Is your home safe?
There are many things beyond simply locking the doors to improve home security.
Download and print the Home Security Checklist and check your property.
- All doors are locked at night and every time we leave the house-even if it’s just for a few minutes.
- Doors are solid hardwood or metal-clad.
- Doors feature wide-angle peepholes at heights everyone can use.
- If there are glass panels in or near our doors, they are reinforced in some way so that they cannot be shattered.
- All entryways have a working, keyed entry lock and sturdy deadbolt lock installed into the frame of the door.
- Spare keys are kept with a trusted neighbor, not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge, or in a mailbox.
Garage and Sliding Door Security
- The door from attached garage to the house is solid wood or metal and protected with a quality lock or deadbolt.
- The overhead garage door has a lock All garage doors are locked when leaving the house.
- The sliding glass door has strong working key locks.
- A dowel or a pin to secure a glass door has been installed to prevent the door from being shoved or lifted The sliding door is locked every night and each time we leave the house.
- Protecting Windows Every window in the house has a working key lock or is securely pinned.
- Windows are always locked even when they are opened a few inches for ventilation.
- Outdoor Security Shrubs and bushes are trimmed so there is no place for someone to hide.
- There are no dark areas around our house, garage or yard at nights that would hide prowlers.
- Floodlights are used appropriately to ensure effective illumination.
- Outdoor lights are on in the evening- whether someone is at home or not, or a Photocell or motion lighting.
- Your house number is clearly displayed so police and other emergency vehicles can find the house quickly.
Security when Away from Home
- At least two light timers have been set to turn the lights on and off in a logical sequence when away
- The motion detector or other alarm system (if we have one) has been activated when you leave home.
- Mail and newspaper deliveries have been stopped or arrangements for a neighbor/friend to pick them up.
- A neighbor has been asked to tend the yard and watch our home when away.
- Outdoor Valuables and Personal Property Gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors are locked with high-security, laminated padlocks.
- Grills, lawn mowers, and other valuables are stored in a locked garage or shed
- Bikes are always locked, even if we leave them for just a minute.
- Firearms are stored unloaded, secured with trigger guard locks, and locked in a storage box.
- Every bicycle is secured with a U-bar lick or quality padlock and chain.
- Valuable items, such as televisions, stereos, and computers have been inscribed with an identifying number.
- Home inventory is up-to-date, including make, model, serial numbers, other detailed descriptions and photographs of items of value.