Prevention tips

Theft and vandalism

Doors and windows

  • Exterior doors should be solid, made of wood and metal clad.
  • It's preferable to install a peep hole rather than a chain lock.
  • It's preferable to have 2.54 cm or (1") deadbolt locks on exterior doors.
  • To prevent sliding doors from being lifted up, slid along or removed from their tracks, they should be equipped with:
    • A security plate and/or screw in the upper track;
    • A metal security bar or piece of wood in the lower track (removable to provide an exit in an emergency).
  • Windows should be equipped with a locking device.
  • Sliding windows must have:
    • A screw fastened into the upper track;
    • A security bar or piece of wood in the lower track (removable to provide an exit in an emergency).

Garage and tool-shed

  • Install an appropriate lock on garage doors.
  • Never leave the garage door open while you're away.
  • Where applicable, the inside door connecting the garage to the house should be equipped with a deadbolt.
  • The tool-shed should have adequate locks.
  • The tool-shed and garage should be made of a rigid material or protected with security bars, curtains or blinds to prevent someone from looking in.

Find out more

  • The insurance claim process following a theft or act of vandalism.

* Source: Savoir prévenir web site (www.savoirprevenir.com) of the ministère de la Sécurité publique (MSP) and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)