While it may be difficult to imagine it happening to you, home break-ins are a common occurrence. In the past 6 months there were approximately 959 incidents of breaking and entering in Ottawa.
If an intruder enters your home, your property and the well-being of your loved ones are at risk. In order to protect your home and family from intruders, consider doing the following:
- Put an emergency plan in place and discuss it with everyone in your household
- Never post on social media that you will be away and wait until you return home to post photos from vacations. When on vacation, arrange to have your home appear lived-in by having someone shoveling the driveway, collect the mail, setting lights on timers, etc.
- Take any measure possible to let the intruder know someone is home and aware of his or her presence
- Do not assume the intrude is unarmed. He or she may be concealing a knife or gun and could produce ti at a moment’s notice
- If you have something immediately available you can use for defence, grab it, even if it is just a scare tactic.
- Remain vigilant. Take note of the intruder’s physical characteristics and provide the most accurate description possible to the police if he or she gets away
In addition to the above, consider arming your home with a security system. A security system may seem expensive, but knowing your family and possessions are safe at all times may make it worth the cost.