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Home Security Checklist
Keeping Your Home Safe
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.

Security Checklist
Security Item
Yes
No
Exterior Doors
 Yes No
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
Yes
No
The door leading from the attached garage to the house is solid wood or metal-clad and protected with a quality keyed door lock and 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 the glass door has been installed to prevent the door from being 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
Yes
No
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 night that would hide prowlers


Flood lights are used appropriately to ensure effective illumination


Outdoor lights are on in the evening -whether someone is home or not, or a Photocell or motion-sensitive lighting system has been installed


Our house numbers are 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 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 to 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 locked with height-security, laminated padlocks


Gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors 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


Every bicycle is secured with a U-bar lock or a quality padlock and chain


Bikes are always locked, even if we leave them for just a minute


Firearms are stored unloaded and locked in storage boxes and secured with trigger guard locks


Valuable items, such as televisions, stereos, and computers have been engraved with my driver's license number


Our home inventory is up-to-date and includes pictures. A complete inventory is kept somewhere out of the house




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