Security in our homes
We should all feel safe in our homes. They should be a safe haven, a refuge. We should still take some precautions to secure our home against intruders. Here are some prevention tips that the Safety Council of Canada gives to seniors, however this is a great idea for everyone, regardless of age;
Conduct a security check of your home to determine possible entry points and any weaknesses they may have.
Keep all entrances and garages well-lit at night.
Do not leave tell-tale signs that you are away.
Install good locks and always use them.
Install a wide-angle viewer in your front door which allows you to see visiters before you open the door.
Never open a door to strangers without credentials.
Change your routine often. Burglars often monitor activities in a neighbourhood.
Do not keep large amounts of money in your home.
Mark valuable items for identification. The Operation Identification program has been developed by police to assist people in marking their property.
Keep valuables in a safety deposit box at your bank. If this is not possible, keep them locked up in a reasonable hiding place in your home.