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HOME SECURITY CHECKLIST
COURTESY OF: SAMSON’S LOCK & SAFE SERVICE
4616 Lakeview Parkway * Rowlett, TX 75088

972-412-6051

Use this checklist with the idea that you will reduce the chances that you will be burglarized – not that you will eliminate that possibility altogether.
 Examine exterior shrubs and bushes. Height should be below window level to avoid creating hiding places for burglars. Examine trees from the street. They should be above window level and away from doors. Examine all exterior doors. The door should be solid core with 1-1/2” deadbolt and a metal strike plate with 1-1/2” to 2” screws. Any exterior door with glass, or within 40” of glass, should have double-cylinder deadbolts to prevent burglars from breaking glass and unlocking the door. Important: In such cases, the key should be nearby and its location known by everyone in the family in case of fire. The doors should also have a through-door viewer with 180-degree visibility, including the door to garage. Do not open the door to strangers. Do not let strangers into your home to use the phone. Get phone numbers and make the call for them. Door chains will break with a small amount of force. If you have an intercom system, use it to speak to the party at the door. Instruct children never to tell strangers that they are home alone and never to open the door to strangers, even if you are home in another part of the house. If the through-door viewer is not at your children’s eye-level and they frequently answer the door, consider installing one at their level. Examine all window locks. The locks should be in good working order. Drill holes in window tracks 6” above lower section and install easily removable pins to restrict opening. Be sure pins, not screws, can be removed from the inside in case of fire. Test smoke detectors regularly by pressing the “test” button. (These are usually lit.) Windows with mini-blinds should have curtains for privacy. Interior rooms are visible through the blind cord’s oval openings when lights are on inside, even with the blinds closed. Examine patio doors. The doors should have #8 or #10 screws in the top (not fully screwed in) to prevent lifting the door out of the track. Drill a hole through the bottom of the frames of the fixed door and the sliding door where they overlap. Then, pin the doors together by inserting a steel pin (could be a nail) to “lock” the sliding door. The typical sliding door lock is easily overcome by a burglar. A steel or aluminum bar can also be used. Special keyed patio door locks are also available for maximum security. Examine exterior lighting. There should be a minimum of 60-watt lighting over every door. Floodlights with motion detectors should be on opposite corners of the house and over the garage.

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Vacation checklist: Don’t leave notes outside your home; don’t pack your car in the driveway where you can be observed (use your garage and shut the door); remove anything of extreme value from your house and put it in a safe place while you’re gone. Never tell strangers (including grocery checkers or service people) when you will be away from home. Don’t publish times you will be away (weddings, funerals, etc.) Use timers on your lights, radio and television when you are away from home. Make the house look like someone is there. Have a neighbor or relative come by irregularly to turn on and off radios or televisions. Leave a car in the driveway for a while. Have your newspapers and mail collected while you are away. This should be done by a trusted neighbor or relative. Not all delivery persons are reliable and they may broadcast your absence. If you are away during the spring or summer season, arrange for lawn care. Never leave your house unlocked, even when you are working in your yard. Be sure that all doors you cannot see are locked. Don’t hide keys outside. Whether you have recently purchased your home or have lived there for some period of time, ensure that the locks have been re-keyed since the last resident moved. Do you know everyone who has a key to your home? (Even if the home is new, it may have been master-keyed for access by workmen and the locks should be rekeyed to ensure that you have the only key to your home.) Make an inventory of your property and valuables. Use a video camera to memorialize valuable possessions. Otherwise, if your property is lost or stolen, you may have difficulty convincing the insurance company what you owned and had stolen. If you have a home security system, do you arm it every time you leave the house? It only takes a burglar a few minutes to get in, locate your valuables and be gone. Get to know your neighbors. They are your first line of defense if you ever need help. Let them know when you will be gone and who to expect to be at your house. Ask them to report any strange people or activity to the police. Tell them you will be happy to do the same for them. Get an answering machine. A popular ploy of burglars is to call your house to see if you are home, then go to your house. If the phone is still ringing, they know it is safe to come in. However, keep in mind that one out of four burglaries occur while the residents are in the house. While you are away from home: Lock your car every time you leave it, even to go into a convenience store. Walk assertively, look around, be aware of your surroundings and the people near you. Avoid places where you feel uncomfortable. Lock your car doors when driving, especially in unfamiliar areas or at night.

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IF WE CAN BE OF ANY SERVICE TO YOU IN MAKING YOUR HOME MORE SECURE, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CALL US – OUR GOAL IS TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE.

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