Home Security Safety Checklist Questions
Are your valuable items visible from the street?
Home burglaries account for a large percentage of all break-ins. That’s why this is first on our Security Safety checklist. If you can see valuable items inside your home from the street, so can a burglar. Burglars are excellent window shoppers so keep your valuables out of view.
Are your doors and windows visible from the street or from a neighbors view?
Burglars are always assessing new ways to get into your home without being seen. Overgrown hedges give them the help they need to break into your home without being detected by neighbors. Keep hedge growth in check and use gate signs and wall plaques provided by your home security company to alert potential burglars that your house is being protected.
Is your house number clearly visible from street level?
In an emergency, time is of the essence. Make sure that police, firefighters or paramedics can easily find the right house by keeping your house numbers clearly visible.
Are your entrances well lit at night?
A dark entrance is not only a safety issue, it’s an opportunity for burglars. Keep your entrances well lit and use motion lighting to illuminate your home’s exterior. Some security systems have functions through their apps that let you control your home’s lighting from your smartphone.
Can you see who’s at the front door without opening it?
Not being able to identify who’s on the other side of the door can be dangerous. Install a wide angle peep-hole in your door.
Do you have any gate signs or wall decals that state your home is monitored?
Be sure to display your home is secured. This goes for front, rear and sides of the house.
Do you have keyed deadbolt locks installed on all of your doors?
Fitting your home’s front and back door with a steel bolt is a great form of defense against a burglar.
Do you have timers on your lights?
A darkened home is more likely to be targeted by burglars. Inexpensive and easy to install, timers can be an excellent deterrent. Make your home look occupied while you are away. Many home security products offer apps that allow you turn lights on or off right from your smartphone.
Do you have motion-sensor lights installed?
Incorporate motion-sensor lights into your home security plan and you’ll send a strong signal to burglars that you take protecting your home seriously. The last thing a burglar wants is the spotlight. One of our primary deterrents on the Security Safety checklist.
Do you keep an itemized inventory of your personal property in case of a burglary?
Keeping an inventory of your personal items helps ensure that you are compensated for any losses. In the event of a burglary, you don’t want to forget to include any stolen property on a report for the police or an insurance claim.
Do you have secondary locks on your windows?
Windows account for around 25% of all break-in entry points. That’s because they are regularly left unlocked, or fitted with ineffective locks. Making them vulnerable to attack. Make it difficult for anyone to get in with help from secondary locks and window sensors.
Do you keep your valuables stored in a safe?
To keep your valuables protected, your best option is to keep them somewhere difficult for burglars to get to, such as a wall bolted safe.
Do you leave a door key under your house mat?
Under the mat is likely one of the first hiding places a burglar will look for keys. Rather leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor.
Do your doors fit tight in their frames?
While an unlocked door is the most common entry point for a burglar, a flimsy door is another common way to break-in. If your doors do not fit tightly, you should install weather stripping around them to better hold them in place.
Have all your doors been re-keyed since you moved in?
If your home or apartment was owned by someone before you, they (or whoever they gave keys to) could still potentially have a key that can unlock your doors. It’s best to re-key your home—which is easier than changing out all of the locks—so only you have all of the copies of the key to your home.
Do you lock all doors at night and every time you leave the house, even if it’s just for a few minutes?
It doesn’t take long for a burglar to break into your home, especially if a door is left unlocked. Even if you’re only leaving home for a moment, it’s important to always lock the door behind you. The same goes for locking the doors at night. Even if you’re home, the doors should be locked.
Have you secured any mail slots, dryer vents, or pet entrances that a burglar could enter through?
Even if you keep all of your doors and windows locked, burglars can still attempt to access locks from a dryer vent, mail slot or pet entrance. It’s important to have some sort of box, cage, or other locking mechanism over these possible entry points to help keep your home as burglar-proof as possible.
Does your neighborhood have a watch program?
A good quality neighborhood watch program is to have a focus on educating neighbors on how to actively look out for one another to prevent or lessen crimes in their area.
Do you have a security company that monitors your alarm system?
Home security providers can offer constant monitoring of your property and can notify you of emergencies, including fire, carbon monoxide or a burglary.
Is your home’s exterior well lit?
If you have good outdoor lighting in place, it will help deter burglars from trying to enter your home. It’s easier to be seen with outdoor lighting, burglars are more likely to stay away from lights and go in search of darker potential targets. Another one of our primary deterrents on the Security Safety checklist.
Do you store your tools and ladders in a locked garage or shed?
Don’t give burglars the tools they need to break into your home. Make sure tools and ladders, or any other equipment they could use is kept locked away.
Do you have CCTV cameras?
Take your home security to the next level, CCTV cameras can be a strong addition to any home security strategy. Almost all convicted burglars say they would avoid targeting a home with video surveillance.
Have you installed a home security system?
Homes without security systems are more likely to be burglarized than those with a security system. More than half convicted burglars say the presence of a security system would cause them to seek out a different home to burglarize.
Like most homeowners, lack of knowledge can lead to a vulnerable home. Take the above mentioned tips into consideration and improve your home security safety where possible.