Crime prevention

The Service recognizes that crime prevention is a key component of community mobilization and that strong community partnerships are an essential element of any crime reduction strategy. The Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit educates and assists community members to be more aware of their own safety, and to be proactive in the reduction of crime and eliminating the opportunity for crime.

The Crime Prevention Co-ordinator at the Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit provides resource information on crime prevention and supports the work of Divisional Crime Prevention officers.

Crime Prevention Association of Toronto


Apartment security
Are You in an Abusive Relationship? (PDF)
Auto theft
Bicycle registration (PDF)
Bicycle safety
Caribbean Carnival - Grand Parade 2014 (PDF)
Elder abuse
Guide to Keeping Our Children Safe (PDF)
Hate motivated crime
Holiday safety
Home security (PDF)
Identity Theft
Internet safety
Personal Safety (PDF)
Protect your child
Protect yourself
Purse snatching
Robbery prevention and safety
Social Isolation of Seniors (PDF)
Street Robbery (PDF)
Taxi driver safety
Travelling tips

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.

For more safety information, please visit the Toronto Fire Services and Toronto EMS websites.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Ontario.

Stop Now And Plan (SNAP®)

SNAP® is a cognitive-behavioural strategy that helps children and parents regulate angry feelings by getting them to stop, think, and plan positive alternatives before they act impulsively.

The strategy was developed in the late 1970's for use in a classroom by the former Earlscourt Child and Family Centre, Toronto, Canada (now called the Child Development Institute) for behaviourally disordered children in a day treatment program by one of its staff.

Stop Now And Plan