• Install a home security system.
  • Make sure locks are in place and are functioning correctly.
  • Always check through a peephole or window before opening the door when somebody knocks.
  • Keep your doors closed even when you’re home, including the garage doors.
  • Keep blinds or curtains closed so you don’t advertise what’s inside (especially in expensive rooms!).
  • Store your valuables in a safe or a very clever hiding spot, instead of leaving them lying around.
  • Protect sliding doors from intrusion by inserting a metal bar or pipe on the bottom track (make sure it’s the same length).
  • Request identification if a stranger claims to be a police officer or other government official.
  • Adopt a guard dog.
  • Report any suspicious activity around your house or in the neighbourhood to the local authorities immediately.

Don’t leave digital footprints for criminals. Social networks provide an easy, fun, and dangerous way to announce your exact whereabouts and all times. We often forget that our friends aren’t the only ones privy all of to the information that we post.

  • Never announce that you’re leaving your home, especially for prolonged absences.
  • Never post your address or phone number.
  • Be careful of the information you provide on your answering machine, voicemail, or email signatures.