Security Tips:

"Home Security Check List"

Do & Don't

During 2016 Ottawa-Carleton had 2678 break-and-enters, averaging more than 7 a day. Burglars do not choose victims, they choose opportunities. Most burglaries occur during the day when occupants are not home. Burglars are usually lazy and look for a home that can easily be broken into.

HomeCheckers.ca Ltd. offers a FREE home security survey of the exterior and interior of your residence with no obligation. Our assessment provides valuable suggestions to modify and upgrade your overall security and safety.

Use the following check list to note where the security of your home could be modified and upgraded:

Do keep your garage and shed locked as they may provide criminals with the tools to break and enter
Do install a visible security bar on sliding patio doors, and remove handles from casement windows
  Do ensure sliding patio doors cannot be lifted up and out by installing screw nails in the upper track 
  Do protect all basement windows with theft deterrent security bars or a decorative security grill 
  Do install a timer on a bathroom light during extended absences, as revealed by a former burglar 
  Do cancel deliveries before your departure on holidays and resume only after your actual return 
  Do ensure your second-storey windows cannot be reached by a burglar using trees or antennas 
  Do adjust the volume of your telephone so the ring cannot be heard outside your home 
  Do record serial numbers and identifying marks of valuable and theft-prone items 
  Do place a large dog bowl outside doorways, which suggests a large dog inside 
  Do remove home key from your set when car keys are left at garage or at a parking lot 
  Do post signs and decals at all entrances of home, as they tend to deter some burglars 
  Do set up adequate lighting both in and outside the home by using automatic light timers 
  Do install timers on radio/sound systems and TV to create usual sounds inside your home 
  Do a permanent video tape of your home and contents, updating once a year. Store elsewhere 
  Do arrange to have lawn cut and driveway plowed while you are absent for an extended period.

 

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Don't leave the garage door open on short absences - unplug door openers on extended absences

 
Don't hide keys in mailbox or under the mat and do not have any open identification on key rings

 
Don't  announce your holiday departure by openly packing your car in the driveway

 
Don't  leave exterior lights on during the day to suggest there is no one at home

 
Don't  broadcast particulars of your absence on a telephone answering machine

 
Don't  hide all your valuables in one location, but rather spread them throughout the home

 
Don't  start to get careless about not locking doors simply because of a recently installed alarm system

 
Don't  get caught between a burglar and his exit. If you do encounter one, get out .......... and quickly

 

 

And remember, some burglars make a return visit to steal replacement items that have been recently purchased.

 

 

HomeCheckers offers a FREE survey of the exterior and interior of your residence with no obligation. Our assessment provides valuable suggestions to modify and upgrade your overall security and safety.

 

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