When was the last time you heard about a house being burglarized? Maybe you have been hit yourself. Not a good feeling, is it?
You don’t have to be a victim of burglary. While it is one of the most frequently committed crimes, it’s preventable. Most home burglaries are done by opportunists who spot an open window, a faulty lock or a house that looks like no one’s going to be around for a while. In California, nearly one third of all burglaries are classified as “no-force entries” because the burglars simply walked in through an unlocked door or climbed in an open window.
You can reduce the chance that this will happen to you. Read this booklet to find out what you need to do. Most of the suggestions will cost you very little, but they will contribute immensely to your peace of mind. They will also safeguard your property.
Remember — lock your doors and windows when you leave your home. If you have an alarm, use it. Don’t become a crime statistic, and please share this book with your neighbor.
Home Security Survey
No house is absolutely burglar-proof when professional burglars target your home. But they would be the first to admit that you can discourage burglars if you beef up your home security. You can begin this process by identifying your weak areas and fixing them.
The checklist below will assist you in systematically surveying your home. Every “No” check mark shows a weak point that may let a burglar into your home. If you have security risks, read this handbook to find out how to correct them. As you eliminate the “No” check marks, you improve your protection.
Remember, this survey will only identify your weak areas. You have not improved your home security until these are corrected. Complying with these suggestions will not, of course, make your home burglar-proof, but it will certainly improve your protection.
If you would like professional advice and assistance in a thorough home security survey, call your local law enforcement agency. To keep your guard up, take a critical look at your home security every three to four months. Do not become lax — crime prevention is a continuous process.
HOME SECURITY CHECK LIST
USE THIS AS A GUIDE AS YOU CHECK YOUR HOME FOR SAFETY MEASURES. BOXES MARKED “NO” INDICATE AREAS WHERE YOU CAN TAKE SOME ACTION TO IMPROVE YOUR HOME’S SECURITY. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO DECREASE YOUR LIKELIHOOD THAT YOUR HOME IS TARGETED FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.
GARAGE & SLIDING DOOR SECURITY:
SECURITY WHEN AWAY:
OUTDOOR VALUABLES & PERSONAL PROPERTY: