Tips on preventing break-and-entering
1. See and be seen – Keep the entrance to the house visible and free from overgrown shrubs and trees which are perfect hiding places for burglars. Always keep them nicely trimmed at the right level.
2. Secure all the doors, locks and windows to make them stronger and harder to be broken. Door edge guard, sliding door blocks etc. can be found in hardware stores such as Home Depot and Rona. Consider installing Security Films on windows and patio doors. It makes it much harder and louder if thieve try to break the glasses.
3. Almost all Break & Enters happen when no one is at home. That is because thieves usually avoid confrontation with homeowners. They ring the doorbell or knock persistently to check if anybody is at home. If you are at home, answer the door. It doesn’t mean you need to open the door. It doesn’t even mean you have to carry on any meaningful conversation. Open the drape to check the driveway, turn on the hallway light, open the 2nd-floor window to talk… … anything to make it clear someone is at home.
4. Keep exterior lights on at night time; install timers to control exterior lights. Sensor lights usually work better than constantly-on-lights for deterring thieves. Use timer or smart plug to plan for lights to turn on at sunset hour in different rooms. Already create the atmosphere that someone is at home.
5. Install a security alarm system, cameras, video doorbell, etc. Many security companies have a full package of this kind of services. Consider adding an extra siren outside your house so that your neighbors can hear the warning when the alarm goes off. Make it a habit to always arm your home security system, even if going out for a short while.
6. Know your neighbours. Establish contact with the 3 neighbors to the left, 3 to the right, 3 at front and 3 at the back of your house. Know what they look like and what cars they have. Have their names and phone numbers. It helps to identify who does NOT belong and helps to notify each other when security issues arise.
7. Most likely stolen items are those easy to take and easy to carry – cash and valuable jewelleries. Do not keep a large amount of cash and valuable jewelleries at home. Rent a safety deposit box at the bank.
8. When going away for an extended period of time such as vacation, inform your trusted neighbors to keep an eye on your house. Let them park their car on your driveway. Do not broadcast your absence on social media.
9. Always avoid unintentional broadcasting of your absence, such as the following: garbage bins on the street on non-garbage-days; flyers and newspapers lying on driveway; (in winter months) driveway not ploughed; (in summer months) grass not cut; door hanger ads not removed… … all these signs make the house easy targets for burglars.
10. York Region Police non-emergency contact number: 905-881-1221 or 1-866-876-5423. For any Emergency, Call 911.