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How to prevent a break-in

By Colonnade Security Inc.

How to prevent a break-in
While thieves can be tricky, there are precautions you can take to prevent a break-in in your home. Here are some ways to avoid a break-in.

Install a home security system
The installation of a home security system will not only help secure your home, but it will also give you peace of mind when you are away. Many alarm systems include video cameras that allow you to see who is on your property at all times. We sell Interactive systems as well today. So not only can you control your security system, but many other things as well. Like, Lights, Locks, Garage doors, Thermostats, cameras and Door Cams.

Park your car in the driveway
Parking your car in the driveway is an indicator that you or someone is home. Burglars are hesitant to break in, for fear that they will encounter someone at a residence.

On vacation, consider asking your neighbour to park their vehicle in your driveway to deter any possible burglars.

Lock doors and windows
Locking your doors and windows provides an additional layer of protection when you are away from your home for any reason. If you leave a door unlocked or window cracked, you may be inviting a potential intruder – An easy target.

Gone are the days of leaving a door unlocked. Always secure doors and windows even when you are home. Being in the backyard and the front door open was something we all did years ago. But these days, someone could be in and out before you know it. A good practice is always to have your doors locked.

Install timers for your lights
Even if you are away from your home, putting your lights on timers can give the illusion that someone is home, which can deter an intruder from breaking in. Again an Interactive security system could do the for you.

Advertise your dog
Your dog can deter a burglar even if it’s harmless. A simple “beware of dog” sign can make a burglar second guess if they should break-in.


Be careful on social media
Social media can be a way for burglars to track you. Like advertising your location. Sitting at your favourite coffee shop, talking with a friend, and you post a selfy. Not only have you posted a photo or text, but you’ve also given a timestamp. More than enough information for a burglar to know how much time they have to clear your home.

On vacation, do not announce it to the world; wait until you arrive home to post photos. Be mindful of your social media use, especially when you are not home. These are the tools criminals use these days to profile someone, a mark. They use the information you freely provide on Facebook or Twitter to create a routine you follow.

Don’t let the mail build-up
Allowing your Amazon or other deliveries to pile up on your doorstep, a clear indicator that you have not been home for some time. Again, as mentioned earlier, leaving your doorstep deliveries will make your home an easy target. Could you arrange to have a neighbour collect it? Stop the home delivery of the paper if you still get one. These are all indicators that show you are not at home.

Hide ladders and tools
Don’t give burglars any accessories to break into your home. Hide or keep your tools in a safe place where no one can access them but you. Store your ladders in the garage or the basement. Do not store ladders in the shed.

I hope these tips help you with your home protection strategies. It is always better to be prepared than to realize you have been the victim of a burglary.

At Colonnade Security Inc.; we do not lease or rent alarm security systems. If you are considering a finance option, we are here for you. With over 35 years of security experience, give Colonnade Security Inc., in Ottawa a try.

For more information, you can call 613-839-1274 or email

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