According to statistics, there are over a million property crimes that happen each year in Canada. The good news is that there are things that property owners can do to minimize the risk of becoming a crime victim.
One of the best ways to prevent vandalism and other crimes is to simply keep your property in good repair. This is because statistics show that properties in good repair are less likely to be vandalized.
Here are some other tips to help keep your property safe from vandalism and other forms of crime:
- Outside lighting is very important. Pay attention to areas like the doorway, the windows and other entryways.
- Installing good quality doors is also very important. Experts suggest installing doors so that they open outwards. This makes it more difficult for burglars to pry them open or kick the door in. For the highest level of safety, consider installing doors without glass or windows. If you want a door with glass windows, make sure that the glass is wired or that it has protective film over the glass.
- Keep trees, shrubs, and other vegetation trimmed regularly. This will make it more difficult for burglars to hide or conceal their entry. It will also make it easier for neighbors or others to spot strangers on the property.
According to criminals, thieves decide to target a property for several reasons. Here are a few of them:
- The home is not occupied or the homeowners are frequently away. Signs of this are mail and newspapers piling up and lights that are either on all the time or off all the time.
- Burglars also scout for homes where they can enter without being seen. Tall hedges or other such shrubbery can actually increase your chances of becoming a crime victim.
- Use a bar to keep sliding glass doors securely shut and lock doors when you are not home.
- Burglars think twice before breaking into a home with alarm company signs. For this reason, getting an alarm system service, or purchasing signs may be very beneficial.
- Dogs can also discourage burglars from trying to break into your home. According to statistics, this is true whether the dog is a large breed, or just a small breed dog. The reality is that if you have a dog, you may find that your house is safer. Some people put up “beware of dog” signs even if they do not have a dog. This also may help.
- Be careful about what you throw away. If you purchase a new appliance, take care when discarding the box. If burglars can see the box for your new large screen television in the trash, they may consider breaking into your home.
- Install security cameras outside your home in visible places. Even if your security cameras are not working, they still may work to prevent criminals from destroying your property or breaking into your home.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot of work to make your home safe, it just takes some planning and preparation.