How to Prevent Break-Ins
A break-in can be a terrifying experience. Here are a few things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of a break-in.
Lock your doors and windows
In recent area break-ins, windows or doors had been left unlocked overnight. While it’s often tempting to leave your windows open during the summer in order to cool down your home, an open window can be an invitation to a burglar. Always keep windows and doors closed and locked securely and don’t forget about your garage. Keep it locked as well.
All doors should be locked with a strong dead bolt and windows should be locked so that they cannot be tampered with from the outside. Window bars or gates are also a good idea. These physical security tools keep criminals out.
Don’t Advertise Valuables
Don’t place your valuables (such as TVs, computers or jewellery) in locations where they can easily be seen from the outside. This just encourages burglars and other criminals.
Get an Alarm System and Use It
An alarm system drastically cuts down on crime. Install an alarm system in your home and make sure that you activate it as needed. When you’re away from home, home alone or sleeping, turn on the alarm system. This will ensure that if anyone attempts to break into your home, an alarm will sound. With some windows, they can be contacted in such a way so that they can be open slightly for venting while still be fully protected.
A monitored alarm system is the best choice for protecting your home. With a monitored alarm system, the central station is immediately notified if there is a crime in progress. The station can then contact you to inform you of the situation so that you can take appropriate action. The central station can even contact the authorities directly.
Criminals like to commit crimes where no one will see them. Installing motion-activated lighting on your property takes these opportunities away from them. You may also want to use lighting inside your home to deter criminals. If you’re going to be away for a long period of time, set your lights on a timer. This will cause criminals to think that someone is home and they’ll likely avoid your property.
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In a tragic carbon monoxide poisoning situation that took place recently in Brampton, three people were killed and two others were hospitalized. The family’s furnace had broken and they were using propane heaters to heat their home. This led to a high concentration of carbon monoxide inside the property. The family did have a working carbon monoxide detector in the house, but it was located in the basement. The three family members who were killed by the gas were sleeping on the third floor. They were unable to respond to the signal from the carbon monoxide detector in the basement. In addition, another carbon monoxide detector that was installed on the main floor of the home was faulty and not functioning at the time of the tragedy.
It is important to ensure that working carbon monoxide detectors are installed on every level of a home and especially outside all sleeping areas. Monitored carbon monoxide detectors are watched over by a central monitoring station at all times. In the event of an emergency situation, the central station can contact the homeowners and alert them of the situation. This provides 24-7 protection and saves lives.
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odorless and tasteless gas that is toxic to humans at high concentrations. Unfortunately, the properties of the gas make it difficult to detect until it is too late. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when a person inhales high amounts of carbon monoxide. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, confusion, headaches and more severe symptoms such as central nervous system problems, heart issues and even death. Hundreds of Canadians are killed or suffer serious injury each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Our monitored carbon monoxide detectors can alert you, your loved ones, neighbours and the authorities if there are high levels of carbon monoxide in your home, giving you the chance to escape and/or be rescued before serious harm is done. When you have one of our monitored carbon monoxide detector installed, the central station continuously monitors for any trouble conditions like low battery, tamper with the CO unit and self testing for proper functionality.
Installing monitored carbon monoxide detectors is very important since many people who are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning die in their sleep without knowing that there are toxic levels of carbon monoxide present. When you have monitored carbon monoxide detectors installed, you can be sure that you will be alerted by the central monitoring station when there are potentially toxic levels of carbon monoxide in your house.
Here, by getting in the mindset of a potential intruder, vulnerabilities can be easily exposed; and most can be rectified quickly and inexpensively.
Do a walk-around of your house, thinking like a burglar.
Focus on entry points such as doors and windows, and think about ways to make them more secure.
In one third of all house burglaries, thieves manage to get through an open door or window without forcing an entry. And don’t forget that it’s not just the front door that can provide access to a home. The back door or patio doors are equally as important to be kept secure with quality door locks.
Think about how to manage your keys for your new home.
New homeowners are twice as likely to be burgled in the first twelve months of moving.
Is there a possibility old residents still having copies of keys? Are you planning on building works in your new home, and giving out spare keys to workers? Will there be carers who need access, family and friends to look after your home whilst you’re on holiday.
The number of ‘spare’ keys required can easily mount up, and without any patent protection, keys can be easily copied. If the spares fall into the wrong hands, a potential thief can instantly gain access and insurance companies are unlikely to accept cover.
Thieves love working in the dark.
Make sure you have plenty of exterior lights, including motion-activated systems.
Don't underestimate simple but effective security items.
Padlocks and window bars or grates are not just great for the home, but also outbuildings such as sheds where ladders maybe stored and could provide help for a would be intruder to access a home.
In fact, anything that slows a would-be thief will make him more likely to give up. A closed gate can act as a psychological barrier but if it’s broken or left wide open, it could suggest a casual approach to security.
Invest in a security system.
Ideally choose one that has an off-site monitoring system that will be alerted if a possible security breach occurs at your home.
Be aware of potential hiding places.
Look for areas where a burglar might be able to hide, such as behind large shrubs or trees near the home. Trim landscaping around the house to give thieves less cover.
Hide your valuables.
Finally, when putting the final touches to a new home, consider avoiding displaying collectibles or other valuable items where they are easily visible from the street, as this may make it tough for a thief to resist.
In summary, just these few considerations demonstrate that there are many questions you can ask yourself when securing your new home. Taking a moment to “think like a criminal,” can help you to identify the weak points and make a difference in whether your home is a burglar’s next stop.