Home should always feel like a safe place for you, your family and your friends. To keep it safe and secure, there are a number of things you need to know. On the safety front, the City of Ottawa offers excellent tips, including:
Equally important is keeping your home secure and ensuring that it is not a target for burglars. The Ottawa Police Service website offers tips on crime prevention at home and on buying alarm systems.
The Ministry of Justice of Ontario has a valuable Home Security Audit Guide that offers guidance to help you learn about the precautions you should take to reduce the risk of burglary around your home. It offers inexpensive and do-it-yourself suggestions that will help make your home safer.
Neighbours watching out for neighbours is often an excellent way of keeping homes on your street safe. Join your local Neighbourhood Watch, or if your community does not have one, start your own Neighbourhood Watch program.
Home security inspection
The Ottawa Police Service offers a home security inspection program for homeowners who want to learn more about reducing the likelihood that their home will become the target of crime. Contact your local Community Police Centre to set up your appointment.
The OPS security inspection is based on a checklist that you can use at home to evaluate the security of your house, apartment, condo or unit.
Home alone training
Do you ever leave your child, aged 9 to 13, home alone? If so, consider home alone training to teach him/her important techniques to handle potentially dangerous situations in your home. A number of community organizations offer home alone training, including the Ottawa Safety Council and Menard Safety.