Home Security Checklist

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.

Exterior Doors

  • 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.