Crucial Home Security Checklist "To-Do" Items!

See my home security checklist for tips on keeping every area of your home safe from being an easy target for criminals and becoming a victim of identity theft.

Using a home security checklist will help so you don't miss key points!

Jobs are down and crime is up!

Crime has sharply been on the increase, especially in the last few years...

Due largely to the downfall of our economy, gang activity and the reduction of police on our streets due to cuts in the budget.

Most of us have extremely busy lives, going to work, taking children to school and all the various appointments and stops we make during the day.

Because of this, it isn’t unexpected to find we have forgotten to do a few things for the home.

Using a home security checklist will help to remind you of all the areas in a home that are vulnerable to attack by a criminal.

It only takes a few seconds of forgetfulness for a thief to take advantage of the fact the doors and/or windows aren’t locked, dog doors are not secured, and the most common area forgotten is the alarm.

People forget to activate their alarm. Go to do it yourself home security for tips and a breakdown of all the areas of your home that are a concern.

I have included in my home security checklist some of the most important areas to be aware of.

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Tips For Landscaping

  • The landscaping can be a powerful deterrent for a thief. Pay close attention to the placement and size of all your scrubs, bushes and trees.
  • Make sure you keep all of them trimmed. This will prevent a thief from hiding behind them, especially if they are large enough to enclose a particular area such as a window or door.
  • This will also stop easy access to a second story, balcony or window.
  • A “prickly” idea is to plant a huge cactus plant, or shrubbery that is thorny near windows. This will discourage anyone that wants to use this area as a hiding place.
  • Trimming also stops your exterior lighting from being obstructed.

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Garage Door Safety

Garages are a favorite entry point of a thief.
  • Does your garage door have an automatic opener?

If so, fool the thief that wants to grab the code by Not using a “rolling code”.

This home security checklist is a really good safety tip:

Years ago I had a garage door that did not have an automatic opener, what a pain, literally.

  • Until the time I had an opener put in, I installed 4 long sliding bolts which I could also padlock.

I put 2 on the outside, 1 on each side, and 2 on the inside, 1 on each side. This gave me double the protection if needed.

  • Don’t ignore the door from the outside of your home into your garage.

Always make sure their locked and have heavy duty deadbolts on them.

This favorite entry point of a criminal is another area on your home security check list to be extremely diligent in taking care of.

  • Never leave the keys outside or inside your car.

Always lock the car doors even when the vehicle is in the garage.

This is just an added level of security and one more area that a criminal has to breach in order to steal from you.

  • Even if you’re home make sure you keep the garage door closed.

I know many people that keep their garage door open when they're home, or keep the door up enough for their pet to slide under.

This is dangerous and leaves you vulnerable to anyone that is up to no good.

If a thief is able to gain entry to your garage, he is also out of sight to anyone on the street or too any neighbors that might see him.

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Outside Possessions and Entries

  • Do you keep all your outbuildings secured with a heavy duty, weatherproof padlock?
  • Keep all of your gates locked with a heavy duty, weatherproof padlock.
  • Don’t keep any of your valuables such as ladders, motorcycles, bikes, etc. outside.

If you must, then make sure you secure them to an immovable object that is fixed.

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Window Safety

A good do-it-yourself project is fixing all broken glass in doors and windows.
  • Do you secure all of your windows with a keyed window lock?
  • In case of an emergency, are you able to access the keys quickly?
  • Have the window locks been put in to allow some ventilation and at the same time maintain security?
  • Do you secure your window with nails or pins if you don’t have keyed locks?
  • A thief will “case the joint” to see what valuables you have.

Home security checklist tip: Make it impossible for a criminal to do this by mirror tinting your windows.

If you don’t wish to do this, then make sure you pull the drapes shut to obscure the view.

For more window tips, go to home window security to learn more.

