A home invasion makes us feel violated after someone breaks into your home and steals your personal belongings. Sentimental items, valuable items are a just a few things that can be taken in an instant and may never be recovered. The costly repairs that have to be done to replace broken windows or doors adds to the emotional impact of recovering from a theft.
Break-ins sometimes occur because we simply left a window or door unlocked therefore gaining easy access. Other times criminals will force their way in through an entrance somewhere in the home. Robberies happen either during the day when it is most likely nobody will be at home as the homeowners are at work. Break and enters can also happen at night while the victims are asleep.
Once inside a home, someone can steal your car/house keys, purse or wallet, money that you may have sitting somewhere, jewellery, computers, electronic devices, cellphones, documents, pictures, etc. Nothing is off limits to thieves, whatever they feel is valuable they will take it.
So what can you do to prevent yourself from being a victim of a break and enter? Prevention! Here a few suggestions as what you can do to lessen your chance of becoming a victim of a break and enter:
- Lock your doors when you are at home even during the day. Before you go to bed check to make sure your garage door is closed and also make sure your front door is locked and any other doors that lead outside are also locked.
- Do not widely publicize your whereabouts especially on the internet and on social media like Facebook or Twitter. Criminals lurk about on the internet looking for potential victims and if they know you and where you live, guess what, you may come home to find a trashed house and missing items.
- If you are going to go away on vacation, let a neighbour know and ask if they can collect your mail and newspapers so that your mailbox isn’t stuffed. Ask also if they can check around your home from time to time while your away so that if something happened they can report it to the police immediately. Also buy timers that will set lights around your home on and off at certain times to make it look like someone is home.
- Have a security audit done on your home. Many police boards offer this type or service or you can have a security company come in as well. They can give you a report with suggestions that can help make your home more secure and deter thieves from trying to break into your home.
Advice from Hamilton Police Service on how you can improve the security in and around your home:
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services of Ontario Home Security Audit Guide: