Friday, January 2, 2009

Break and enter tips

From the Toronto Police, tips for protecting your home:

  • Report any suspicious activity you see happening around your home or business to the police, at 416-808-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS). If you see a crime being committed, call 911
  • Lock all of your doors and windows before leaving for work or retiring for the night
  • Lock your garage door
  • Use your alarm system even if you are home for the night
  • Leave outside lights on during the night and have interior lights on timers
  • Make sure windows and doors are not blocked by overgrown shrubs
  • Install good quality deadbolt locks on all exterior doors
  • Lock up extension ladders
  • Put all garden utensils away so that they cannot be used as break-in instruments
  • When buying high value items such as TVs, computers etc., cut up and turn their boxes inside out before you through them into the garbage or recycle
  • Let your neighbours know if you are going away on vacation and suspend mail and newspaper delivery during your absence
  • Do not leave your car keys by the front door or in the kitchen

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