Home Safety

Home Protection Tips

Your home is your castle – your sanctuary. You want it to be as safe and secure as possible because your peace of mind counts on it. No home can be made impregnable to would–be thieves. But there are some useful and effective steps you can take to greatly reduce the risk of a break–in:

Know your enemy

“Case” your apartment or house and property the way a thief would. Find your weak spots first and eliminate them.

Delay, delay, delay

Time works against a burglar. A five minute delay may be enough to convince him to give up and move on.

Let there be light

Exterior lighting that’s installed out of easy reach will deny thieves the darkness they find so comforting.

Make it loud

Try to make the notion of robbing your home a noisy undertaking. Noise is an important factor working against a burglar.

Room with a view

Is a valuable painting or treasured antique easy to see from the outside? Rearranging some of your furnishings may be a good idea.

 


Lock it up

Install good locks and use them. Deadbolt locks offer the best protection on your doors. Consider removable bolts for windows. Add an extra lock to sliding glass doors or lay a wooden rod into the slide track. Don’t forget about the locks on your garage – especially if it’s attached.

Protection vs privacy

Locate trees and shrubs away from your doorways or other likely break–in spots. Keep them trimmed. Think carefully before installing high fences around your property – privacy is an asset to an intruder.

Create an illusion

Make it look like someone’s at home by using timers for your interior lights, stereos and television. Get a friend or neighbour to collect your mail and flyers. Make summer arrangements to have your grass cut and in winter, to clear your driveway and sidewalk.

Carry it with you

Try not to hide spare keys outdoors. Thieves seem to have an uncanny ability to find your ‘great’ hiding spots.