Get professional help
You might want to consider asking a crime prevention officer to inspect your apartment or home and identify its weak points (for instance, rotting door frame, poor choice of lock, etc.). Police Constable Paul Levison, of a Toronto crime prevention unit concentrates on common access points, such as front door, side doors, rear windows, garage security, visibility, lighting, and hardware.
Do Your Homework
If considering a move to a new neighborhood, Heinrichs recommends that you take the time to "get a feel" for the area. "Depending on your lifestyle, this could involve talking to people at a community center, library, or other neighborhood gathering place," he says. Drive or walk around at different times of the day. See what's going on, and who's out and about: "It's generally a good sign if the community seems to support a wide range of ages," he advises.
See your home through a burglar's eyes
If you're selling your home, "curb appeal" is a good thing. But if you're concerned about home security, you won't want your home to shine so brightly that it attracts the attention of burglars. "We try to look at the house the way a bandit would," says Levison. "You have to think the way they do." Keep expensive gardening tools, bicycles, lawn mowers, automotive accessories, and things like ladders, hammers, and screwdrivers that might prove helpful to burglars in their break-in attempt under lock and key in your garage or shed.