Auto Theft Home Invasion Prevention Tips

Home invasion and auto theft occurrences rose 400 percent in 2023. Police are concerned about an escalation in violence, where all sorts of weapons and firearms are being used to steal vehicles, and that includes during home invasions. While Toronto Police have always advised the public to prioritize your safety over your vehicle, here are ways members of the public can protect themselves, their homes and their vehicles:

  • Park vehicles in garage, if possible

  • Ensure your driveway is well lit and keep exterior lights on all night

  • Security cameras are an asset

  • If possible, install a home security system – activate alarm on STAY when home and AWAY when out

  • Consider having a motion detection alarm connected to your cell phone

  • Put security film on glass windows and doors

  • Have multipoint door locks on your doors

  • Keep backyard gates locked and ground windows secured

  • Do not post on social media when you will be away on holiday

  • Report suspicious vehicles/persons in the neighbourhood to police

More safety tips can be found on our website here.


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