Police Department

Home Security Checklist

To protect your home from intruders, make sure that ...

  • Doors - Since most intruders enter a residence by physically compromising a door or frame, strong doors and frames are essential to your security. Lock your doors at all times, even if you are at home.

  • Windows - Do not make it easy for a burglar by leaving your windows unlocked. Locks that come with windows are not effective. Purchase a sturdy lock and keep it locked.

  • House Numbers - Place your house number on the front of your house, on the curb in front of your house and on the fence outside your back gate. Use 6-inch high letters of reflective material or blank on white. You may also consider placing your house numbers on the back of your home.

  • Street Lights - If your street light is not working report it to the proper agency.

  • Lighting - Light the outside of your house. Exterior lights are important, especially near doors, windows, and in carports. Criminals do not like light and will avoid it.

  • Landscaping - Keep the shrubbery trimmed. Thick tall shrubbery provides cover for a burglar and lets him work undetected. Where possible, place thorny plants under windows and along fences.

  • Decals & Stickers - Mark your valuable possessions and post "Operation Identification" decals on your windows. These, and other warning stickers, are a deterrent to burglars.

  • Mail Box - Your mail box should be located so it can be seen and observed by your neighbors. Put only your street address on the box, not your name.

  • Wide Angle Viewers - Put a peephole in your front door and use it. Never open your door to a stranger. Make sure the eye viewer gives you at least 180 degree of visibility.

  • Garage Door - Keep it closed and locked. This helps protect valuable property stored in your garage and prevents access to interior doors to the house. An open garage is an invitation for a burglar.

  • Garage Windows - Garage windows should be locked and reinforced with mesh screening. They should be covered with shades or blinds so a burglar cannot look inside for possible loot or for an indication of someone being home.

  • Storage Sheds - Storage sheds or outside buildings should be securely locked. Any tools or equipment which could help a burglar break into your house should be locked in the shed or in a locked garage.

  • Arcadia Doors - Secure y our patio doors, too. A broomstick, bar or finger operated lock can help. A pin-type lock or a key lock is better. Two or three screws in the overhead track will reduce the chance of lifting the door out of the track.

  • Fences - Fences make it harder for a burglar to carry away large items, but are only effective if the gates are locked. Gates should always be locked.

  • Warning Signs - A sign indicating an alarm system has been installed, that a dangerous dog is present or other warning signs can be a good deterrent. To be effective, signs must be of sufficient size to attract attention and be in a conspicuous place.

  • Perimeter Lighting - All sides of your home should be protected by security lighting. Attractive, low-wattage lighting may be an effective way to keep intruders from getting interested.

  • Side & Rear Windows - Window which cannot be seen from the street because of location or fences are a favorite place of entry for burglars. These windows must be locked with secure locks. They may require the use of iron bars, grills or special burglar resistant glass or plastic panes.

  • Roof Openings - All skylights, roof vent openings or any other potential ceiling entrance should be reinforced with metal bars or heavy screens.

For more information on crime prevention, please contact the crime prevention unit at (816) 325-7645.