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Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods

The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act is a Provincial Act with the goal of giving power back to you and your neighbours by reporting properties that are used all the time for illegal activity.

Any property in the city could be used for illegal activities like selling or using drugs, prostitution, and gang activity. Activities that put the neighbourhood at risk and affect the property value.

If you are suspicious of a property in your neighbourhood, do not investigate it yourself or approach the occupants.

Signs of illegal activity

There are some common signs that illegal activities are taking place in a home or business, particularly if they happen in combination with each other, and frequently. Here are some things to watch for:

  • frequent visitors – often driving expensive vehicles – at all times of the day and night;
  • frequent late-night activity;
  • blackened windows or curtains always drawn;
  • unfriendly people who appear to be secretive about their activities;
  • people watching cars suspiciously as they drive by;
    heavy home security installations;
  • strange odours coming from the building or garbage;
  • garbage that contains a huge number of bottles or containers, especially chemical containers; and
  • placing garbage in a neighbour's collection area.


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