Home Safety

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A safe community starts with a safe home. Protect yourself and your family with these home safety tips from our investigative support services:

Community Safety

  • 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.

Alarm Systems

  • 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 

Exterior Lighting

  • 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

  3. Avoid Spreading the Word on the Web
  4. Put the lights on timers 
  5. Pull the Plug on all applicances to save power and protect against power surges
  6. Turn Off The Water
  7. Secure Valuables
  8. 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.