Home Owners In Brampton – According to a CBC report from June 28th, 2016, the number of residential break-ins in Brampton nearly doubled in the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of 2015.
Even though Brampton is a safe city for the Home Owners in Brampton, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on your home security. Here are a few fast ideas that won’t cost you a lot.
Learn about your neighbours.
Areas with a close-knit community have a much lower rate of break-ins. Suddenly, that nosy neighbour appears to be a good thing!
Make an effort to be a good neighbour.
If you notice anything unusual in your neighbourhood, please report it. Is your car’s alarm going off? Examine it out. You don’t have to be best friends to contribute to the safety of your Brampton neighbourhood. You could also participate in or start a Neighbourhood Watch.
Get yourself a dog.
Most dogs, big or small, friendly or fierce, bark when they hear someone at the door or strange noise. A barking dog can serve as a deterrent while also alerting you and/or your neighbours to the fact that something is wrong. If a thief hears a dog barking (even if your dog has more bark than bite!) he may reconsider breaking into a home. As an added bonus, you’ll have a friend for life!
Make it appear as if someone is at home.
Set timers for your lights and/or motion detectors, and leave the radio on.
Consider security needs when landscaping, and address any areas where an intruder could gain easier access.
Trees near windows or shrubbery that may obstruct a burglar’s view can be major flaws in your home security plan. Consider your landscaping strategy in light of your security requirements.
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If you’re going on vacation, don’t leave any signs of your absence.
Notify (trusted) neighbours and request that they keep an eye on your property. Depending on the season, have someone pick up your mail, mow your lawn, or shovel your walkway.
When you’re not at home or at night, close your blinds and keep the first floor and basement windows locked.
While this may seem overly paranoid, thieves are looking for valuables, and you may unknowingly be making your home a target.
Secure your sliding doors with security bars.
Security bars, or even a piece of wood cut to size, can be a very inexpensive way to improve security on hinged and sliding doors for about $25 each.
Do you have a security system? GO AHEAD AND TURN IT ON! Putting up security company stickers and signs around your home may serve as a deterrent, but if you truly want to avoid a break-in, you must activate your security system every time you leave the house. Many home security systems integrate with your smartphone, so you can turn it on when you get to work even if you’re rushing out the door in the morning. This is also important in terms of the insurance. If you are thinking about installing a security system, talk to your home insurance company first because the cost may be offset by a lower home insurance rate, saving you money and giving you peace of mind that your home is safe.
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