Holiday Security Advisory

Although Hampstead has one of the lowest crime rates on the island, there have been a few home break-ins recently. As the holidays are drawing close, we would like to remind residents to take precautions to prevent home break-ins.

Remember: It doesn’t matter if you’ve been away for a few hours, for the day, for the weekend, or for an extended holiday. It takes burglars only a few moments to smash their way into your home, check the predictable places for valuables, and be on their way again.

By following some of these safety tips, you may be able to protect your home from being a target.


IMPORTANT TIPS:

- Break-ins often happen during the day when people are away.

- Acknowledge door bells by tuning on lights and asking questions via intercom or through the door.

- Do NOT open the door to strangers on any pretense.

- Educate your domestic help and make them aware of the risks.

Also:
- Ensure garage doors are closed.
- Do not leave garage openers in cars and always LOCK your cars.
- Close and lock all windows and doors.
- Do not leave ladders or garden furniture close to windows as they could be used to climb up.
- Leave an outside light on in the backyard.
- Use the Canada Post hold-mail service when you are away.
- Cancel the newspaper delivery.
- Have someone check your house or park a car in the driveway.
- Activate your alarm when leaving the house.
- Do not keep valuables at home, and definitely not in the bedroom.

By following these helpful tips, you could avoid a break-in at your home.

Should you arrive home and suspect that you have been broken into (broken window, door, etc.), please call 911 immediately as well as Hampstead Public Security (514) 369-8250, from your car. Do NOT enter the house and do NOT confront any suspects.

For more crime prevention tips, please refer to the Public Safety section of our website / Prevent Home Break-Ins. Should you need to report anything suspicious, please contact Public Security at 514 369-8250 (24-hr dispatch).