Five students living in one house often means five laptops, five cameras, and five sets of other valuables. This makes the student village a hot-spot for burglaries and theft.
Lock your doors and windows.
Close windows when you go out, and don't remove screens.
Don't leave valuables where they can be seen from the street.
Invest in window coverings (blinds, curtains, etc.) for all windows.
Don't allow strangers into your house.
Talk to salespeople or other unknown visitors outside.
Make your home look lived-in, even when you aren't there.
Postpone mail subscriptions.
Arrange for someone to pick up your mail and shovel your snow.
Use timed light switches to create the illusion that someone is inside.
Keep the porch light on.
Ensuring that the area outside your house is bright and well-lit, especially at night, is a deterrent.
Don't leave an extra set of keys hidden outdoors.
Instead, leave extra keys with a trusted friend or neighbour.
Be a good neighbour.
Call the police if you notice a stranger poking around a neighbour's house.
Carry insurance protection against loss and damage of personal property.
Contact the police or another service if you feel unsafe.
Check out this fact sheet about stalking from the Queen's Human Rights Office.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) Holiday Housecheck program will help reduce your concerns about break-ins over the winter break. It employs students who stomp down snow, collect mail, and alert authorities if they observe any suspicious behaviour.
Call the AMS Municipal Affairs Commission for details at 613-533-6000 ext. 75178.