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Keep Your Vehicles, Business and Home Protected With These Tips

Learn how to protect your home, business and vehicles by following the simple tips presented on this page. Condotta Merrett Insurance hopes you find this information useful and encourages you to use the links on this page to learn more.



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Tips to Prevent Vehicle Theft

While there is no surefire way to prevent car theft, there are a few easy steps you can take to prevent it from happening. You can make life more difficult for criminals by doing the following:


  • Make sure your vehicle is locked at all times
  • Never leave the keys in your car
  • Before exiting the car, turn off the ignition
  • When possible, avoid parking on the street
  • Keep valuables hidden or safely put away in the trunk. Never leave money or other valuables in clear view
  • Park in areas with good lighting, security and high visibility whenever possible
  • Ask your neighbours to look out for you and you for them. Note any suspicious activity
  • Install an alarm, ignition disabler or other anti-theft device


You can find more information on vehicle safety and child restraints at the following websites:


Protect Your Business

Review the simple tips below to find ways to keep your commercial property safe at all times.


  • All exterior doors should have deadbolt locks that provide a minimum 1” bolt into the strike plate
  • Take steps to secure your exterior doors and prevent the removal of door hinge pins
  • Protect break-ins through windows by using bars, metal screens or theft-deterring glazing materials
  • Install an alarm that can be monitored off site. Systems should be certified by the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC)
  • Take your company’s safety seriously and regularly check for unsafe work conditions or business practices. Take immediate corrective measures as needed
  • Make sure you have serviced, multi-purpose fire extinguishers at your business and instruct employees on how to use them


Check out the Insurance Bureau of Canada website to find more tips on how to protect your business.

Protecting Your Home

You can deter crime by following these simple tips for both inside and outside of your home.


Home Safety Tips – Indoors


  • Keep your blinds and curtains closed at night so potential burglars can’t see your belongings
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked when you leave
  • Lock windows and ensure they can’t be opened from the outside. If your windows do not lock, you should consider installing a bolt or metal pin that can be easily removed in case of emergency
  • Install a home alarm system as another level of security. Take caution not to ignore other safety precautions just because you have an alarm
  • Make your home look occupied when you’re away by using timers with your lights
  • Turn on a radio when you leave for short amounts of time
  • Inventory your valuables by taking video or photographs
  • Consider engraving valuables
  • Use a safety deposit box, home safe or store jewellery and valuables in an unlikely place

Home Safety Tips – Outdoors


  • Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed back, especially around windows and doors
  • Keep your home well lit, especially around windows and doors
  • Keep window AC units secured from the inside
  • Use solid – not hollow – exterior doors. Metal doors are a good choice when preventing forced entry
  • Equip doors with deadbolt locks
  • Avoid fencing that could conceal a thief’s activity
  • Secure any glass that could be used to access a door lock. Consider coating the glass or replacing with laminated or tempered glass
  • Make sure door hinges on outside do not have removable center pins
  • Consider using hinged security bars over your basement windows. Be sure to keep the key close by for emergencies
  • Do not leave ladders around or make access to your roof available to criminals
  • Check your patio doors, install a pin if needed and make sure they can’t be lifted out of their tracks
  • Dogs or simply placing a “Beware of Dog” sticker in a visible location can be a good deterrent to crime. A barking dog serves as a good alarm and warning to criminals. Avoid vicious dogs that bite as you can find yourself in trouble with the law


Check out the following sites to find more helpful home safety tips:


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