Security - Frequently Asked Questions
No. The law in Canada prohibits carrying any firearms by bodyguards / executive protection team / close protection operative.
Even though many operatives are trained with different types of weapons, the law in Canada prohibits them to carry any type of weapons.
Yes, our bodyguards can travel and assist you with all of your travels.
Security & Safety Tips for children
Street proofing techniques can be used by children for numerous situations. Teaching children the proper skills can assist in protecting them in dangerous situations.
Teach your child that they can seek out the help of a safe person. Look for an adult with other children or an employee behind a sales counter and tell them that you’re scared and you need them to help.
Candy is obvious lure that could be used to entice a child. Teach your child to run a find a safe adult if a stranger offers them candy, money or any other treat.
There is no good reason why an adult stranger would ask a child for assistance. Teach your child to run and find a safe adult if they’re approached and asked for assistance from a stranger.
Teach your child never to approach a car driven by a stranger who is attempting to get their attention.
Teach your child to yell “let me go, you’re not my dad/mom” and attempt to break away and run.
Identity Theft prevention
Incidents or identity theft continue to rise with nearly 1 in 10 Canadians being affected.
- Contact your bank/financial institution and credit card company
- Contact your local police department and file a report
- contact the two national credit beureaus and place a fraud alert on your credit reports:
- Equifax Canada Toll free: 1-800-465-7166
- TransUnion Canada Toll free: 1-800-663-9980
- Minimize the identity documents you carry with you, such as social insurance number or birth certificate.
- Shield you personal indentification number (PIN) when using an automated teller machine (ATM)
- Do not give your personal information over the phone or internet and be alert to “phising” attempts.
- Avoid clivking on any links in emails or enverified websites.
- Shred any documents that have any personal information on them prior to disposal.
- Use strong passwords for all online accounts
- Only make purchases on trusted websites.
- Only use secure websites for finances.
- Use good firewall and anti-virus software.
- Continually monitor your bank and credit card statements.
Frauds and Scams
Fraudsters are extremely skilled in their craft of deceit; they can make incredulous stories seem sensible. These skills combined with the ability to operate with anonymity using the internet, phone mail and social media have many people falling victim to fraud.
- A caller or message will threaten security, legal, police type issues that can be resolved by making a payment via wire transfer, cash, gift card etc.
- The caller or email / text message will appeal to your emotions and demand immediate action, affecting your ability to use logic or make further inquires.
- A random phone call or text advising you are a ‘winner’!
- Once you follow up, advanced fees will be requested to cover administrative fees or taxes.
- Fees can also be incurred by responding to a text or calling back the given phone number.
- This type of scam take numerous forms, such as a mystery shopper, an unclaimed bank account or inheritance, the loan scam or online ticket scam
- The fraudsters will request some form or fee up front in advance of a service, an item or opportunity
- Beware anytime you are sent money and are requested to return or forward a protion of the funds to another party.
Domestic Violence Prevention & Safety tips.
Every year, a significant number of people fall victim to domestic violence. While most of these victims are female, damage to children exposed to this violence is also extensive and long-lasting.
- The key to stopping abuse is recognizing the signs and preventing it before it starts.
- You’re being treated as a child, servant or possession. (your partner treats you like a possession or sex object. He or she makes decisions for you and the family, tells you what to do and expects you to obey without question.)
- Your self-esteem has eroded – you feel powerless and embarrassed. (Your partner uses insults, name-calling, shaming, public put-downs, minimizes your opinions and accomplishments)
- You feel isolated. (Your partner cuts you off from the outside world by keeping you from seeing family, friends, going out etc., and constantly checks up on you)
- Most of the time you feel afraid of your partner. (Your partner threatens to hurt/kill you or the children. Threatens to commit suicide or file charges against you. Smashes things in front of you, hurts pets or puts weapons on display to intimidate you.)
- You feel that you deserve to be hurt or mistreated. (Your partner will shift the responsibility for their behaviour onto you or blame their childhood. They may even deny it has occurred or minimize it by saying they’ve had a bad day.)
- You feel emotionally numb.
The earlier you recognize the signs of abuse or obsessiveness, the better. It is important to seek help in cases of physical, emotional or longstanding abuse. If you wait to seek help there is a high risk of repeat victimization. You may also find yourself experiencing depression, fear and/or confusion which can waken you resolve. Domestic violence is not always obvious to those around you, as abusers can usually control their behaviour and ensure marks are left in less visible areas.
