Three ways to prevent a burglary in your home

Three ways to avoid a home break-in

Security is more than a hot topic these days.

For example, according to a report released Aug. 2 by Statistics Canada, Quebec’s break-and-entry rate had fallen 12% in 2020, largely due to the pandemic causing fewer people to leave the home. However, the report notes an increase for 2021.

But even if you don’t have to worry too much, it would still be very commendable to take preventive action, if only to feel completely safe in your own four walls. As ? Here are three ways to do it.

1. Secure your front door

In fact, a third of burglaries in Quebec are through the front door, it is more than necessary to reinforce security, if only through a peephole (that’s the little eye in the door to see the visitor), a bell with integrated microphone and camera, an internal locking system or even a new lock.

Be aware that a motivated and experienced thief will get past your lock, the difference is in the time it takes to open the door. A low-end lock lasts a few minutes, while a high-end Class 1 model can last up to 20 minutes, according to

The most secure locks are those with a deadbolt and a controlled key, as they cannot be picked and cannot be duplicated without the lockholder’s signature.

2. Protect your windows and patio door

If the door resists entry by an intruder into your home, the chances are that the intruder will try to get in through one of the apartment’s windows or French doors.

A security latch for patio doors or sliding windows increases security, as does installing a latch at the bottom of the patio door to prevent lifting. There are also key locks for the windows to keep you safe.

Make sure all of your windows are locked, especially those on the ground floor.

It’s often assumed that a ground floor window that’s about 5-6 feet off the ground is difficult to reach, but think again as your recycling bin could make a very good ladder!

3. Learn more about home automation monitoring

Technology is everywhere these days, even when it comes to home security! In fact, it is now possible to buy surveillance equipment that allows you to see any visitor at any time of the day in real time on your digital device.

And when you say electronic surveillance, you also say costs… In fact, it’s possible to be monitored 24 hours a day for as little as $500 by purchasing a basic system.

As a rule, the basic sets contain contacts for doors and windows, a smoke detector and an infrared motion detector. These monitoring tools connect to a central unit that, for a monthly rental fee of $20 to $45, can notify authorities as soon as the alarm goes off.

There is a cost to electronic surveillance, of course, but part of the money spent on it can be recouped by reducing home insurance premiums with a discount of up to 25%.


  • When you go on vacation, inform your neighbors and ask them to be on the lookout for suspicious people.
  • Remember to take out rental insurance that will compensate you in the event of theft.
  • Adequate lighting that simulates your presence in the accommodation is also very useful for protection.