Safeguards at Home

  • Ensure your house number is clearly displayed so emergency vehicles can find your house quickly. €Yes € No
  • For Rural Community Residents, ensure you know your legal land address as emergency personnel cannot respond to box numbers. €Yes € No
  • Keep premises secure at all times (including garages and vehicles) €Yes € No
  • Ensure the man door from the garage to your home is always locked. €Yes € No
  • Change door locks when you move into a new residence. €Yes € No
  • Install a one inch dead bolt. €Yes € No
  • Do not rely on door chains. €Yes € No
  • Install and use a peephole in the front door. Never open the front door to a stranger.
  • Secure sliding windows and doors. €Yes € No
  • Consider installing an intrusion alarm. €Yes € No
  • Lock patio doors with second looking device when possible. €Yes € No
  • Keep your outside entryways and driveway well-lit. €Yes € No
  • Use motion sensor lights. €Yes € No
  • Keep shrubbery from concealing windows doors and windows. This prevents hiding places.  Yes  No
  • Dogs are great deterrents  Yes  No
  • Record serial numbers of valuable items and keep the list in a secure place. €Yes € No
  • Keep a home inventory list that is always up to date. This inventory can include photos or videos of your home and property. €Yes € No
  • Do not leave notes on doors or mailboxes advising that you are not home.  Yes  No
  • Never hide keys outside your residence. Leave spare keys with a trusted neighbor or family member.  Yes  No
  • Periodically change the security code on your electronic keypads. €Yes € No
  • Keep your doors locked when you are inside. If you are in your backyard it is good practice to keep your front door locked. €Yes € No
  • If your keys are lost, you should change your locks.  Yes  No
  • Ladders or tool boxes should be secured. These can be used as break and enter tools. Yes  No
  • Keep windows locked. €Yes € No
  • Keep drapes closed at night. €Yes € No
  • Keep lights on in some rooms. €Yes € No
  • When a stranger asks to use your phone, do not let him/her in your house. Offer to call for assistance on their behalf.  Yes  No
  • Be extremely cautious about letting anyone into your house.  Yes  No
  • Do not be fooled by a well-dressed person.
  • Verify identification of sales and service people. Check with their company via telephone call to see if they have sent a representative out. Note: This is applicable to police officers as well. Police officers always have credentials that can be verified by calling your local detachment.
  • Keep an eye out for your neighbors. Don’t volunteer information about them to strangers.
  • Report suspicious people and/or vehicles to police in a timely manner.
  • Garage doors, fence gates and garden sheds should be locked when not used.
  • Grills, lawnmowers, BBQ’s and other valuables should be stored in a locked garage or shed. If left out, ensure they are hidden from view with a tarp and securely locked to a stationary point. €Yes € No
  • If you have recently purchased a major household item (Television, computer, etc.…) do not leave the empty box outside in plain sight. Take it to a recycling depot immediately or keep it out of sight until your scheduled recycling pickup day.
  • By law, all firearms must be stored in a lock gun safe with any ammunition stored separately from the safe. €Yes € No

TELEPHONES
  • Never reveal your name or address to a stranger.
  • Never tell a stranger that you are alone.
  • Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone.
  • Report indecent, harassing, and/or scam phone calls to your local police detachment. (For unwanted calls from telemarketers, call 1-888-382-1222 to register your phone number with the Federal Government on the Do Not Call list).

CREATE THE ILLUSION OF OCCUPANCY

If you are away from your residence:

  • Leave your home in the care of someone you trust and let them know where you can be reached in case of an emergency
  • Arrange to have newspapers, flyers, and mail picked up
  • Arrange to have the grass cut, leaves raked, or snow removed as necessary.
  • Have someone check both the inside and outside of your home periodically while you’re away.

Use timers on interior lights and motion sensor lights for the exterior

  • Have a neighbor park their car in your driveway or your designated parking stall.
  • If you have a garage, keep the door closed and locked so no one can see if your vehicle is gone.
  • Turn the ringer on your phone off or set your answering machine or voicemail to pick up on the second ring. Do not leave specific information about your absence on your message.
  • Do not share you vacation plans on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.…).
  • Have a neighbor park their car in your driveway or your designated parking stall.
  • If you have a garage, keep the door closed and locked so no one can see if your vehicle is gone.
  • Turn the ringer on your phone off or set your answering machine or voicemail to pick up on the second ring. Do not leave specific information about your absence on your message.
  • Do not share you vacation plans on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.…).

IF YOUR HOME HAS BEEN BROKEN INTO

If you return home and discover your home has been broken into:

  • DO NOT ENTER, call the police immediately.
  • Wait at a safe place (i.e.: a neighbors) for the police to arrive.
  • If you have entered your residence, do not touch anything or clean up until the police have arrived as you may disturb evidence.
  • You can start making a preliminary list of items you notice missing.

IF YOU SUSPECT SOMEONE IS OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
  • Call the police immediately and stay on the phone with the dispatcher until the police arrive.
  • Remain inside.
  • Turn on the lights.

IF A PERSON GAINS ENTRY TO YOUR HOME
  • Call the police and keep the line open to the dispatcher if you are not able to speak.
  • Do not engage that person.
  • Try to leave through another door.

IF A PERSON TRAPS YOU INSIDE
  • Comply with their demands
  • If you are physically attacked, use whatever means you can use to fend off the attacker.