Identifying Crime in Your Community


The following information will help you identify crime in your community:

General tips

  1. Always report a crime to police when it occurs
  2. Talk to your neighbours about crime and suspicious activity in your area
  3. Keep the doors to your house and car locked, even if you are home.

Drug trafficking

Signs that a house in your area is making or dealing drugs:

  • Windows covered up, condensation on glass, neglected lawns and gardens
  • Bright lights escaping covered windows, basement lights on all day
  • Suspicious vehicles arriving and departing during the night
  • Odd smells coming from the house
  • Enhanced security, including video cameras and bars on windows
  • Improved vents on the roof, windows or other spots
  • Snow melting on or near the house in the winter
  • Occupants always enter through the garage to hide their identity
  • Garbage containing soil, pots, fertilizer, PVC pipes, chemical containers, and wiring
  • Lots of people coming and going at all hours and only staying for a short time

Signs of street-level drug dealing:

  • Vehicles parked together in odd places and/or times
  • Vehicles idling in empty parking lots for an extended period of time
  • People coming to the house at all times or loitering in the area
  • People meeting up on the street for very short periods of time

If you suspect that drug activity is taking place around your neighbourhood, call the non-emergency phone number 613-236-1222.

Domestic violence

If you are worried about your safety call 9-1-1 now and police officers will be sent to help you.

 Signs of domestic violence involving someone you know:

  • Someone who has stopped communicating with you because of a controlling partner
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts or scratches, sprained wrists
  • Someone who makes excuses about how they were injured that do not add up
  • Depression caused by someone’s relationship
  • Having little or no money, no credit cards, or access to a vehicle
  • Having to ask their partner’s permission to do anything
  • Having low self-esteem, being extremely apologetic
  • Having a drug or alcohol abuse problem.

    Signs that you may be at risk of domestic violence

your partner has isolated you from friends, family, and/or personal property, like a             cell phone or car

  • Your partner controls everything in your life and you aren’t allowed to do anything without their permission
  • Your partner is very jealous and will falsely accuse you of flirting with others
  • Your partner explains that they are only jealous because they care about you so much
  • You use drugs and/or alcohol to help you cope with your day-to-day life
  • You find yourself apologizing for things when you know your partner is the one at fault
  • You find yourself making excuses for your partner’s behaviour
  • You or your partner grew up in a violent environment, or have a history of domestic violence.


Signs of online fraud:

  • Suspicious emails requesting personal information
  • Emails requesting the transfer of funds or banking information
  • Emails requesting you to click a link to log in
  • Online deals that seem too good to be true
  • Telemarketers who want a fee up front

Signs of telephone fraud:

  • Unsolicited calls from someone claiming to be with a government agency
  • The person requests that you take immediate action and will use high-pressure tactics to gain your compliance
  • This immediate action may be transferring them money, usually through a money transfer company such as Western Union, providing personal banking information or signing up for a vacation or investment scheme

Signs that someone may be attempting to steal your identity:

  • People prying through household garbage cans or recycling bins
  • Suspicious people lingering around ATM machines
  • Somebody other than an employer or government agency requesting your personal information.

 Questions Please Call Your Local CPC

Ottawa Police Community Police Centres

Central Community Police Centres

CPC Name/Address CPC extensionDial 613-236-1222
Centretown 110 Laurier Ave West, 2nd floor (north side of balcony) ext. 5804
Wellington 1064 Wellington St. ext. 5870
Lowertown/Rockcliffe Park360 Springfield Rd.  ext. 5915
Vanier252 McArthur Rd.  ext. 5823

West Community Police Centres

CPC Name/Address CPC extensionDial 613-236-1222
Barrhaven100 Malvern Dr. ext. 2342
Bayshore98 Woodridge Cres. ext. 2345
Greenbank245 Greenbank Rd.  ext. 2242
Kanata211 Huntmar Dr.  ext. 2001
Manotick5669 Manotick Main Street ext. 2314
Parkwood Hills1343 Meadowlands Dr. ext. 2348
West Carleton5670 Carp Rd. ext. 2982

East Community Police Centres 

CPC Name/Address CPC extensionDial 613-236-1222
Orleans/Cumberland3343 St. Joseph Blvd. ext. 3571
Cyrville1700 Blair Rd. ext. 5047
Rural South Ottawa7010 Parkway Road  ext. 3787
Ottawa South3343 St. Joseph Blvd.  ext. 5812