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Discussing Community Safety

Keep your home safe while enjoying summer break

Lifestyle by Constable Andy Buck (From GayCalgary® Magazine, April 2015, page 17)

Hello again everyone. I hope that you are well and looking forward to spring and summer, and all the events that come with that. I know that I am, although it is starting to get extremely busy as we look to get our CPS entry coordinated for Pride Parade. It is still five months away, but that time will pass very quickly, and I want to ensure that our entry is our biggest and best yet!

With the better weather and longer days I appreciate that people may want to be out and about, away from their homes for extended periods of time. That, in turn, could leave a homeowner vulnerable to burglary, so this month I wanted to give some advice accordingly.

Most burglaries (also called breaking and entering or B&Es) can be prevented with good locks, a few tools and some simple precautions. While no home can ever be made completely burglar-proof, people do not need to live with undue fear. Everyone can take practical and effective steps to make their homes more secure.

If your home is broken into:

• Do not enter the house in case the burglar is still there. Use a telephone to call 911 and watch your home until the police arrive.

• Do not touch anything until the police have finished checking your home.

• Provide police with a list of serial numbers of missing items so that they can return your property when it is located.

Neighbourhood safety tips:

Your neighbourhood is your first line of defence; burglars don’t like watchful neighbours who are collectively interested in the security of their neighbourhoods. Look at your yard and neighbourhood from a burglar’s point of view – these tips may help.

• Trim trees and bushes that could hide burglars.

• Look at any trees growing near your home. Could they be climbed to gain entry to any upstairs windows?

• Keep your yard maintained to give the home a ‘lived-in’ look.

• Install outside lights to brighten dark areas around doors and windows.

• Make sure that your address is visible to emergency personnel, even at night.

Home safety tips:

• Outside doors and frames should be made of solid wood or steel, which are harder to force open than hollow-core doors.

• Frames in outside doors should fit snugly (within a ¼ inch) against the door.

• Secure all outside doors with deadbolt locks.

• Install a peephole viewer on the entrance door.

Incidents of burglary are invariably crimes of opportunity. By following these simple tips you can dramatically reduce the risk of becoming a victim of this crime.

As always, stay safe and look out for each other. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns. I will talk to you again next month.


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