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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME
Prioritized Security Tips to Prevent Burglary and Home Invasion Robbery

This online guide is dedicated to provide you, the busy homeowner, with practically everything you need to know to quickly begin protecting your home and family from break-ins & violent intruders.

This is the result of over 2 years of research, compiling key information from Police agencies, governments, academic studies and security experts. Some product and service solutions are also included. In most cases, these were tested and purchased so we believe in them enough to recommend them here to save you time.

All this information was originally gathered and used to help family, then shared with our Neighbourhood Watch Group and is now shared here for public benefit to help you make fact-based decisions for your family.  

We hope you find this site useful and wish you good safety & peace of mind!

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-A Neighbourhood Watch Leader in the Greater Toronto Area

I.
CANADIAN CRIME RATES

A Real Threat

A Few Highlights

  • 1 in 28 households are burglarized in Canada and the risk is higher for single-family homes
  • 8% of burlgary victims suffer from long-term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • All residential neighbourhoods are being hit 'trick or treat' style across the country

II.
RISK ANALYSIS

Know Your Enemy

A Few Highlights

  • A burglar's common method of operating: observe, check if you are out, forcefully break in through a door or window in the daytime, rob & leave within minutes before the police arrive.
  • Burglars exploit our most significant and common weaknesses: 

1. Weak regular doors and windows

2. Insufficient detection & reporting of suspicious people

3. Relying solely on a basic alarm system

4. Obscured view of doors & windows

5. Ability to determine if you are away

  • Crime factors that you can control: harden the target (your house), reduce target attractiveness and reduce opportunities in your neighbourhood for burglary and home invasion. 

III.
HOW TO IMPROVE HOME SECURITY

A Prioritized List

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It is most effective when you take a layered multi-pronged approach and implement as many of these tips as possible.
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Target Hardening

Make it physically difficult to break into your house.

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Opportunity Reduction

Make the neighbourhood unfriendly to intruders.

LEGEND

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