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Boundary Safety

Home door security is not something to be ignored.
  • Are all your exterior doors made of solid wood? This is a vulnerable entry point and extremely popular for criminals to use.
  • If you have just moved into this apartment or house, it is extremely important that you have new keys made.
  • Too many “unknowns” may have a key.
  • No matter if you're home at night or just leave your home for a “quick” errand, always make sure you keep your doors locked.
  • A deadbolt has three basic parts: a outside cylinder that is key-accessible, the thumb-turn, this allows for hand control of the bolt from inside the home, and the "throw", better known as
    the bolt, which slide in and out of your door jam.
  • Home security checklist tip: All your exterior doors should have a high grade lock with a throw of no less than 1”.
  • All your exterior doors should have the screws on the latch strike plates of at least 3”.
  • Install double cylinder deadbolts on exterior doors having glass within three feet of the lock.
  • Install a wide-angle door viewer in all your exterior doors that don’t have glass so anyone coming to the door is visible.

Go to home door security for more important safety tips to use and be aware of.

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Sliding Glass Door Safety

  • This home security checklist item is so very important to do, as sliding glass doors can be an extremely vulnerable are.
  • Install auxiliary locks to prevent the sliding door from being lifted out of the track.
  • Have at least an insertion pin lock, metal or wooden dowel in the track, hinged door bar or track lock installed for safety.

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Outside Lighting

Use good security lighting around home perimeter.
  • Control your exterior lighting with sensors.
  • Your front entrance should have enough quality lighting to allow you to identify anyone at night that comes to the door.
  • Make sure all your other entrances are also well lit.
  • All the exterior sections of your property or home should also be well lit with floodlights or another type of illumination.

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Inside Security and Lighting

Always keep the alarm on even if you're home.

Another good home security checklist tip:

  • Have a home alarm that is working and make sure you use it, even if you're home.

Many people don’t set the alarm when they're home or in their backyard.

When in the backyard, you are unaware of what’s happening inside your house.

For more, go to, home security lighting and wireless home alarm for ways to protect yourself and your home.

  • Have numerous lights inside the house set on an automatic timer.
  • Whenever you go on business trips or vacation, make sure you temporarily discontinue your newspaper and mail service.
  • If you plan on staying away for a few days, have a friend or trusted neighbor come by and check on things.
  • Do not leave a phone message on the phone that tells of your travel plans or that you will be away for a designated amount of time.

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Pool Safety

This area is a vital one on your home security checklist.

  • All exterior doors that lead to the area of your swimming pool should be equipped with a definite type of door alarm that alerts you when a person enters.
  • Secure any secondary fence or gate with an auxiliary padlock or gate lock.
  • Your property line and area around the pool should have a fence at least 6’ high.
  • For safety, make sure every household member is CPR trained.

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Carbon Monoxide and
Carbon Home Safety

  • Always store flammables in containers that are marked and away from sources of flame or heat.
  • Store all valuable possessions and documents in a safe that is fire rated.
  • Have smoke detectors in the garage, hallways near the bedrooms, top of stairways and near the kitchen and family room.
  • Have ABC type fire extinguishers in you garage, basement and kitchen.
  • Have carbon monoxide detectors in the same areas as the smoke detectors. Have a carbon monoxide detector near the furnace.
  • In case of a fire or other emergency, make sure everyone in the house knows what to do.
  • Test all detectors once a month and replace all batteries twice a year.

I usually do this whenever I change the clock for daylight savings time. It’s easier to remember it that way.

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Weapon Safety

  • This home security check list item is one of the most important ones to be concerned with if you own a weapon of any kind.
  • Secure all weapons in a locked box, vault, or safe.
  • Keep guns and ammo in separate places.
  • Always, always, treat a weapon as if it were Always loaded.
  • Equip all weapons with a trigger lock for safety.

As you can see security for the home covers a multitude of areas.

I hope making use of the home security checklist will make this easier to keep yourself safe from a thief and protect yourself from identity theft.

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