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Home Security Checklist

Use this as a guide as you check your home for safety measures. Boxes marked “no” indicate areas where you could take action to improve your home’s security. These are just some of the steps you can take to decrease the likelihood that you or your home is targeted.

Yes No 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 installedinto 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 leading from the attached garage to the house is solid wood or metal-clad and protected with a quality keyed door lock or deadbolt.
The overhead garage door has a lock so that we do not rely solely on the automatic door opener to provide security.
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 frombeing shoved aside or lifted off the track.
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-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
At least two light timers have been set to turn the lights on and off in a logical sequence when we are away for an extended time period.
The motion detector or other alarm system (if we have one) 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
Gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors are locked with high-security, laminated padlocks. They are locked after every use.
Grills, lawn mowers, and other valuables are stored in a locked garage or shed, or if left out in the open, are hidden from view with a tarp and securely locked to a stationary point.
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.Firearms are stored unloaded, secured with trigger guard locks, and locked in a storage box.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.
Our home inventory is up-to-date, including make, model, serial numbers, other detailed descriptions and photographs of items of value. A complete inventory is kept somewhere out of the house.