Break and Enter Prevention Tips

The March Break is coming and some community members may be going on vacation.  We wanted to take a moment to provide everyone with some crime prevention tips to help avoid becoming a victim of a break-in.

Break-ins can be a traumatic experience, and prevention is always better than dealing with the aftermath. Break and enter prevention is essential to protect your home or business from unauthorized access and potential theft. Here are some break-and-enter prevention tips to help keep your home or business safe:
1. Lock all doors and windows: Ensure that all doors and windows are properly locked, including those on the second floor. Use high-quality locks and deadbolts, and consider installing a security system or smart lock.

2. Reinforce doors and windows: Consider reinforcing doors and windows with additional security measures, such as window bars or reinforced glass.

3. Install a security system: Consider installing a security system with cameras, alarms, and motion sensors to deter potential burglars. Motion-activated cameras can send you a notification when they are triggered. This may also help to reduce your insurance premiums.

4. Consider Installing motion sensor lights and keep your property well-lit: Motion-activated lights can deter burglars and alert you to their presence. Install them near entry points and vulnerable areas of your property.

5. Trim landscaping: Keep shrubs, trees, and other landscaping trimmed to eliminate hiding spots for burglars.

6. Don’t leave spare keys outside: Burglars know where to look for spare keys, so don’t leave them outside. Instead, consider giving a spare key to a trusted neighbour or family member.

7. Use timers: Use timers on indoor and outdoor lights to turn lights on and off when you are away to give the impression that someone is home.

8. Don’t advertise your absence: Avoid sharing your travel plans or posting on social media about being away from home, and ask a neighbour to collect your mail and packages while you’re away.

9. Secure valuables: Keep valuables out of sight, and consider storing them in a safe or safety deposit box.

10. Get to know your neighbours: Building relationships with your neighbours so they can keep an eye on your property when you are away. This can help to create a sense of community and discourage burglars from targeting your home.

11. Be cautious with strangers: Be cautious of strangers who come to your door, and never give out personal information or let them in without verifying their identity.

By following these break-and-enter prevention tips, you can help to keep your home or business safe from burglars.

For more tips please visit our Residential Crime Prevention Page: