of malicious software that infiltrates computer systems or networks, encrypting data until the victim pays a ransom, which is frequently demanded in untraceable Bitcoin. The average ransom demanded in 2016 rose from $294 to $1,077 dollars.1 Most ransomware is generally spread when a user clicks on a malicious attachment in an e-mail or on a hyperlink. Two of the more significant ransomware threats in 2016 (“Locky” and “Cerber”) were spread via massive email campaigns. However, in a recent attack, the ransomware has been more successful through self-propagation, i.e., by gaining entry into businesses and automatically seeking out and infecting other vulnerable machines. More info.

By exercising a few good security habits, you can reduce the likelihood of ransomware infections and the impact of an infection if one occurs:

  • Ensure Microsoft Office doesn't run macros (a feature that automates tasks) by default. To learn how to disable macros, visit Microsoft's support site.
  • If prompted, do not allow Microsoft Office to enable or run macros unless you're absolutely certain what the document contains in advance.
  • Be cautious with emailed ZIP files, especially those with password protection as they cannot be scanned by antivirus software. If you're not sure why you've received a ZIP file in the first place, it's best to delete it.
  • Avoid opening unsolicited or untrusted emails, attachments and web links from senders you don't know or trust. Be especially wary if asked to provide personal, financial or login information.
  • Keep antivirus software up-to-date and make sure on-access scanning is enabled. Operating systems and firmware should also be updated with the latest upgrades as they often contain security patches to prevent attackers from exploiting vulnerabilities.
  • Back up files regularly to an external drive or keep copies in Google Drive. It will allow you to restore files quickly and easily if your computer becomes infected with ransomware.

A Backup Could Save Your Data After a Cybercrime Incident

Nowadays most of us have irreplaceable data on our desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. A cybercrime incident such as a malware infection or hacking could result in the destruction or loss of your data. Having a current and full backup will be essential for recovering from such an incident with the least possible inconvenience to you. When keeping past copies of backups, consider that your device could have an undetected malware infection for a considerable period. If you have an undetected infection, you may have to go back in time to get a backup that is clean or has uncorrupted data. For this reason, you may want to keep a series of past backups (e.g., daily for last week, end of week for last month, end of month for last 3 months, quarterly, etc.) so that you can do a complete and clean restoration of your data. There are many options for doing data backups, including using a dedicated backup system, external hard drives or other portable media, or the cloud. Apple users can easily set up an automatic backup with Time Machine.

Cloud-Storage for Safekeeping of Valuable Records

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