Throughout Crime Prevention Week, our goal is to make you aware of how different crimes might be committed, engage with you so that you can protect yourself, your loved ones and your property and work with you to prevent these crimes from happening to you.

Cybercrimes continue to grow exponentially and are some of the most complex crimes to investigate as they often involve multiple provincial, national and international law enforcement agencies. This includes but is not limited to incidents on the dark web such as Internet Child Exploitation.

Unfortunately, these heinous crimes happen right here in our community.

As a business owner or resident with WIFI, it is important to take precautions to ensure that individuals are not accessing/using your WIFI for nefarious purposes. Remember that your WIFI might have coverage beyond your home or business and individuals might be able to access your open WIFI from outside your home or business even when your business is closed.  

Although it seems simple, making sure that you have a password protected WIFI deters individuals from connecting to your WIFI for criminal purposes. Even in a place of business where customers are allowed to use the WIFI, the fact that customers must ask for the password provides a simple psychological barrier. It is also important to change the password regularly and/or deploy a landing page much like you see when connecting to the WIFI at a hotel. This will make people think twice before accessing the WIFI to download illegal content.

The Greater Sudbury Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit is part of the Ontario Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet. is Canada’s national tip line for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. Tips from the public can help protect children from sexual abuse. Canadians are encouraged to report concerns to if someone they know may be victimizing children online. For more information on addressing child victimization or to report concerns visit