Here Is The Fall Home Security Checklist…

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 | By Cliff Keith | Blog, Featured Posts, Wednesday Seller Tips - Real Estate Know-How For Home Sellers |

Here’s The Fall Home Security Checklist… Here Is The Fall Home Security Checklist...


Here’s The Fall Home Security Checklist… as your guide to protect your family from possible home break-ins with these simple safety measures. If you don’t have your home secured this post is for the average home owner to show areas where they could take action to improve their home’s security.

These are just a few of the steps you may take to decrease the likelihood that you or your home become victims.

Home Security Checklist Exterior Doors:   

Lock all doors at night and every time we leave the house—even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Doors are solid hardwood or metal-clad.

Doors feature wide-angle peepholes at heights everyone can use.

If there are glass panels in or near your doors, they will shattered if the are not re-enforced.

All entryways have a working, keyed entry lock and sturdy deadbolt lock installed into the frame of the door.

Spare keys are kept with a trusted neighbor, not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge, or in the mailbox.

Garage and Sliding Door Security:

The door leading from the attached garage to the house is solid wood or metal-clad and protected with a quality keyed door lock and deadbolt. A good locksmith I have had good luck with for many years is Lockworks Unlimited in Redwood City

The overhead garage door has a lock so that we do not rely solely on the automatic door opener to give security.

Garage doors are all locked when leaving the house.

The sliding glass door has strong, working key locks.

A dowel or pin installed will secure a glass door to prevent the door from being shoved aside or lifted off the track.

Lock your sliding door every night and each time we leave the house.

 Protecting Windows:

Every window in the house has a working key lock or is securely pinned.

Make sure windows are always locked, especially when opened a few inches for ventilation.

Here Is The Fall Home Security Checklist...Outdoor Security:

Trim shrubs and bushes so there is no space for someone to hide.

There are no dark areas around out house, garage, or yard at night that would hide prowlers.

Every outside door has a bright, working light to illuminate visitors.

Floodlights helps to make sure effective illumination.

Outdoor lights are on in the evening—whether someone is at home or not. One way is to install a photo cell or motion-sensitive lighting system.

Our house number is clearly displayed so police and other emergency vehicles can find the house quickly.

Adding security cameras are now an inexpensive and efficient way to see who comes on your property.

Security When Away From Home:

Arrange at least two light timers to turn the lights on and off in a logical sequence When you are away from home for an extended time Here Is The Fall Home Security Checklist...period. Homeland Security has a PDF on  proper lightening, which you can read by going to their site.

Turn on the motion detector or other alarm system (if you have one) when we leave home.

Stop your mail and newspaper deliveries or arrangements for a neighbor/friend to pick them up when we go away from home for a your vacation or business trip.

Ask a neighbor to tend the yard and watch your home when you are away. The Neighborhood Watch Institute has a good website to help Redwood City homeowners.

Outdoor Valuables and Personal Property:

The most forgotten security measure  is to check gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors to make sure they are all locked with high-security, laminated padlocks.

Some items we use regularly like grills, lawn mowers, and other valuables are best out of sight in a locked garage or shed.  If that is not practical and they need to be left out in the open, make sure they are hidden from view with a tarp. To add a help touch securely locked to a stationary point.

Lock every bicycle with a U-bar lock or quality padlock and chain.

Make sure you always lock your bikes, even if we leave them for just a minute.

Store firearms unloaded and locked in storage safes and secured with trigger guard locks.

Inscribe your valuable items, such as television, stereos, and computers with identifying number approved by local police.

Our home inventory is up-to-date and includes pictures. Keep your inventory work sheet in a location outside of the house. There are various ways to mark your possession. The one I like best is forensic marking.

Home Security Checklist – Redwood City – San Carlos Real Estate,  is only a guide to help you. Thieves are difficult to stop 100%.  Be careful out there. Please use caution and think it through to protect yourself and your family.

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