General tips to protect your home

  • Lighting:
    • Have lights on timers in different rooms that turn on and off at different times as if someone was home
    • If you do not have timers, leave some lights on when you go out
    • Put motion-activated lights on the exterior of your home near doors and windows
  • Install good quality locks and a peep hole
  • Put a block of wood in the track of sliding doors to keep them from being opened (the same can be done for sliding windows)
  • Lock your shed and garage; any tools you have could be used to break into your home
  • Do not open the door to anyone you do not know
  • Do not let anyone in to use the phone; make the call for them
  • Keep landscaping trimmed
    • Large bushes can give a place for criminals to hide
    • Large trees may give access to the second-floor windows; keep trees cut back
  • Do not have your name on your home or mailbox
  • Do not leave notes advising you are not home

If your home has been broken into while you were away, do not enter. If you have already entered, do not touch anything. Call 9-1-1 from your cell phone or from a neighbour’s house.