Break and enter is the most common of major crimes committed. Most break-ins are simply crimes of opportunity. Intruders will seek out the easiest opportunity (target) to enter a building with the least chance of detection. Time, noise and light are often a burglar's worst enemy. Here are some tips that can act as deterrents against possible danger, injury to people or damage to property.
SECURE YOUR PROPERTY
- Never leave a spare key hidden outside (burglars know all the best places). Use an AccessSecure lockbox.
- Keep the radio on and use automated light timers to make it appear that someone is around when your premise is unoccupied.
- Make sure that your telephone answering machine does not imply that you're not at home.
- Most home burglaries occur during the day, so get in the habit of always locking all doors and windows whenever you go out.
- Prepare an inventory of valuables in your household and store it somewhere other than your home, such as in a safe deposit box.
- Make sure the street number on your home is large, well lit and unobstructed so emergency personnel can find you quickly.
- Keep your garage door locked at all times, preferably with a deadbolt lock.
- Report suspicious persons or vehicles to your local police.
CARBON MONOXIDE PROTECTION
- Light up your home with well-placed, effective lighting. Make it easy to spot unwelcome visitors with well-trimmed hedges, foliage, and trees to minimize dark corners and handy hiding spots.
- Install deadbolt locks on all exterior entrances and shatterproof glass on windows.
- Secure all windows and doors which are accessible from the outside. Install an adequate number of bars, locks and sensors.
- Install peepholes so that you can look out at visitors before opening your door. Ask to see identification from service and delivery people before letting them in.
- Security system decals and signs are an effective deterrent so make certain they are visible.
- Make sure your security system includes a loud inside siren, intrusion detectors at all exterior doors and windows, and motion sensors.
- Install an AccessSecure Monitored Security System today!
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a dangerous invisible and odourless gas that causes symptoms of fatigue, nausea, headache and dizziness—symptoms that can be easily be confused with the flu.
- Be sure any fuel-burning appliances are vented directly to the outside and keep fresh air circulating in your home/building.
- Have your heating system checked for CO emissions before the heating season begins.
- Check any combustion appliances (kitchen range, fireplaces, water heater, furnace, etc.) for CO emissions periodically.
- Never run your vehicle engine for more than a few moments in a garage or other enclosed area, even if the door is open.
- Install an AccessSecure monitored carbon monoxide detector to ensure you and your family can be alerted in the event of increased levels of CO in your home.