As the days grow shorter, it may be worth considering ways to improve security in your home and community. A great way to do this is by increasing awareness, and keeping communication open between you, your neighbours, and the police.
Community members that look out for one another contribute to a safer atmosphere in and around their homes. These relationships help you get to know the schedules of your neighbours, so that you will notice if something is amiss. Please report any suspicious behaviour to the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or call 911 for a crime in progress.
Some tips for home and garage break-in prevention:
- Keep your doors locked, even when you’re home. Ensure your garage doors and windows are also closed and locked.
- Install exterior motion lights to brighten dark areas around doors or windows, to make them easily seen by neighbours and passersby.
- Always close and lock any windows that could be used to gain access to your home while you’re away or sleeping, even on hot summer nights.
- Store important or irreplaceable documents and items away from your home, such as in a safety deposit box.
- If you see homes with open doors, front doors with keys left in the locks or a neighbour’s car with the truck left open, give them a quick call to let them know.
- Consider installing home and vehicle alarm systems and vehicle anti-theft devices.
Garages are a favourite target for burglars — they contain valuable items such as vehicles, garden tools and bicycles, and they’re often left open and unattended. The Calgary Police Service suggests these simple tips to help prevent thefts from garages:
- Protect your valuables: Put curtains or blinds up to cover any windows in the garage, so thieves can't look for items to steal, or see if your vehicle is there.
- Make it secure: The person-door between your house and attached garage should swing inward into the garage, be solid core, and have a deadbolt lock. The same goes for other exterior person-doors on your garage.
- Don’t give thieves an open invitation: Keep your overhead door closed and your other garage doors locked, even when you are at home — this includes the door between your home and an attached garage.
- Check your locks: Secure your person-doors with deadbolts (which need to be operated from the outside with a key).
- Make it bright: Install lights near your garage to keep the area around doors and windows lit: These can be motion sensor or photo (light) sensitive, so that they turn on automatically when someone walks past or when the sun sets.
- Put up a number: Put your house number on your garage, especially if it opens up into a back alley. This helps emergency personnel to identify which house is yours.
- Keep records: Catalogue your garage’s contents, including serial numbers of valuable items and vehicle identification numbers. Taking photographs, videos or digital recordings of contents can also help police and your insurance company if there’s a break-in, fire, or flood.
- Double-check: Never drive away without checking that your overhead garage door is down.
You are the eyes and ears of the community. If you see or hear of suspicious behaviour, don’t hesitate to call the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or 911 for a crime in progress. For anonymous tips, contact CrimeStoppers using any of the following methods:
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