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Sault Ste. Marie is a fairly safe place to visit. Having said this, there are certain precautions that should be taken in order to ensure a smooth trip through Ontario , Canada . Like always, common sense is the most important tool to be used in staying safe.
Although street crimes, burglaries, and petty thefts are not major concerns in Sault Ste. Marie, they occasionally happen. However, most of these situations can be avoided using a few simple rules. Avoid carrying around large amounts of money or looking extremely flashy. Drawing un-needed attention is never a good idea. Lock all car doors and roll up windows when leaving valuables behind in a car.
Avoid walking alone at night (especially women). This is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area, but should be followed in Sault Ste. Marie as well. If staying with a group is not an option and walking is unavoidable, try to remain in lighted, public areas.
There are many water activities available around Sault Ste. Marie. With these activities however come certain inherent dangers, most of which can be easily avoided by following a few simple rules such as always wearing a PFD (life jacket) when on a boat, and monitoring children playing near water. For safety tips on boating in Canada, vist Boat Smart Canada. (Note that you may also need to have a Boat Operator's Card or its equivalent, especially if you are using your own boat or personal watercraft (jet ski) rather than renting. For a list of useful water safety tips, visit the American Red Cross website.
In the case of an emergency while visiting Sault Ste. Marie, or any of Ontario , dial 911 from any phone. In non-emergency situations, contact the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department at: (705) 949-6300.