In Canada, a burglary occurs about every three minutes and it usually happens to those who are the least prepared.
Although no security system is 100 per cent effective, there are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk. Burglary is not a sophisticated crime - it is a crime of opportunity. Burglars do not choose victims - they choose opportunities.
To reduce your risk, first assess your vulnerability. This can be achieved by accessing our security check list which will highlight the areas of security which could be improved around your home. To assist in the recovery of stolen or lost items, all of your valuables should be marked for identification with your B.C. drivers' license number. This aids in the fast recovery and identification of stolen property.
It is a good idea to go through this checklist twice, once during the day and again at night. Assessing your home's security is the first step in crime prevention. If you answered NO to any of the questions, your home security may have a weak link that a burglar may exploit.
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Sensible, affordable steps to greater peace of mind
- Ensure that your second-storey windows cannot be reached by a burglar using such things as the garage roof, TV tower, ladder or tree limbs;
- Make sure tools and ladders are kept where they cannot be used by a burglar;
- Install locks on interior doors leading to areas such as garages, solariums and basements;
- Always keep your garage door locked;
- Try to make your house look occupied when you are away;
- Know your neighbours' phone numbers and inform each other of your travels;
- Keep police and emergency phone numbers posted near your phone;
- Mark all of your valuables for identification, hold adequate property insurance, and store them securely. Important documents and some valuables should be stored in safety deposit boxes;
- Inform family members about your security precautions and make sure they practise good security habits;
- Consider a home security system; and
- Join the Block Watch Program.
Protect your valuables
- Engrave your B.C. Driver's licence number on a non-removable part of each item of value in your home.
- Many times we have been asked why don't we engrave our Social Insurance number onto valuables? The answer is Saanich Police can obtain your identification through your Drivers' Licence number in a matter of minutes, where your Social Insurance number may take days, even weeks.
- Keep a record of all items you mark on your household inventory card;
- Engrave your property in two places;
- Photograph or video tape items you do not want to mark; and
Why Engrave Your Valuables?