Canada’s reputation among many people has been enhanced by the popular conception that Canadians are extraordinarily polite — leading some people to believe that Canada is a much safer place to live compared to the United States.
Although the crime rate in Canada is generally lower than in the United States, the unfortunate truth is that there will always be those who prey on the vulnerable.
Whether you’re planning to make the move over the border permanently or just stopping by for a neighborly visit, here’s some information you should know about keeping yourself safe from crime in Canada.
Watch for Thieves
Violent crime is relatively uncommon in Canada, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to keep a watchful eye. Thieves and pickpockets ply their trade just as frequently in Canada as they do in any other populated area, so you should always follow the same precautions you do elsewhere. That includes keeping your valuables out of sight, locking your doors, and being aware of your purse or wallet when you go outside.
Be Careful in Cities
Although Canada’s major cities generally are safe and clean when compared to urban centers elsewhere in the world, there’s still a higher risk of being victimized simply due to the higher concentration of people. If a neighborhood looks a little sketchy, think twice about parking your car there. Common sense goes a long way.
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that no place in the world is completely safe as long as there are other people who are looking to take advantage of someone. Understandably, you may want to have something with you to protect yourself.
Pepper spray and other similar self-defense products are illegal in Canada, but you have other options. Personal alarms make a great deterrent for any criminal who may be trying to turn you into a victim. What’s more, personal alarms can summon help quickly in the event of an emergency.
Canada has a lot going for it, whether you’re considering it as a vacation destination or your permanent residence. Yet even though Canada has a reputation for being America’s quiet neighbor, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about protecting yourself from crime there.
Check out SABRE’s selection of personal alarm products and use a little common sense when you’re up north, and you’ll have a much better chance of avoiding becoming a statistic.