Home Security Checklist
It never hurts to have a refresher course.
- Turn the telephone and answering machine volume down when you go out so burglars can’t hear that no one’s home.
- Don’t leave notes for family or friends outside your home.
- Don’t leave tools or ladders lying around your yard since impulse burglars can use them to gain access into your home.
- Install sensor lights at all outside entrances.
- Remove any shrubs or trees next to your home that could hide a potential burglar from sight.
- Install a monitored security system, and make sure all members of your household know how to use it.
- Install deadbolt locks on your outside doors and make sure all door hinges are on the inside.
- Lock garage doors and sliding glass doors every night and whenever you are away from home.
- Don’t hide keys outside your home, such as in your mailbox, under doormats or above doorways. Burglars usually know where they are.
- If you’re planning to go away, either have your mail picked up by a trusted neighbor or have your local post office stop delivery until you get back. You’ll also want to cancel any other regular deliveries such as newspapers.
- Tell relatives or neighbors when you’ll be back and let them know where you can be reached in an emergency.
- When you buy a new appliance such as a TV or computer, destroy the box or hide it in your trash so others won’t know you have something new and valuable inside.
- Videotape, photograph and keep a written register of all your valuables and their serial numbers.
- Store valuable documents such as insurance policies and wills in a safety deposit box.
- Program emergency contact numbers into your phone memory and clearly label them so it will be easy to dial them in an emergency.
- Every six months or so, inspect your home as if you’ve been locked out without your keys. How would you get in? Examine any weak spots and realize that if you can get inside, so could someone else.
- Check to see if there’s an active Neighborhood Watch association in your community. This program helps keep you updated on problems in your neighborhood, and gets more people to help watch and protect your home and family. If there is no active Neighborhood Watch group in your community, contact your local law enforcement agency to find out how you