A safe community starts with a safe home. Protect yourself and your family with these home safety tips from our investigative support services:
- Get to know your neighbours.
- Be aware of strangers.
- Leave keys and contact numbers with neighbours for when you are away.
- Keep up appearances of your homes; it will be less attractive to criminals.
- Call 911 if you see any suspicious activity around your neighbourhood.
- Examples are people in your backyard, checking your cars, door-to-door salesman.
- If you are installing an alarm system make sure to use a credible company, do your homework first.
- Ensure the alarm company has all the emergency contact/key holder information if you are away. Find out more about alarm systems
- Install more lights that cover more area all the way around the house. Motion sensors are a good idea.
- Ensure that there are deadbolts on all the doors to the residence.
- If there are sliding patio doors make sure that there are working locking mechanisms on them.
Reduce Your Risk While on Vacation
- LOCK YOUR DOORS!!
- HIRE A HOUSE SITTER !!!
- Avoid Spreading the Word on the Web
- Put the lights on timers
- Pull the Plug on all applicances to save power and protect against power surges
- Turn Off The Water
- Secure Valuables
- Consider Extra Security Such as Alarms
Visit Home Security Audit to do a security audit on your home.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
CPTED looks to reduce your risks of being a victim of crime through proper design and use of your home property:
- Property identification.
- Improve lighting.
- Altering access routes for pedestrians and vehicles.
Check CPTED for more home crime prevention strategies.
Check out the Protect Your Property Protect Yourself booklet from OACP.