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Home Security Checklist

How safe is your home? Here is a short home security checklist that hits on the major things you should take a look at in order to make your home less of a target to thieves. Remember, burglars prefer to choose the easy mark, so you want to do everything possible to make your house look undesirable to people looking to make a quick easy buck.

Home Security Checklist:

Exterior doors should have good quality cylinder locks plus deadbolts with 3 inch screws. This includes sliding doors.

All door frames should be reinforced so that doors can't be broken down with a kick.

Doors should be made out of solid wood or metal. Hollow-core wooden doors are too easy to penetrate and should only be used on interior doorways.

Landscape for visibility instead of privacy. Though our natural inclination may be to cut ourselves off from neighbors and street passersby, it is better from a security standpoint to eliminate or trim trees and shrubs that could provide a hiding place for burglars or shelter their actions from the house/street.

Use locks on garages and storage sheds, and keep tools (especially ladders that burglars could use to reach second-story windows) inside and out of sight.

Use outdoor lighting to keep all entrances to your house well-lit (photosensitive lights go on automatically when night falls, or to conserve energy you can get motion detecting or heat sensing lights that go on when triggered). Again, the object is to eliminate hiding places for burglars.

Glass break detectors on windows sound an alarm if someone tries to force entry that way and should scare off intruders.

Make sure door and window hinges are on the inside of the house.

Keep a home inventory up to date so that if a burglar does make it in, you can provide all the necessary information on what's missing to the police and your home insurance company.

Install an Alarm or Security System

Source: Personal Protection Handbook by Tom Patire


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