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May 11th - Ottawa Police Service reminds homeowners of some break and enter prevention tips

As the weather warms up and we look forward to opening our windows and enjoying the fresh air, the Break and Enter Section would like to remind you of some safety practices to reduce the risk of a break-in.

“In Spring and summer, we tend to be in and out of the house a lot, have windows open and spend time in our backyards,” says Sergeant James Ritchie with the Break and Enter Section. “That usually means doors are left unlocked and windows are open, making you a target of opportunity for would-be thieves.”

  • Keep your doors locked, even when you are home, to prevent undetected entry while inside or out in the yard.

  • Ensure ground floor windows are closed and locked before leaving the house or going to sleep at night.

  • Purses, wallets, and vehicle keys should be stored away from entry doors and windows.

  • Keep vehicles locked and garage door openers out of sight.

  • Install motion detector exterior lighting.

  • Keep garages and sheds locked when not in use.

  • Jewelry, passports, and other valuables should be stored in a safe or safety deposit box.

  • Keep an eye out for suspicious persons in your neighbourhood and report it to police immediately.

“Don’t wait to call police, even if you think it’s minor,” says Sergeant Ritchie. “One of our Police Communicators can assess and determine how to respond. Your call could prevent someone else from becoming a victim.”

If you’re going away, advises Sgt Ritchie, don’t advertise no one’s home. “Don’t announce your vacation plans on social media and delay posting photographs until you are back home.”

He also suggests having your grass cut, placing lights on a timer and suspending delivery of mail and newspapers. “Keep a car in the driveway. If not your own, have a neighbour park there while you are away. It’s a great deterrent.”

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