Burglary Prevention from Halton Regional Police

If burglars are certain that no one is at home, they will feel safer committing a crime. Suspects will often target houses where the lawn has not been cut or the snow hasn't been cleared, houses that are completely dark, or houses that have left the same lights on for too long. To reduce the possibility of a break and enter, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) recommends the following burglary prevention tips.

At Home or Work

  • Install secure locks on all doors and windows.
  • Lock your garage and man door at all times.
  • Consider installing a security system.
  • Change locks if keys have been lost or stolen.
  • When moving, change all of the locks.
  • High value items such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, and gas barbecues should be stored out of sight when not in use.
  • Garden sheds and cabanas should also be locked.
  • Keep a record of serial numbers and descriptions of your household possessions.
  • Inscribe your possessions with your name or other easily identifiable markings so that police can confirm them as yours and return them to you.
  • Doors should have sturdy frames, with hinges that cannot be removed.

While on Vacation

  • Make sure your garage, windows, and doors are locked.
  • Use automatic timers that turn lights on and off to give your home the appearance of being occupied.
  • Have a neighbour pick up packages and mail, or discontinue all deliveries.
  • Arrange to have your lawn cut or snow shoveled.
  • Leave your travel schedule and phone number with a trusted neighbour or relative so that you may be contacted if necessary.
  • Also provide that neighbour with the phone number of a close relative or friend in case of emergencies.
  • Leave a door key and alarm system (if you have one) pass code with a neighbour.
  • Let close neighbours know how long you will be gone and provide details about any persons who will be visiting your home during your absence.
  • If you have a second car, leave it in your driveway or arrange to have a neighbour park their car in your driveway.
  • Review your insurance before you leave. You may not be covered if your home has not been visited while you are away on vacation.
  • Consider a house sitter or home watch.

HRPS Project Safeguard

Did you know that you can request a home security inspection conducted by a member of the HRPS Auxiliary Policing Unit? Visit our home security inspections page for more information.