Secure Your Door:
- Install a good quality deadbolt lock.
- All door hinges should be accessible from the interior of the home only.
- Most doors are installed with screws less than one inch in length. Door kick break-ins are common, so door screws should be at least 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches long.
- Ensure your door is equipped with non-removable hinge pins.
Secure Your Windows:
- Sliding doors and windows can be "lifted" out of the tracks with relative ease. Install screws or a blocking device above the sliding door or window to prevent it from being lifted off the tracks.
- Install a snug piece of wood in the track of sliding patio doors.
- Avoid hiding a key to your residence outside.
- Consider turning on lights or using timers for when you are away so it appears someone is home.
- Keep bushes and landscaping trimmed to allow for neighbours and pedestrians to easily see if something is out of the ordinary, while eliminating places for thieves to hide.
- Never leave notes on your door advising you are not home (for delivery companies).
- Report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood to police.
- Get to know your neighbours in the event you need a trusted person to help you or watch over your house while you are away.
- Keep your yard well illuminated.
- Consider purchasing video surveillance equipment to help monitor your property.
Apartment Building/Condominium Safety:
As a tenant:
- Do not permit someone you don't know enter the building.
- Never leave an external door propped open.
- Put only your first initial on the directory.
- Get to know your neighbours.
- Use building facilities during active times.
- Report suspicious activity.
As a landlord:
- Post signs near the main doors; on the outside: "We cannot open the door to strangers." On the inside: "Do not open the door to strangers."
- Facilitate introductions for new residents.
- Keep the property well maintained with working lights and well lit areas.
- Start a Neighbourhood Watch program.
Safety in underground parking lots
- Be aware if someone follows you into the underground parking area.
- Always check for suspicious people or vehicles before entering the garage or leaving your vehicle. If you see something suspicious notify security or police.
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
- Always lock your vehicle.
- Check your vehicle before you get in.
- Once inside your vehicle, lock the doors.
- Observe passengers in the elevator. If you do not feel comfortable, wait for the next one.
- If possible, be the last to enter the elevator and be the last to indicate your floor.
- Stand with your back to the sidewall, near the control panel.
- If attacked, press as many floor buttons as possible.
- If someone suspicious enters the elevator, exit immediately.
Safety in laundry rooms or other shared spaces
- Time your trips during active periods when others are present or use the buddy system.
- If you must go alone, tell someone where you'll be.
- Look into the room before entering it.
- Report suspicious activity to security or police.