Prevent Home Break-Ins


Although Hampstead has one of the lowest crime rates on the island, there have been a few home break-ins recently. These all occurred in the evening and the thieves entered by the back of the house or duplex.

Our Public Security Department would like to remind the public of the following safety tips:

  • Activate your alarm system whenever the house is empty, even for a short while, and when you go to sleep.
  • Educate your family members on the proper use of the alarm systems.
  • Install motion detector spotlights in your backyard and on your garage door(s). Keep patio and balcony doors locked.
  • Install secondary locking devices on sliding windows and sliding glass doors as they can easily be lifted out of the track and removed (if they have just one locking system).
  • Make sure that you do not help burglars to enter your premises. Tools, ladders, bicycles, and toys should all be brought inside at night or when you are not home. Burglars often use items found in the homeowner’s yard as tools to gain entry to their homes.
  • Before going on vacation, use Canada Post’s mail forwarding or hold mail service while you’re away.
  • When leaving for a few days, advise your neighbours to alert authorities of any suspicious behaviour.
  • If speaking with telemarketing agents, never mention that you’re going away.

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, from your car, immediately as well as Hampstead Public Security (514) 369-8200 ext. 8250. 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. Should you need to report anything suspicious, please contact Public Security at 514 369-8200, ext. 8250 (24-hr dispatch).