Help if just a phone call away!
Victim Services of Peel: 905-568-1068
Assaulted Women’s Help Line:
GTA – 416-863-0511
Toll Free 1-866-863-0511
Toll Free TTY 1-866-863-7868
Mobile #Safe (#7233)
24/7 Crisis Support Peel line 905-278-9036
Elder Help Peel line 905-457-6055
Your personal safety can be very much affected by what you do, or do not do. Avoiding or properly managing high risk situations, should they occur, can greatly improve your safety.
Always respond to door knock (Speak through a locked door) as criminals may use this method to check if anyone is home before attempting to enter.
- Always walk assertively and be aware of your surroundings
- Always stick to main routs and use the buddy system, especially at night
- Always be cautious if a stranger approaches and/or asks for something
- Always stand by the control panel
- In the event that someone is bothering you, press as many floors as possible to cause the door to open
- Always use machines in visible and active areas
- Always put away your money before leaving the secure area
- Always move your car close to the exit or ask security to escort you
- Always arrange to work with a co-worker if possible
- NEVER leave doors and windows open
A few seconds … that’s how long it takes the average burglar to get into a house.
- Maintain clear lines of sight to all accessible windows and doors
- Make sure the home always looks lived in and is secure, lights are on a timer, flyers have been picked up, windows closed and locked
- Know your neighbours
- Install a dead bolt lock and four hole security strike plate with 2 1/2 inch screws on all exterior doors
- Install a secondary locking device for any sliding glass doors
- keep gates around your property closed and locked
- Mark your property, post warning decals
- Store all valuables / sentimental jewelry in a safe place or hide it in an in unconventional place
- Park your vehicle(s) in the garage
- keep vehicle(s) locked while in the drive
- Install secondary locking device on all windows and remove the crank hendle
- Install motion activated lights
- Install an alarm with exterior bell/siren box and flashing strobe light
- High security measures such as window films, bars and cameras should only be considered once the basic measures are in place
- High security measures by themselves cannot be expected to discourage a determined offender
Senior Safety Tips
Developing a safety plan and making it a habit is key to maintaining a safe lifestyle for all seniors. For majority of people, a great deal of time, effort and thought is directed towards retirement planning yet little, if any, thought is given to how we can better provide for our safety and security.
- Do you sometimes take short cuts?
- Do you sometimes ignore a door knock?
- Do you wear visible jewelry or allow strangers into you personal space?
- Do you allow door to door salesperson in your home?
- Does a relative, friend, caregiver or person you rely on abuse you in any way?
- Do you sote your prescription drugs in a visible or otherwise predictable location such as medicine cabinet?
- Have you fallen for a scam?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the safety or you or a loved one may be at risk.
- Never take short cuts especially when walking alone at night. Stick to main routes.
- Never ignore a door knock as burglars will often knock on the door to check that no one is home. Safely respond to the door knock by taking a look from inside the home then speaking through a locked door.
- Reduce your chances of being approached by a “distraction” thief by avoiding obvious displays of jewelry and never allowing a stranger in your “personal” space.
- Don’t let door to door salespeople inside your home.
- Seek help from the police, health care professionals or a lawyer in the event of abuse.
- Store all medicines in a safe location out of the sight of teenagers.
- Be aware of common scams such as the Grandson “Emergency”. Never wire money or send gift cards based on a telephone call.
- Performa wallet “Tune-Up” – a wallet tune-up can help to manage risk and potentially control loss. Photocopy active cards front and back and keep this record in a safe place should a loss occur.
Social Media Safety Tips
The popularity and variety of social media sites continues to rise. However, the use of social media also presents some risks including criminal offences.
- Choose and set strongest privacy settings available on the media sites you use.
- Review your settings frequently to ensure they have not returned to the site’s default settings, especially after any updates.
- Use only strong passwords for the sites you use to help keep them as secure as possible.
- Keep your posts positive and appropriate for all audiences including family/friends.
- Carefully check your photo’s for too much information including any visual identifiers in the background such as license plates, address, or personal information.
- Remember your posts are not just yours anymore, the site owns the content as well.
- Ensure you limit the personal information you share online such as birth date, full name, address, phone numbers and financial information.
- Ensure location services are disabled that are related to your social media sites including your device camera (geo-targeting).
- Be wary of connections made with anyone online that you have not met offline, as you do not really know their true identity
- Tell someone you trust and/or call police if someone or something makes you fell uncomfortable or unsafe online.