Safety & Crime Prevention
The Police Services Act outlines the core principles of policing, with crime prevention being at the top of the list.
The Barrie Police Service is committed to our community, and our uniformed officers, as well as our dedicated Crime Prevention Officers, work to try and keep our community and our residents and visitors safe.
Prevent Parcel Thefts
Online shopping can be convenient and easy, especially during COVID. However, there are ways to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of theft.
Protect your Purse
It only takes seconds for a thief to steal your purse or wallet. A moment of distraction can cause you weeks of aggravation and stress. Follow our safety tips to reduce the risk of your property becoming a target
Protect your Purse (PDF)
Home Security Tips
Follow these tips to help keep your home safe, whether you’re away for vacation, or just for the day.
Home Security Tips (PDF)
Older Adults and the Justice System
A navigational guidebook for caregivers and service providers.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
What is CPTED
CPTED is an approach to planning and development that reduces opportunities for crime. Communities can all be made safer through the application of design principles that make it more difficult to carry out inappropriate activities.
Reduction in Crime and Fear through:
- Territoriality – fostering residents’ interaction, vigilance, and control over their neighbourhood
- Surveillance – maximizing the ability to spot suspicious people and activities
- Activity support – encouraging the intended use of public space by residents
- Hierarchy of space – identifying ownership by delineating private space from public space through real or symbolic boundaries
- Access control/target hardening – using physical barriers, security devices, and tamper-resistant materials to restrict entrance
- Environment – a design or location decision that takes into account the surrounding environment and minimizes the use of space by conflicting groups
- Image/Maintenance – ensuring that a building or area is clean, well-maintained, and graffiti-free
What are some CPTED tactics that can be applied to communities?
- minimize the number of entry and exit points on a block
- design roadways to discourage through-traffic
- maximize residents’ ability to view public spaces
- encourage residents’ use of public spaces
- provide appropriate lighting for streets, paths, alleys, and parks
- encourage residents to watch over each other
- clearly delineate private property (e.g., yard, driveway, walkway) from public space (e.g., street, sidewalk) through shrubbery, alternate paving stone colour, and changes in grade
- provide unobstructed views of the surrounding area
- ensure entrances are visible and overlooked by a window
- avoid landscaping that may conceal offenders
- install bright security lights
- use solid-core exterior doors
- use solid door frames with proper strike plates