If you happen to be one of the lucky Leasiders jetting off for March break, make sure you take some time before you go to ensure your home and belongings are safe.
March break is prime time for break-ins, with so many homes in the area left vacant. Toronto Police Services has some excellent information to help you keep your home safe and secure:
Inform your neighbours you are going away and provide them with your departure and return dates.
Cancel or redirect your mail and newspaper deliveries, or have a neighbour/friend come to collect on a daily basis.
Arrange to have your walkways shoveled if it snows. Nothing says ‘I’m not home’ like a driveway that hasn’t been cleared.
Use timers to activate lights at various intervals in your home. For example, at 7 p.m. ensure the lights are on at the main floor. By 10 p.m. the lights on the main floor can turn off and the lights on the second floor can turn on.
For more from the Toronto Police Service go to: www.torontopolice.on.ca
There are several other things you can easily do to keep your home secure:
Don’t post to social media sites that aren’t private that you are away on a fabulous holiday. That’s a huge red flag to a vacant home.
Close your blinds and curtains and don’t leave valuables like computers close to windows where they can be seen.
Don’t hide keys outdoors. Burglars know all the popular spots. Under the urn or “Welcome” mat might seem like a good idea, but it’s much better to leave spare keys with a trusted friend or neighbour.
Consider a home alarm system if you don’t already have one.
Taking these steps will ensure you have peace of mind while away on holiday.