Home Security Checklist

Home security is an important factor as a homeowner. Use this checklist or click HERE for a printable home security checklist to make sure your home is safe:


  • There is a smoke detector in hallways near bedrooms, near family room and kitchen, top of any stairway and garage.
  • Smoke detectors are tested once a month.
  • There are fire extinguishers in your kitchen, garage, and basement.
  • Members of your household know exactly what to do in case of emergency.
  • Valuable documents and possessions are stored in a fire-rated safe.
  • Guns are safely stored in a locked box, safe, or vault.
  • Gens are stored separately from the ammunition.
  • Every window in the house has a working key lock or is securely pinned.

Interior- While you are away

  • Several lights in your are set up on automatic timers.
  • There is a working home alarm system.
  • The alarm is armed before you leave.
  • Mail and newspaper deliveries have been stopped.
  • A friend or neighbor has been asked to tend the yard and watch your home when away.


  • All doors are locked at night and every time you leave the house.
  • Exterior doors have a good-quality deadbolt lock.
  • All latch-strike plates on your exterior doors secured with at least 3″ screws.
  • Glass panels in or near the doors are reinforced in some way so that they cannot be shattered.
  • Exterior doors without glass have a wide-angle door door viewer installed for identifying visitors.
  • Doors are solid hardwood or metal-clad.
  • All doors are locked when you are home for the night or when you leave your residence.
  • Exterior man-door and the door from the garage into your home have quality deadbolts.
  • Overhead garage door is always closed, even when you are home.
  • Front entrance and all other entrances are lit well enough to enable you to identify visitors at night.
  • Motion sensors control exterior lighting.
  • Spare keys are kept with a trusted neighbor, not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge, or in a mailbox.
  • House number is clearly displayed so emergency vehicles can find the house quickly.

Landscaping and Exterior Entries

  • Shrubs and bushes are trimmed so there is no place for someone to hid.
  • Tree limbs have been trimmed to prevent access to upper floor windows or balconies.
  • “Prickly” or thorny shrubbery are planted near windows to discourage loitering or hiding.
  • All outdoor foliage is trimmed to prevent obstruction of exterior lighting.
  • All gates are locked with a quality, weatherproof padlock.
  • All valuables stored outside are secured to a fixed, immovable object.