Keeping Your Home Safe: 10 home security tips

Home security is a concern for many Canadians, and justifiably so, according to the CMHC recent statistics show that burglary accounts for 22 per cent of all property crime.  However, a little work can go a long way in keeping your home safe. Below you will find 10 tips and if you’re looking for more information on how to protect both yourself and your neighbourhood visit the CMHC site, they have some great information.
  1. Make sure that your porch and entrance to your home is well-lit.
  2. Trim low limbs from trees near your house to make climbing tough.
  3. Don’t leave ladders and tools outside, lock them up.
  4. Make sure that the number on your house is visible for emergency responders.
  5. Install your exterior doors properly; they should be a tight fit and hinges shouldn’t be installed on the outside where they can easily be unscrewed.
  6. Install proper locks on your doors and make sure that in case the glass in or near the exterior door is broken the lock is inaccessible.
  7. Basement and ground-floor windows need to be  equipped with adequate locks and have solid frames and sashes.
  8. If you have a sliding door use a wooden strip in the track to keep it from opening.
  9. Make sure you lock up the garage properly.
  10. If you are away on vacation created the illusion that you’re actually at home.  Have a friend or neighbour pick up the mail/newspapers daily and use timers to turn on indoor lights automatically.


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