At PROTECTION PLUS, we often share impor­tant home secu­ri­ty tips in our blog and across our web­site. These tips are designed to help home­own­ers pro­tect them­selves, their fam­i­lies and their homes from threats like bur­glary, intru­sion and fire.

But don’t just take our word for it.

In this post, we share what the author­i­ties say. Below, you’ll find some of the most impor­tant tips pro­vid­ed by police ser­vices across the Greater Toron­to Area. We encour­age all fam­i­lies to review these rec­om­men­da­tions regard­less of whether they cur­rent­ly use a home secu­ri­ty sys­tem or not.  

1) Strengthen your door security.

- Toron­to Police Ser­vice

In its guide to home secu­ri­ty, Toron­to Police pro­vide sev­er­al rec­om­men­da­tions for improv­ing door secu­ri­ty to make it more dif­fi­cult for crim­i­nals to break in. “Locks with key cylin­ders in the door­knob are not

reli­able and can be eas­i­ly forced,” police say. They rec­om­mend installing “a good qual­i­ty dead­bolt lock on the door and a secu­ri­ty strike plate on the door frame.” Addi­tion­al­ly, police say doors should be mount­ed so that the hinges and bolts are fac­ing the inside of the house. Replace old-fash­ioned chain locks with a wide-angle view­er. If you mis­place keys, you should change your locks.

2) Trim shrubs and hedges.

- Peel Region­al Police

Peel Region­al Police empha­size this impor­tant point, which is rec­om­mend­ed by every oth­er police depart­ment on this list: “Ensure that shrubs and hedges around your prop­er­ty are main­tained to have clear lines of sight to all acces­si­ble win­dows and doors.” This pre­vents crim­i­nals from hid­ing behind bush­es and break­ing inside with­out being spot­ted by neigh­bors.

3) Use timers on lights.

- Durham Region­al Police Ser­vice

To deter home inva­sion, Durham Region­al Police strong­ly rec­om­mend using “timers on lights inside the res­i­dence.” This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant if you’re going away, as it cre­ates the appear­ance that some­one is at home.

4) Don’t let mail gather.

- York Region­al Police 

York Region­al Police say that uncol­lect­ed mail, news­pa­pers and pack­ages are a mag­net for thieves. “Make sure your mail is col­lect­ed and not gath­er­ing on your porch,” says Detec­tive Sergeant Carl Mat­ti­nen of the Inte­grat­ed Prop­er­ty Crime Task Force. If you’re going away, have a neigh­bor or rel­a­tive col­lect these items for you, so that your home does­n’t look vacant. Sim­i­lar­ly, arrange to have your lawn cut or snow shov­eled.

5) Use security systems with alarm verification.

- Hamil­ton Police Ser­vice

Many Ontario police ser­vices require home­own­ers or their alarm com­pa­nies to ver­i­fy an alarm sig­nal before police can be dis­patched. Hamil­ton Police Ser­vice states: “In order to dis­patch police, alarm com­pa­nies or an alarm user must ver­i­fy that a crim­i­nal offence has/is occur­ring or there is an immi­nent threat to per­son­al safe­ty.” Alarms must be ver­i­fied by video/audio, such as with our ALARM‑i video alarm ver­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, or by “mul­ti­ple alarm acti­va­tion points,” such as sep­a­rate door/window sen­sors.

6) Keep outdoor valuables secure and out of sight.

- Hal­ton Region­al Police Ser­vice

“High-val­ue items such as lawn­mow­ers, snow­blow­ers and gas bar­be­cues should be stored out of sight when not in use,” says the Hal­ton Region­al Police Ser­vice. These items should be stored inside garages, sheds or oth­er struc­tures, so that they do not attract thieves. Addi­tion­al­ly, be sure that those struc­tures remain closed and locked in addi­tion to your home­’s doors and win­dows. 

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Mike Wedmann
Mike Wedmann is an experienced Security Industry Professional with over 25 years experience as a Security Integrator and Project Manager. Mike has been with Protection Plus Inc. for over 20 years. Mike has lived in the greater Toronto area for over 25 years with his wife, 2 kids and a dog named Bart. He has an educational background in Communications and writing. Mike is a published author that writes about his experiences on various topics, including his experience as a parent. Primarily Mike writes about Security Industry products and Security Solutions that benefit consumers.