BREAK AND ENTER PREVENTION TIPS
Please be advised that the Peterborough Police are constantly warning citizens to be cautious of leaving their homes/vehicles unlocked.
Use the following prevention tips to assist with making you and your families feel safer!
– When opening or closing a secured entrance, please make sure that the door has closed fully to avoid unwanted visitors from gaining access into a secured building.
– If you do not recognize a person as a tenant, do not let them in. There are ways of communicating with people inside the building if a guest or visitor is trying to locate a person or gain access into a building including: intercoms, cell phones, emails, social media.
TIPS FOR NOT BEING TARGETED BY THIEVES:
Thieves will look for darkened homes in the evening
Thieves will observe whether lights have been left on for too long.
– Make your home look occupied if you are leaving for a couple of hours
– If you are going on vacation, have a friend or family member check in on your rental. Be careful who you give keys too!
– Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
– Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect a radio or some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
– Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers, or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a trusted friend or neighbour to take them regularly.
– Sliding glass doors are vulnerable.
– Never leave keys under flowerpots, doormats, inside locked mailboxes, or in other “secret” hiding places…burglars know them all.
– Keep a detailed inventory of all your personal possessions so that you can provide a complete description of stolen items to Police and your insurance company.
– Balconies should be clear of any valuable. Barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
– Use curtains or blinds to avoid observation through windows.
– Maybe add in there to leave things out of sight of windows of homes and cars. Thieves are less likely to smash a window or break in a door without knowing for sure something is in there than if they saw a purse, laptop, etc.
– Do not leave valuables in your vehicle including glove box or trunks that can be accessed from the inside of a vehicle
– Do not leave change in your console
– LOCK YOUR VEHICLE DOORS!
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN ROBBED:
If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:
– Do not enter – the thief may still be inside.
– Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
– Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
– Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
Please inform the office of any mischief or suspicious behaviour/person.