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Means to prevent theft by breaking and entering

Contrary to what many people believe, most thefts occur during daylight hours. In spite of this, certain simple actions can help secure your home.

Prevention measures:

  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times, whether you are at home or not.
  • Ensure that the entrance door to your housing building is locked and that the intercom system is operational (if not, speak to your landlord to have the situation corrected).
  • Install a peep hole to allow you to identify the person who is knocking at your door.
  • Do not open your door to an unknown person.
  • Equip all exterior doors with deadbolt locks.
  • Reinforce the strike plate of all exterior doors with a metal plate.
  • Beware of chain locks: Chain locks can be easily kicked in when the door is opened.
  • Install an alarm system, if possible.
  • When you are away, make your home look as if you've never left. Turn on indoor and outdoor lights.
  • When you leave your home for an extended period of time, leave your keys with a friendly and trustworthy neighbour who can turn lights on, put some music on the radio, open and close drapes, as well as pick up flyers and mail from your door.
  • Do not leave objects lying around outside, such as ladders, shovels or hand tools which could be used to get inside your home.
  • Record the serial number on your items and engrave your valuables (an engraver is available free of charge at PDQ33).
  • Never keep large amounts of cash at home.
  • Store valuable jewellery in a strongbox (take photographs of your pieces of jewellery to help in their identification if ever they are stolen).

Reporting an event

  • If you witness any suspicious event or situation, do not hesitate to call 9‑1‑1.
  • If you observe any criminal activity, you can report it in complete confidentiality and anonymity by calling INFO‑CRIME MONTREAL at 514‑ 393‑1133.
  • If you would like to receive general information or tips on security, contact your neighbourhood police station33 at 514‑280‑0133.

While waiting for the police to arrive

  • Be sure not to touch anything before police arrive. Your home can be searched for clues and fingerprints that can help police track down the thieves and maybe recover the items stolen from you.

Caution is always in order!