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CFMH - The Neighbourhood

A clean, well-kept neighbourhood is a positive indicator, but appearances can be deceiving. Be able to recognize warning signs in the area.

How Does The Neighbourhood Look?

  • Graffiti. Gangs use graffiti to claim their territory, challenge other gangs, and intimidate a neighbourhood. Taken alone, graffiti may not be significant, but when coupled with other indicators of criminal activity, it could be a warning sign.

  • Unusual traffic. In a working or middle-class neighbourhood, regular visits by people in BMWs, Jaguars, Rolls-Royces, and Cadillacs are highly suspect. Heavy biker-type traffic may also be a signal of criminal activity in the area.

  • Fortifications. Homes and apartments with blacked-out windows or other unusual and extraordinary fortifications, such as electrified fences or walls topped with razor wire, are suspicious.

  • Suspicious people. Bandanas prominently displayed, extreme hairstyles, tattoos, and the use of hand signals may suggest gang involvement. Also, if you see people exchanging small packets for cash, there is a problem.

  • Miscellaneous signs. Other signs include heavy condensation on the inside of windows, large packages being moved between vehicles and home, trucks and vans with out-of-province plates, "lookouts", ammonia or other chemical smells, heavy machinery or exhaust fan noises, or expensive vehicles owned by people otherwise.