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How to Avoid a Break-in

Our home is meant to be our sanctuary away from the world, where we can be at peace and feel safe. Anyone who has experienced a burglary knows how that feeling can get stripped from you. The psychological impact is greater than any replaceable material object. However, there are preventative steps you can take to avoid a break-in.

Burglary Facts:

  • Most burglaries occur between the hours of 10 am to 3 pm, when you’re most likely to be away.
  • One-third of burglaries involve the intruder walking in through an unlocked door, while half of burglars break in through the back door or a window. 
  • Burglars tend to watch their victims and study their day-to-day routines.  
  • 60% of victims know the perpetrator in some capacity. 
  • A proportion of intruders are likely to return to burglarize a home if no other preventative measures are taken. They are familiar with the home’s layout and know your routine.

Tips on how to avoid a break-in:

  1. Make sure to lock all your doors and close your windows, even when you are inside. If you or a family member tend to easily lose or misplace keys you should invest in a keyless entry system. They are easy to install and add an extra layer of convenience and security to your property. Contact your local Calgary ReKey locksmith for advice on which system works best for your home. 
  2. Avoid hiding spare keys in obvious places. The first-place burglars look for a spare key is under the doormat or in a nearby plant pot. If you were to hide a key, it’s best to keep it in a secure place in your wallet or even with a trusted neighbour or family member.  Alternatively, you can ditch the key and go keyless
  3. Watch what you throw away, your driveway is an advertisement. Due to the large size of electronics boxes, we often throw our flatscreen tv packaging on the curbside or in the back-alley way to be thrown out. You are essentially advertising what valuables you have inside. It’s best to collapse the box or cut it into smaller portions and conceal it in a black trash bag or in the trash bin. It is also important to keep your valuables out of sight. All it takes is a peek into your window to find out what expensive electronics you possess. Besides cash, electronics are among the most commonly burglarized items, so make sure your blinds are shut or your cash is hidden.
  4. Make your home look lived in. Burglars are less likely to invade a home with occupants. If you are away on vacation avoid posting videos or pictures on social media. Either post it when you are back home or limit it to your trusted circle of friends and loved ones. Get your neighbour to empty your mailbox or even offer them free parking on your driveway. If you have lights with a self-timer, use it! Any indication that your home is occupied is good. If you have pets or plants that need watering get a friend or relative to housesit. Their presence is beneficial to the overall security of your home.
  5. Look into different security systems. This can be in the form of a security camera, a barking dog, motion-detecting lights or asking your neighbour to keep a lookout on your property. Burglars are less likely to invade a home with added security features. Investing in a high-security lock is a great way to deter thieves. Calgary ReKey’s high-security locks are designed to be pick-resistant, drill-resistant, and bump-proof. Our expert locksmiths can help you find the perfect fit for your home. These locks are specially designed to keep you safe and give you peace of mind. 

Preventative measures are always wise when it comes to protecting our belongings and giving us a better sense of security. Our expert Calgary locksmiths at Calgary ReKey will be more than happy to guide you in finding what would best for your home. Contact us online or call us at (403) 202-7656.