Safety and security

The OMHM has launched a range of initiatives to improve tenant safety and security. 

Tenants also have a role to play by behaving safely and respectfully. 

Low-rent housing

Safety and security initiatives

Some of the OMHM's initiatives over the past few years to ensure tenant safety include:

  • Creation of a safety and security coordination centre
  • Closely monitored evacuation exercises
  • Training of tenant security agents in high-rise buildings with 40 or more dwellings
  • Improved building access controls
  • Installation of surveillance cameras in several OMHM sites and buildings
  • Creation of patrol squads
  • Addition of a 24/7 security hotline at (514) 872-OMHM (6646)
  • Improved intercom service
  • Addition of street lights
  • Visits to tenants aged 80 or older
  • Creation of a Neighbourhood Watch guide and support for tenant neighbourhood watch groups

Tenant involvement

Tenant involvement is crucial to the success of security measures. Here are several ways that everyone can improve public housing safety:

  • Building and apartment doors must not be blocked
  • Tenants must make sure that their smoke detectors are working at all times
  • Tenants must participate in evacuation exercises in high-rise buildings. A simple exercise... for life! Find out more in the Participate in fire drills leaflet.
  • The use of outdoor stoves and barbecues on balconies or private patios is prohibited
  • No flammable or explosive materials may be kept in the apartment, in an outbuilding, in a storage area or common space
  • Tenants must clear snow from their balconies and passageways and permit free access at all times. No objects that could be climbed by a young child may be left on a balcony
  • Furniture, toys, and objects must never be left beneath a window (particularly if open) that could allow a young child to climb and potentially fall
  • Never prevent an exterior door of the building from closing (by blocking it with a piece of wood, for example)
  • Apartment doors must be kept closed at all times

 

Peace of mind... on the line!

Tenants can call the OMHM in situations pertaining to their safety, as well as to that of OMHM buildings and fixtures by calling (514) 872-OMHM (6646). This security service does not replace emergency services. Call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Knocking at the right door… regarding a security issue.


Three handy tips

  • Don't let strangers into the building
  • Always lock your apartment door, even if you will only be out for a few minutes
  • Make sure that strangers identify themselves before opening the door
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    Safety... is everybody's business!

    Please refer to the Tenant's Guide

ENHARMONIE residences

Safety and security in ENHARMONIE residences

Other housing

Two neighbourhood watch tenants are present at Benny Farm.

Tenant involvement

Tenant involvement is crucial to the success of security measures. Here are several ways that everyone can improve their safety:

  • Building and apartment doors must not be blocked
  • Tenants must make sure that their smoke detectors are working at all times
  • Tenants must participate in evacuation exercises in high-rise buildings. A simple exercise... for life!
  • The use of outdoor stoves and barbecues on balconies or private patios is prohibited
  • No flammable or explosive materials may be kept in the apartment, in an outbuilding, in a storage area or common space
  • Tenants must clear snow from their balconies and passageways and permit free access at all times. No objects that could be climbed by a young child may be left on a balcony
  • Furniture, toys, and objects must never be left beneath a window (particularly if open) that could allow a young child to climb and potentially fall

Three handy tips

  • Don't let strangers into the building
  • Always lock your apartment door, even if you will only be out for a few minutes
  • Make sure that strangers identify themselves before opening the door
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