Crime Prevention Ottawa works closely with neighbourhoods and residents to establish and implement community-based crime prevention initiatives.

Home Takeovers

The home takeovers campaign educates tenants and service providers about the problem. Learn about the warning signs and what to do about home takeovers.

Want to know more about home takeovers? Watch our videos.

Home takeovers booklet for service providers and residents
Home takeovers print-ready copy (8.5 x 11) of the booklet
Home takeovers poster  for your building
Home takeovers information card for your neighbours or clients:
·       English
·       French
·       Arabic
·       Somali

Order print copies of the booklet, poster and card from Crime Prevention Ottawa.

We also offer presentations and workshops tailored to the needs of your group. If you want to learn more about how to deal with the problem, email us to book your session.

Build a better neighbourhood

Discover how to make your community a safer, better place to live with our booklet, How to create safe and caring communities: A project book for your neighbourhood. It features eight community-based projects from Ottawa and beyond and tells you how to implement similar initiatives in your neighbourhood. If you would like a copy, you can send us an e-mail at

Community-based crime prevention

Research shows that community-based approaches to crime prevention can have a much greater impact on criminal behaviour than enforcement alone. By bringing together residents, police, Ottawa Community Housing, social service agencies and other community stakeholders, the potential for long-term, sustainable solutions is great. After all, the broad-based support and mobilization of resources from across the community means that everyone has a stake in achieving results and feels pride in the efforts they undertake.

Lowertown, Pinecrest-Queensway and Vanier continue to develop and deliver crime prevention initiatives that respond to local needs and address local issues, setting an example for communities across the city and the country.

Discover the secrets to their success. Read the full report , Learning from Community-Based Crime Prevention Initiatives: The Experiences of Three Ottawa Communities, or download our summary report,   Why Community-Based Crime Prevention Works: Case Studies from Three Ottawa Communities, on their achievements.

Problem addresses

The Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Problem Addresses targets addresses that have a negative impact on neighbourhood safety due to ongoing gang or drug activity, excessive noise or disorderly conduct. It takes a careful, measured approach to helping people self-regulate, or change behaviours that are harming others (gangs, drugs, noise). Our goal? To improve lives by bringing peace. We also want to connect residents to the services they need, with enforcement (eviction or security/police involvement) as a last resort.

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Visit our Neighbourhoods Publications page to read more research relating to safer communities.