I read a sta­tis­tic today from the Insur­ance Bureau of Cana­da indi­cat­ing there is a res­i­den­tial break-in every 90 sec­onds in Cana­da.  I find that a rather sober­ing sta­tis­tic.  The ques­tion we need to ask is how to pre­vent becom­ing 1 of those sta­tis­tics. There are many tips for crime pre­ven­tion. Per­haps an obvi­ous but often over­looked pre­ven­tion tool is Secu­ri­ty Light­ing.

Light­ing is one of the most cost-effec­tive deter­rents to bur­glary. Indoor light­ing gives the impres­sion that a home is occu­pied. If you are going to be away from your home, con­sid­er using auto­mat­ic timers to switch inte­ri­or lights on and off at pre­set times.

Out­door light­ing can elim­i­nate hid­ing places. Install exte­ri­or light­ing near porch­es, rear and side door­ways, garage doors, and all oth­er points of entry. Entry­ways to your home always should be well light­ed. Place lights out of reach from the ground so the bulbs can­not be removed or bro­ken. Aim some lights away from the house so you can see if any­one is approach­ing, or install motion-sens­ing lights, which turn on auto­mat­i­cal­ly as some­one approach­es.

If you are con­cerned about the cost of run­ning lights, you are not alone. Switch­ing to new­er ener­gy sav­ing LED or Flo­res­cent lights will save you sig­nif­i­cant costs on your elec­tric­i­ty bill, and the lifes­pan is impres­sive. The bot­tom line is that a few dol­lars in elec­tric­i­ty can buy you great val­ue in home pro­tec­tion.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.