Take steps to dis­cour­age break-ins

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

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It is cer­tainly dis­tress­ing to note that ev­ery day in Canada, well over 5,000 homes are bur­glar­ized. There are, how­ever, a few clever steps a home­owner can take to dis­cour­age a break-in be­fore it be­gins. In­stalling high­grade, one-inch dead­bolts on ev­ery en­trance door is first and fore­most when seek­ing max­i­mum se­cu­rity. An­other is an alarm sys­tem with de­cals promi­nently placed on win­dows and doors. But thereʼs more you can do. and com­put­ers.Elec­tric en­grav­ing mark­ers can be ar­ranged and pro­vided. If you were to en­grave your So­cial In­sur­ance Num­ber for ex­am­ple, onto your big screen TV, who else could call it their own?

And if re­trieved by the po­lice there would be no doubt that the TV is yours. Oper­a­tion Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion de­cals are pro­vided for prom­i­nent dis­play on house­hold win­dows and doors. You may also want to join Neigh­bour­hood Watch, a sys­tem that re­duces crime by get­ting neigh­bours to look out for each other. More in­for­ma­tion on both se­cu­rity pro­grams is avail­able at www.weiser­lock.com. For those who canʼt, or wonʼt be re­plac­ing their doors im­me­di­ately af­ter mov­ing in, it is highly rec­om­mended to at least have a lock­smith re-key the locks on both a new house and on a re­sale. This en­sures your keys are the only ones that un­lock your doors, as you have no way of know­ing how many keys a pre­vi­ous owner had made. While the lock­smith is at your home, have him do a se­cu­rity check of your home and check the doors and win­dows.

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