Protect your home

With warmer weather comes the desire to get out of the house more. Whether it’s weekends at the cottage, on the road in your RV or visits with family and friends, it’s important to ensure your house is safe and secure while you are away. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • If you’ve just moved into a new home or condo or if you’ve recently lost your house keys, change your locks immediately.
  • Installing peepholes allow you to see who is at the door before you open it.
  • Deadbolts are far more effective than doorknob locks.
  • Ensure the outside of your home has good lighting. A motion detector light is a good buy — and don’t forget the backyard. A well-lit house will deter burglars who may be more easily detected approaching.
  • Trim trees and shrubs around doors and windows, which may provide coverage for someone who is trying to break in to your home.
  • Sliding glass basement windows are an easy target. Consider replacing them with polycarbonate windows or installing security bars specifically made for basement windows.
  • Ask a trusted neighbour or friend to pick up your mail, newspapers and flyers if you’ll be away f a while. And consider having your lawn cut while you are away too. The accumulation of mail and an uncut lawn are sure signs that no one is home.
  • An investment in a home security system is an excellent deterrent and provides good peace of mind.