• Keep your doors locked, even when you’re home.
  • Re-key your locks after you move in.
  • Exterior doors should be solid core hardwood or metal covered.
  • Install quality, 1 deadbolts on all exterior doors.
  • Reinforce strike plates with 3 screws that pass through the door frame and into the wall stud.
  • If you have a door with glass, ensure that the glass is shatter resistant.
  • Ensure your door fits snugly in your door jam (within 1/4 inch).
  • Fasten patio door bars into the frame and the door.
  • Insert screws into the top track of your patio door to prevent it from being lifted up and removed.
  • Don’t open your door to someone you don’t know. Speak through the door.


  • Make sure your garage door closes tightly.
  • Chose automatic garage door openers that use a rolling code system to prevent code grabbing.
  • If your garage door is not equipped with an electronic opener, install heavy duty padlocks on both sides of the door.
  • Ensure you have a deadbolt on the door from the garage into the house.
  • Consider installing window security bars and window coverings on your garage windows.
  • Never leave your garage door opener in your vehicle.
  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle, even if it’s parked in your garage.


  • Fit basement and ground floor windows with security bars, security pins or security latches.
  • Ensure basement and ground floor windows are shatter resistant.
  • Put window coverings on windows to prevent outsiders from seeing in.
  • Display decals on accessible windows to alert potential intruders that you have security measures in place (e.g. that you have a home alarm system and/or are an active Block Watch member).

Alarm System

  • Consider installing an alarm system in your home.
  • Arm your alarm system if you are going in the backyard.
  • Install sensors on every door and window.
  • Display decals on accessible windows and doors stating that the house is protected by an alarm system.
  • Advise your neighbors to call the police if your alarm goes off while you are away.


  • Stop all regular deliveries (newspapers, mail, etc.).
  • Leave your shades and blinds in their normal positions.
  • Set timers on lights and a radio.
  • Test your smoke and burglar alarms.
  • Turn the ringer on your telephone down low.
  • Unplug or lock your overhead garage door to prevent entry.
  • Ask someone to take care of your yard.
  • Get Canada Post to hold your mail or ask someone to pick it up for you daily.
  • Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your place. Give them a phone number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
  • Ask your neighbor to park in your driveway so it appears someone is home.
  • Keep a list of all valuable property, credit cards and serial numbers in a safe place.
  • Engrave valuable property with your driver’s license or BC ID number.

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