“I’ve seen a lot of break-ins,” says Inspector Chris Rheaume, who’s in charge of the downtown core district for the Ottawa Police Services. “A lot of times, these break-ins were preventable.”
The good news is that it’s not that complicated to create a line of defense that extends beyond your front door. “It’s a matter of using common sense,” he says. Here are three areas to focus on.
To start, you want to make your home the least attractive house on the block — to a thief, that is. Inspector Rheaume explains how to do that:
“Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to stop all thieves — especially if they have time to get in — but you can make it harder for them,” he says. “And that could save you from being robbed.”
“People are surprised to hear that most break-ins are an easy in-and-out for thieves,” explains Inspector Rheaume. “Thieves are more likely to come in and walk away with one item that they can pawn for fast money. It’s actually not very common for a thief to have time to ransack a home.”
Last, Inspector Rheaume recommends that you turn to your local police department for help. Some (like the Ottawa Police Services) offer crime prevention services that include home security inspections and tips for the community they serve. Search for your city or town police service website and take advantage of what they offer.
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