Take steps to discourage break-ins
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.