Home and Property Checklist
You’ve worked hard to furnish your home or apartment with things you love. Make sure you’re protected if your home or apartment is damaged or robbed.
Use our handy Home and Property Checklist to take an inventory of your belongings.
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 here 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.