Many homes have inadequate security. They are,
literally, easy for a burglar to enter. Many victims say the worst
part of a burglary was not the value of the stolen goods,
butthe feeling of
having their home 'violated'. So
its doubly smart to act before the burglar comes.
it! Roughly one third
of all home burglaries occur because a door or window was left
unlocked, or even open. Today its just smart to make it a habit to
lock doors and windows.
'Lived In' A key to
preventing crime is to always have your home looking "lived in".
Make it a habit always to keep your garage doors closed, so a
burglar can't see that you're away. At night, leave a light on in
some inner halls or rooms if you are going out. An inexpensive
automatic timer can turn lamps and a radio on after dark.
For weekend or longer trips, arrange to have your mail and
newspaper picked up daily by a trusted neighbour. Also arrange to
have your lawn cut and the drapes closed at night and opened in the
morning. For Vacation safety tips click here.
Locks A good lock is very important. The popular key-in-the-knob
locks are not very effective. Install a 2.5cm deadbolt on all
Patio doors are popular targets for burglars and thieves, as many
of them can be lifted out of their tracks and removed. To prevent
this, install metal screws in the door's upper track. These screws
will fill the space above the door, preventing it from clearing the
lower track. Patio doors can also be pinned like windows or locked
with a commercial lock.
Doors All exterior doors should be of a solid-core construction,
4.5 cm thick with a 180° peephole. Door frames should also be of a
solid construction and have a proper security strike plate. Avoid
hollow core and glass doors. You should never open the door unless
you know who is on the outside.
Windows Windows pose a definite threat to home security. Install
high-quality backup locks on all your windows if they can be pried
open easily. There are several types of commercial window locks
available to homeowners. Ask a reputable home security supplier
which lock is suitable for your needs.
Another reinforcement method is "pinning." Drill a 0.5 cm hold
through the inside window frame and into the outside frame. Secure
the window by placing a commercial pin or a large nail through the
hole. Double-hung windows and sliding aluminum windows can also be
Basement windows are a common entry point for burglars. Windows
hidden by bushes or trees give intruders an ideal place to work.
Replace basement windows with a tough, clear, unbreakable plastic
that's mar-resistant, or install decorative security bars over
glass windows. Bar windows from the inside and ensure they open
easily in case of emergency.
Windows that are seldom used should be permanently secured. Remove
any bushes, trees or other obstructions (e.g. sheds) that hide
windows from view.
Garages Garages are another popular target for burglars. Keep
curtains over your garage windows so thieves can't window shop or
check to see if your car is there. Install inward swinging
solid-core doors with deadbolts on your attached garage door. Use a
good padlock for the garage door and keep it locked, even when you
are home. If you have an automatic garage door opener, customize
your remote to ensure that you are the only one who can open your
burglary has occurred during your
absence.... Do not
enter the house in case the intruder is still there. Use a
neighbour's phone or your cell phone to call police
immediately! Do not touch anything...wait for police to
Have a record of the serial numbers of missing items. Anything
without a serial number should be marked with your driver's licence
number. This increases your chances of having missing property
returned to you. For more information on Operation Identification (click here).