A Home Security Checklist

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Are you securing your residence as much as possible? Keep your priorities in order. It is wise to think about the things a thief would consider–your goal is deterrence. The best home security measure is an untested one that simply scares thieves off before they have a opportunity to strike. That said, work through some of the major points of home security before you consider everything else.

a)    Be sure any trees or bushes you have near your house are taken care of regularly. Likewise, keep a good amount of space between your house and any tall trees in order to avoid anyone from climbing them to gain access to your house from an upstairs window. In the end, they are making it tough for intruders to find out what is going on from the outside. Yet also keep this in mind that more landscaping gives thieves a place to disguise.

b)    Be mindful of the easy entry points. Unlocked doors/windows, easy-to-open doors/windows, breakable glass in or near doors that may allow door to be unlocked, doors that could easily be forced open using a foot, plastic card, crowbar or chisel (poor quality locks or poor installation).

c)    Do not ever forget about outdoor lighting! As with landscape, visibility should be considered always. Don’t allow shadows collect, especially not near any of your exterior entry points. Motion detecting lights could save energy and spook would-be intruders.

d)    Proper dead bolt, hinge, lock, latch and door frame installation is very important to make certain doorways and windows are not pried open, spread apart or screws removed to allow easier forced entry into your property. Change locks on new homes or if your key has been lost or stolen.

e)    Ensure that your door frames are properly reinforced. If they aren’t, they could be stomped down with a kick. Exterior doors should always, always be solid wood, if not metal. Hollow doors are only for interior use, as they are too easy to penetrate.

f)    Put in alarms for smoke and glass to alert you within the home and when you’re out. This lets you contact authorities promptly and when you’re at work or away on vacation.

g)    Keep all hinges for doors and windows on the inside, even on the 2nd story. There isn’t any reason whatsoever to keep them outside, and eliminating them is a silent operation that will likely evade any security measures you possess. In case your home has any external hinges, look at this a serious problem to be remedied immediately.

h)    Whenever you leave your house specifically for long weekends or holidays, document your belongings. You could list and take photos of all your valuables, recording serial numbers on large valuables. Store all this info off-site so that in case of theft, you will have a record of all your property.

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