Break & Enter Safety Tips

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Break and Enter Tips 

Break and Enter Prevention Tips

Burglars go through neighbourhoods looking for uncut lawns and stuffed mailboxes. In the evening, they look for darkened houses or lights that have been left on too long. The following prevention tips will help to make you and your family safer.  Also, when you are away from your home, make it look occupied…make it difficult to break in!

The basics:

Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors. 
Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect a radio or some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. 
Keep your garage door closed and locked. 
Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers, or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a trusted friend or neighbour to take them regularly. 
Arrange for your lawn to be mowed or your driveways and sidewalks to be shovelled if you are going away for an extended time. 
Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary. 
Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors. 
Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

Never leave keys under flowerpots, doormats, inside locked mailboxes, or in other "secret” hiding places…burglars know them all.

Mark your valuables with an engraver for identification purposes. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.

Keep a detailed inventory of all your personal possessions so that you can provide a complete description of stolen items to Police and your insurance company.

Don't tempt a thief: 

Lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecues, and bicycles are best stored out of sight. 
Always lock your garden sheds and garages. 
Use curtains or blinds on garage and basement windows. 
Never leave notes on your door such as "Gone Shopping."

If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:

Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
Use a neighbour's phone to call police. 
Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence. 
Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles. 
Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

Updated December 4, 2018