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.