Students are very trusting and sometimes forget that thieves know that each student home will contain multiple computers and other electronic devices.
Remember to lock all entrances
Lock your doors and windows. Close your windows when you go out, and don't remove the screens.
Use a bike lock
Invest in an excellent bike lock. Bicycle thieves work quickly. Make your bike the hardest one to steal. No matter where you store your bike, you are encouraged to register your bike with 529 Garage, through the City of Kingston & Kingston Police. The service is free, and only requires an email address. You can learn more about from the City of Kingston’s website on bicycle locking
Record serial numbers
Record the serial numbers of all electronics and bikes. The police find lots of stolen items but can't return them to you unless you can prove ownership. Take a picture!
Don't allow strangers into your house. Talk to salespeople or other unknown visitors outside.
Make your home look lived-in
Make your home look lived-in, even when you aren't there. Postpone mail subscriptions. Arrange for someone to pick up your mail and shovel your snow. Use timed light switches to create the illusion that someone is inside.
Keep the porch lights on
Keep the porch light on. Ensuring that the area outside your house is bright and well-lit, especially at night, is a deterrent.
Do not leave keys outside
Don't leave an extra set of keys hidden outdoors. Instead, leave extra keys with a trusted friend or neighbour.
Be a good neighbour
Be a good neighbour. Call the police if you notice a stranger poking around a neighbour's house.
Carry insurance protection against loss and damage of personal property.
Don't store gases inside
Don't store propane inside and only use BBQs three meters, or more, away from your house.
Request Walkhome service when you are walking home late at night.
The Queen's SeQure app has a variety of services encouraging safety, including 'Walkhome', 'Friend Walk' and 'Safe Walk'. You can call Campus Security, 911, or Kingston Police directly through the app.
If you find yourself alone, call someone for the duration of your walk and share your location with close friends and family via your phone’s location services or Friend Walk in the SeQure App.