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

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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Home takeovers

A home takeover happens when a friend, relative or acquaintance takes over a home. They may sleep there, sell drugs, do illegal activities or steal from the tenant. It can happen to anyone, but especially to tenants in vulnerable situations: 

  • People living with a disability or mental illness
  • People living with addictions
  • Elderly or otherwise isolated

This campaign educates tenants about the warning signs and what to do about them. Get your campaign materials today.

Download the home takeovers poster
Download the information card
Order print copies of the poster and card from Crime Prevention Ottawa
Download the home takeovers information card in Arabic or Somali   

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.

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

Call for proposal for “Reactions to Trauma at the Community Level”