Ridge Meadows RCMP are asking homeowners to beef up their home security. According to police, there has been an increase in the number of breakins in the community but not in any one neighbourhood in particular.
Police say to keep doors locked at all times, and warn people not to leave packaging in carport that shows one has bought a new TV, laptop, or other objects thieves might want to steal. Police also recommend making sure alarms are set and no ladders or tools are left handy to help thieves break in.
“Keep your doors locked even though you may just be in your back yard,” said Ridge Meadows RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop. “It doesn’t take long for a thief to slip into and out of your home.”
Vehicles should also always be locked even if they’re parked in the carport or driveway.
If on vacation, homeowners should ask someone to shovel and mow while they’re away.
“It’s ideal to have someone you trust, house-sit for you so your home is still lived in while you are away,” Dunlop said. “If this is not possible make sure your home looks lived in.”
Timers on indoor lights and tamper-proof, motion-sensor lights around the perimeter of your home can also be used for security.
“Lighting is the most effective crime prevention tool since criminals do not want to be seen,” Dunlop said.
Police also recommend keeping vacation plans off social networking sites like Facebook.
House numbers should be visible so that emergency crews can find one’s house easily in case of an emergency.
A door viewer allows a resident to see who is at the door before they open it.