For Children and Parents:
- Always take the same route to and from school – no shortcuts. Always walk with a friend.
- When going to school, go directly there and do not stop on the way.
- Never hitchhike.
- Confirm a password or secret code with your children and teach them to never go with anyone unless they can give you that secret code or password.
- Never ride home with anyone unless you have your parent’s permission first.
- Always ask for your parent’s permission before going to a friend’s home after school.
- Never let anyone into your house if you are home alone.
- Never say you are home alone when talking on the telephone.
- Always be sure your parent(s) know where you are.
- Be careful if a grown up asks for directions. Keep a safe distance away.
- Say no if a friend or grown up ask you to do something you don’t think is right.
Tips for Parents:
- Never put your child’s name on the outside of their coat, hat or backpack – it makes it easy for someone to gain their trust by calling them by name.
- Make sure your child knows their name, address and telephone number including the area code.
- Make sure your child knows how to use a pay phone in an emergency.
- Always keep an updated list of names, address and phone numbers of your child’s friends.
- Know where your child is at all times.
- Be familiar with your child’s friends and daily activities.
- Reinforce with your child that strangers can drive any type of vehicle, can be male or female, young or old, short or tall, look shabby or well-dressed.
- Consider using a secret code or password should someone other than you pick up your child.
- Let you children know they can call 911 or 0 for an operator and they do not need money for this.
Safe Schools Information provided by
Thames Valley District School Board
- Scan your vehicle, look in the back seat before you get in.
- If you drive a two door vehicle, flip the passenger seat ahead when you leave the vehicle. If someone has entered the car, the seat is often moved to provide the bad guy more cover.
- Pick your parking spot carefully. At night, park under lights and reduce the distance you will have to walk to your car. If you are concerned, don’t walk to your car alone.
- Have your vehicle keys ready prior to walking to your vehicle. Put the key between your fingers to use as a weapon if you are attacked.
- When you get into your vehicle, lock all doors.
- Do not leave any keys in the vehicle.
- When you move into a new house or apartment, change all the locks and get new keys.
- Carry a cell phone for emergencies.
Tips if your vehicle breaks down:
- Pull the vehicle completely off the road and lock your doors.
- Turn on your emergency flashers.
- Open the windows ½ ” for ventilation.
- Remain in the vehicle until police assistance arrives.
Tips for Winter Trips:
- Ensure your vehicle is mechanically prepared for a trip eg. Battery is charged, lights and brakes are working; wipers and anti freeze levels are appropriate; everything is in good working order.
- Check your directions and weather forecasts.
- Let someone know your intended route and when you plan to arrive.
- Ensure you can see clearly by cleaning snow from the roof, hood, windows and lights of your car.
Pack a Smart Driver’s kit:
- Kitty litter
- Ice Scraper and snowbrush
- Extra clothing, blanket, first aid kit
- If you get stuck in snow, always clear snow from around your tailpipe before starting to dig out to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Fraudulent scams affect seniors across the country in many different ways. Three of the most common scams are:
- Telemarketing fraud
- Home renovation fraud
- Phony bank manager
Seniors are the most vulnerable target for con artists. In a public education video, a convicted fraud artist states, “Seniors are too nice to kick you out of their home, so just wait them out until they finally sign the contract.”
- Don’t forward money for a prize you are told you have won. If it sounds too good to be true – it is. Anything worth winning will not cost you a dime.
- Never pay for promotional items like pens to claim a prize.
- Don’t disclose information about your bank accounts or credit cards.
- Never purchase or invest in any product or company without first checking it out.
- Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone when you are pressured for more information or money.
- Never give money to persons posing as bankers, police officers or any other official.
- Don’t allow people you don’t know into your house to inspect your valuables.
- Don’t allow anyone to do home repairs unless you called them.
- Always get two or three estimates for home repairs.
- Always check a contractor’s background with the Better Business Bureau.
- People will pretend to be bank inspectors and ask for your assistance in catching a person defrauding the bank. They will ask you to give your money to do so. Close the door, hang up the phone and call the police.
- People may come to your house telling you that you need home repairs. If you did not call them, close the door and call the police.
- A person may pretend to be a police office investigating a crime. This person tells you they want to mark all the valuables in your home and it is necessary to take them to the police station to do this. Get the badge number, close the door and call the police.
Call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at
or visit the web site:
Section 141 of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario deals with turns at intersections.
When making a left turn at an intersection, you have to turn into the left lane of the road you are turning on to. In other words… If you make your left turn and drive directly into the curb lane (where there are more than one lane), you are committing an offence contrary to the Highway Traffic Act and are subject to a fine & points. Likewise when turning right, you must turn directly into the curb lane. If you turn right directly into the left lane (where there are more than one lane), you are committing an offence contrary to the Highway Traffic Act and are subject to a fine & points.