Home Security Audit Guide

People tend to think of burglary in strictly physical terms, that is, illegal access to our home, items taken and/or items destroyed. However, burglary can have a significant impact on a person’s mental well-being. Burglary victims will often speak of a sense of violation. This can lead to feelings of fear, anger and emotional distress, particularly in children and the elderly.

This Home Security Audit Guide has been developed to provide general information on keeping one’s home secure. It is intended to provide guidance in taking precautions to reduce the risk of burglary and minimize the opportunity for crime around the home. Inexpensive and do-it-yourself suggestions are made throughout this document to assist homeowners in maximizing their ability to secure their homes. For further information and assistance, homeowners and community groups may want to contact the Ottawa Police or Crime Prevention Ottawa.