Cornwall Police Service

Home Security 

Secure Your Door:

  • Install a good quality deadbolt lock. 
  • All door hinges should be accessible from the interior of the home only. 
  • Most doors are installed with screws less than one inch in length. Door kick break-ins are common, so door screws should be at least 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches long.
  • Ensure your door is equipped with non-removable hinge pins.

Secure Your Windows:

  • Sliding doors and windows can be "lifted" out of the tracks with relative ease. Install screws or a blocking device above the sliding door or window to prevent it from being lifted off the tracks.
  • Install a snug piece of wood in the track of sliding patio doors.

Other tips:

  • Avoid hiding a key to your residence outside.
  • Consider turning on lights or using timers for when you are away so it appears someone is home. 
  • Keep bushes and landscaping trimmed to allow for neighbours and pedestrians to easily see if something is out of the ordinary, while eliminating places for thieves to hide. 
  • Never leave notes on your door advising you are not home (for delivery companies). 
  • Report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood to police. 
  • Get to know your neighbours in the event you need a trusted person to help you or watch over your house while you are away. 
  • Keep your yard well illuminated.
  • Consider purchasing video surveillance equipment to help monitor your property. 

Apartment Building/Condominium Safety:

As a tenant:

  • Do not permit someone you don't know enter the building.
  • Never leave an external door propped open.
  • Put only your first initial on the directory.
  • Get to know your neighbours.
  • Use building facilities during active times.
  • Report suspicious activity.

As a landlord:

  • Post signs near the main doors; on the outside: "We cannot open the door to strangers." On the inside: "Do not open the door to strangers."
  • Facilitate introductions for new residents.
  • Keep the property well maintained with working lights and well lit areas.
  • Start a Neighbourhood Watch program.

Safety in underground parking lots

  • Be aware if someone follows you into the underground parking area.
  • Always check for suspicious people or vehicles before entering the garage or leaving your vehicle. If you see something suspicious notify security or police.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • Check your vehicle before you get in.
  • Once inside your vehicle, lock the doors.

Elevator safety

  • Observe passengers in the elevator. If you do not feel comfortable, wait for the next one.
  • If possible, be the last to enter the elevator and be the last to indicate your floor.
  • Stand with your back to the sidewall, near the control panel.
  • If attacked, press as many floor buttons as possible.
  • If someone suspicious enters the elevator, exit immediately.

Safety in laundry rooms or other shared spaces

  • Time your trips during active periods when others are present or use the buddy system.
  • If you must go alone, tell someone where you'll be.
  • Look into the room before entering it.
  • Report suspicious activity to security or police.