Break and Enter Prevention Tips 2017

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!

 

SECURED ENTRANCES:

 

– 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!

 

THE BASICS:

 

– 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. 

 

VEHICLES

– 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.

 

Thank you.

 

ASHBURNHAM REALTY

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