When I was growing up, our house got broken into several times. It helped that we didn't have anything of much value to steal (yeah, go ahead, take our costume jewelry and 14 CD's...); I found it more annoying than anything, but I know that it can be a very traumatic experience, especially if you have valuables, and you keep them at home!
Here are a few tips from the Edmonton Police Service, on how to keep your home safe.
Protecting Your Home
Your home is the most valuable asset you have and it is worth protecting. Take the Home Security Quiz to give you an indication of the level of security in and around your home and use this Home Security Checklist to help you protect your home.
Here are some tips to help you keep your home safe.
When at Home
- When in your back yard lock your front door and vice versa.
- When in the home, it is a good idea to keep your doors locked.
- Consider keeping your blinds/curtains closed at night because people can see in.
When on Vacation
- Arrange to have your mail picked up and consider stopping newspapers.
- Remember to have the grass cut, the leaves raked or the snow removed as necessary.
- Use timers on a few lamps in rooms where the light will be noticed from outside the house.
- Have a neighbour check both inside and outside the house every few days. Ask them to pick up items delivered while you are away.
- If you have a clearly designated outside parking space (as is the case in many townhouse neighbourhoods), ask a neighbour to park their car in your space.
In Your Yard
- Trim trees and bushes that could conceal burglars, specially around windows and doors.
- Keep your yard maintained to give the house a lived-in appearance. Cut grass, rake leaves, remove dead branches and debris.
- Install motion-sensitive outside lights to brighten dark areas around doors or windows.
- Ensure your fence and gate are in good repair. Keep your gate locked at all times. Install privacy slats in chain link fences
- Plant spiky plants along the perimeter of your yard and under windows to deter intruders
In Your Community
- Get to know your neighbours – residents should become familiar with the routine in their neighbourhoods.
- Be aware of strangers and look out for each other.
- Leave keys and emergency phone numbers with a trusted neighbour.
- Keep up appearances – a well-tended neighbourhood is less attractive to criminals and vandals.
- Get involved in crime prevention programs.