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Burglary Prevention

If burglars are certain that no one is at home, they will feel safer committing a crime. Would-be burglars often canvass neighbourhoods looking for uncut lawns and stuffed mail boxes. They spend spare evenings in search of darkened houses or lights that have been left on too long.

To reduce the possibility of burglary, the Halton Regional Police Service recommends the following series of tips:

At Home or Work:

  • Keep a record of serial numbers and decriptions of your household possessions
  • Inscribe your possessions with your name or other easily identifiable monicker so that police can confirm them as yours and return them to you
  • Install secure locks in your home
  • Use the locks you already have
  • Do not leave notes on your door
  • Change locks if keys have been lost or stolen
  • Doors should have sturdy frames, with hinges that cannot be removed
  • When moving into a new house or apartment, change all of the locks
  • Lock your garage at all times
  • Secure your gas barbecue with a chain and padlock
  • High value items such as lawn mowers, snow blowers and gas barbecues should be stored out of sight when not in use. Garden sheds and cabanas should also be locked.

While on Vacation:

  • Whether you go away for a day or week, use automatic timers that turn lights on and off to give your home the appearance of being occupied
  • Leave your travel schedule and phone number with a trusted neighbour or relative so that you may be contacted if necessary
  • Also provide that neighbour with the phone number of a close relative or friend in case of emergency
  • Leave a door key and key to your alarm system (if you have one) with a neighbour
  • Let close neighbours know how long you will be gone and provide details about any persons who will be visiting your home during your absence
  • Have a neighbour pick up newspapers and mail or discontinue all deliveries
  • Arrange to have your lawn mowed or snow shovelled
  • If you have a second car, leave it in your driveway or arrange to have a neighbour park their car in your driveway
  • Check all windows and doors to make sure that they are locked
  • Lock your garage
  • Check with your insurance agent regarding home checks while your residence is unoccupied. You may not be covered if your home has not been visited while you are away on vacation.
  • Consider a house sitter
  • Above all, enjoy yourself knowing that you left your home as secure as you reasonably could make it