Home Security Checklist For Homeowners

All too many robberies take place mainly because the burglars take advantage of the home owners’ absence of attention to security details and their incapacity to stick with a couple of common sense home security habits. A home security and safety checklist is used as a precaution method to safeguard your house from burglaries and other undesired home invasions. Following these steps could ensure proper protection against criminals from possibly breaking into your house.

Exterior doors–do they have good locks? Are they dead bolted? Are the deadbolt mounting screws a minimum of 3 inches long? Make sure that these conditions are achieved. These are crucial and perhaps the strongest deterrents you may set up.

Make sure that your door frames are effectively reinforced. If they aren’t, they can be stomped down with a kick. Exterior doors should always, always be solid wood, if not metal. Hollow doors are only for interior use, since they’re too easy to penetrate.

Landscaping must look into visibility and transparency. Privacy might appear to be a security measure, but the fact is, this is a detriment. Privacy on your home means thieves can hide their actions as they make an effort to force entry to your domicile. Privacy gives a cloak to everyone involved, including the ones that shouldn’t have one. Do not take this risk. Robbers are experienced enough to locate hiding places without your help.

Keep an eye on the easy entry ways. Unlocked doors/windows, easy-to-open doors/windows, breakable glass in or near doors which could allow door to be unlocked, doors that can easily be forced open using a foot, plastic card, crowbar or chisel (poor quality locks or poor installation).

Outdoor lighting, especially around entrances, could go a long way in stopping burglars. If your property is well-lit on the outside, it’s very much tougher to rob. This means motion-sensor-activated lights, that can spook anyone and make it easier for you to walk up to the door during the night safely, as well as bright floods that remain on all of the time.

Use glass-break sensors on your windows. Glass doesn’t always break noisily, and the resulting alarm will almost certainly discourage a would-be assailant.

If installing windows and doors, make sure that the hinges can be found within the house. A criminal may easily unhinge these things and gain access to your house and personal belongings. Additionally, they must be equipped with auxiliary locks or wood dowel in the bottom track to avoid prying and anti-shims in the top track to prevent lifting.

Whenever you leave your house especially for long weekends or holidays, document your property. You may list and take photos of all your belongings, 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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