Feeling Neighbourly? - April 21st 2011
Spring has sprung and your garden beckons. Go ahead and dig in. Gardening is a great way to meet your neighbours.
You'll soon appreciate the extra sets of eyes and ears to help protect your home. Did you know belonging to Block Watch can reduce break-ins in your neighbourhood by 40 per cent?
Of course, even the nosiest neighbour can't monitor your home 24/7, so it's important to install an alarm and set it every time you go out.
Like most of us, burglars prefer easy jobs. They target houses with no alarms, and easy ground-floor access. Why not walk through an open patio door? Then again, climbing a tree or trellis isn't much of a stretch to reach an unlocked upstairs window. You could be even more accommodating and leave a ladder lying around. If you don't want to shutter up the house in the summer, consider adding security bars to windows that are not fire exits.
Even locked windows, however, can offer a great view of your belongings. Jewellery on a bedroom dresser or a laptop in the front lobby may be too tempting for a thief to pass up.
The vast majority of burglars don't like company while they work. So, if you're going on a trip - to the mall or to Barbados - make your house looks occupied. Timers can turn your lights on and off at slightly different times each day. A radio or TV can make it sound like you're home.
If you'll be gone for awhile, it really helps to have your new best friend, your neighbour, mow your lawn, collect mail, and generally watch out for suspicious activity. So, maybe it's time you borrowed a cup of sugar!
We have Home Security members that are a part of our Home Service Referral Network.