Tips to know about home security
A Crime of Opportunity
Break-ins are a crime of opportunity, where entry is gained due
to carelessness of homeowners.
1. Lock all your doors ALWAYS.
2. Deadbolt all exterior entrances.
Exterior doors should be solid, 1-3/4" hardwood, with secure frames.
3. Intruders fear the spotlight.
An intruder's greatest fear is being seen. Don't give them a place to hide.
Good exterior lighting around your perimeter creates a psychological
Consider motion activated light fixtures.
All porches & other entrances should be lit with at least 40-watt
Trim the overgrown bushes, tree limbs, or landscaping to the height of porches or windows.
Help the police help you.
4. House numbers should be at least 4" - 6" high, reflective
and visible from the street day or night.
Report strangers running through private yards or alley ways or
anyone looking into windows of houses or parked cars.
5. Remember that key you thought you put under the mat?
Never hide keys: Burglars know the places to look!
Leave a key with a trusted friend or neighbour.
Don't place identification tags on your key or key rings.
6. While you're on vacation:
Maintain the appearance of occupancy at all times.
Use automatic timers to turn on different lights at different
Have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your mail &
newspapers. Occasionally entering & checking your home.
During the winter, arrange to have snow shoveled.
Most break-ins occur between 10am and 3pm. Put a radio or a TV
on a timer. Turn the ringer on the telephone down or off, as well as volume of answering machine.