Home Security Checklist

Work your way through this checklist evaluating both what you think will be most effective and what you can afford to do.  Be realistic.  Consider not only how important something is but how likely you are to make the change.  It doesn’t help to have a number 1 priority item that you simply can’t or won’t fix.  Lighting is probably the single greatest deterrent to crime.  If your lighting isn’t good enough, it needs to be at or near the top of your list.  Good locks on all doors and windows and trimming bushes to remove potential hiding spots should be at or near the top of the list.  It’s your home, your safety, your budget of both time and money so only you can prioritize this list.  Brainstorm with a friend or team up to get it done.  Do it and then share it – tell a friend so they can be a safer too.

 

 

Exterior Doors: Yes No
Spare keys are kept with a trusted neighbor, not hidden.
Glass panels in or near doors are reinforced so that they cannot be shattered.
Doors feature wide-angle peepholes at heights everyone can use.
Doors are solid hardwood or metal-clad.
All entryways have sturdy deadbolt locks installed into the frame of the door.
All doors are locked at night and every time we leave – even for a few minutes.
Garage and Sliding Door:

Yes

No

Garage-to-home door is solid wood or metal-clad and protected with a deadbolt.
Garage door has a lock separate from automatic door opener to provide extra security.
Garage doors are all locked when leaving the house.
Sliding glass doors have a strong, working key lock.
A dowel or a pin to secure the sliding glass door has been installed.
The sliding glass door is locked every night and each time we leave the house.
Protecting Windows:

Yes

No

Every window in the home 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:

Yes

No

Shrubs / bushes are trimmed to so there is no place for someone to hide.
There are no dark areas around our house, garage, and yard that would hide prowlers.
Every outside door has a bright, working light to illuminate visitors.
Floodlights are used appropriately to ensure effective illumination.
Outdoor lights are on in the evening or a photocell or motion-sensitive lighting system has been installed.
Our house number is clearly displayed so police and other emergency vehicles can find the house quickly.
Security When Away From Home:

Yes

No

At least two light timers have been set to turn the lights on and off in a logical sequence when we are away from home for an extended time period.
The motion detector or other alarm system has been activated when we leave home.
Mail and newspaper deliveries have been stopped or arrangements for a neighbor/friend to pick them up have been made when we go away from home for a period of time.
A neighbor has been asked to tend the yard and watch our home when we are away.
Outdoor Valuables and Personal Property:

Yes

No

Gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors are all locked.
Gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors are locked after every use.
Firearms are stored unloaded and locked in storage boxes and secured.
Valuable items, such as television, stereos, and computers have been inscribed with identifying number approved by local police.
The home inventory is up-to-date and includes pictures. A complete copy is kept somewhere out of the house.

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Home security checklist

 

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