OPP Launches SafeGuard Ontario Property Security Program

Grey County OPP wish to provide the community with information about the SafeGuard Ontario Property Security Program that is being offered by the Ontario Provincial Police.

The OPP recognize that break and enters continue to remain an all-too common occurrence in Canada, with more than 200,000 reported to police annually of which 6 in 10 are residential. Another 30% are businesses and 10% are other locations such as sheds and detached garages.

Research indicates the decision to commit a crime is tied to the perceived risk of being caught and that a high frequency of re-victimization occurs during the 12 months following an initial break-in.

Goal

In partnership with community volunteer members of its Auxiliary Policing program, SafeGuard Ontario is a community based crime prevention program developed in direct support of our detachment front line members to help citizens “lock criminals out of house and home.”

Objectives

Utilizing a problem oriented policing approach, SafeGuard Ontario public awareness and education initiatives are also supported through its Property Security Reviews of homes and small businesses by OPP Auxiliary members specially trained through the program.

SafeGuard Ontario training provides an orientation to the basic principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) with a primary focus on target hardening techniques to help reduce or prevent re-victimization of property crimes.

OPP Auxiliary: Volunteers for a Better Community

The OPP Auxiliary Program is comprised of over 850 community members who volunteer their time in direct support of OPP front line members providing community based crime prevention initiatives to our communities. The OPP Auxiliary commemorated their 50th Year of community service with the OPP in 2010.

Photo Credit: OPP

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