(James Smith photo)

(James Smith photo)

Delta Police offer tips to guard against break-and-enters

DPD offers free home security checks for those who join its Citizens are Security Active program

With summer vacation right around the corner, Delta Police are offering some tips to help guard against break-and-enters.

The DPD is urging residents to be proactive and work together to implement the following preventative measures that, along with the department’s patrol efforts, will hopefully keep these types of incidents to a minimum and give Deltans a little more peace of mind while at home or away.

Preventative tips include:

Ensure all windows and doors are closed and secured when leaving the residence, even if you are only going to be gone for a short time.

When you are home, don’t leave keys, purses or wallets near insecure or open doors and windows.

Keep your shrubs and trees trimmed to avoid blocking the view from doors and windows.

Install window and door-locking devices (these can be as simple as a wooden stick in the track of the window or patio door).

Install motion-activated lights around the exterior of your property, illuminating points of entry

If you are home but working in your backyard, ensure all windows and doors at the front and sides of the house are closed and locked.

In addition, police recommend having someone watch over your residence while you are away. The department offers free home security checks through its CASA (Citizens are Security Active) program, where trained volunteers conduct random perimeter checks to make sure all doors, windows and gates are secured. For more information, visit deltapolice.ca/services/residential/casa.

Finally, if you do fall victim to a break-and-enter, contact police as soon as possible and do not disturb anything within the residence. This will allow for potential evidence gathering and effective canvassing of the area for possible suspects.