Use this guide as you check your home for safety measures. Column “no” indicates areas where you could take action to improve your home’s security. These are just some of of the steps you can take to decrease the likelihood that you or your home is targeted.

Exterior Doors                                                                               Yes               No

  • All doors are locked at night and every time we leave the house – even for
    just 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 our doors, they are reinforced in some
    way so they can not be shattered.
  • 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 a mailbox.

Garage Sliding Doors

  • The door leading from an attached garage into the house is solid wood
    or metal-clad with a keyed door lock and deadbolt.
  • The overhead garage door has has a lock.
  • Garage doors are all locked when leaving the house.
  • The sliding glass door has a strong, key lock.
  • A dowel or pin to secure a glass door has been installed to prevent lifting
    off track. It is locked every night.


  • Every window in your house has a working key lock or is security pinned.
  • Windows are always locked, even when they are opened a few inches for

Outdoor Security

  • Shrubs and bushes are trimmed so there are no hiding places.
  • There are no dark areas around our house, garage, or yard that could
    hide prowlers.
  • Every outside door has a bright, working light to illuminate visitors.
  • Floodlights are used appropriately to ensure effective illumination.
  • Outdoor lights are on in the evening – on an auto timer, photo-cell or
    motion sensors.
  • Our house number, is clearly displayed so police and other emergency
    vehicles can find the house quickly.

Security When Away from Home

  • At least two light timers have been set to lights on and off in logical
  • Alarm system has been activated when leaving home.
  • Mail and newspaper deliveries stopped.
  • A neighbor will tend the yard and watch the house while we’re away.

Outdoor Valuables and Personal Property

  • Gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors are all locked with high-security, laminated padlocks.
  • Gate latches, garage doors, and shed doors are locked after every use.
  • Grills, lawn mowers, and other valuables are stored in a locked garage or shed, or if left out in the open, are hidden from view with a tarp and securely locked to a stationary point.
  • Every Bicycle is secured with a U-bar lock or quality padlock and chain.
  • Bikes are always locked, even if we leave them for just a minute.
  • Firearms are stored unloaded and locked in storage boxes and secured with trigger guard locks.
  • Valuable items, such as television, stereos, and computers have been inscribed with identifying number approved by local police.
  • Our home inventory is up-to-date and includes pictures. A complete copy is kept somewhere out of the house.


September 2014

Additional Articles in September 2014 newsletter include:

Leadership: Restoring order during catastrophic chaos

Growing your own food all year

Emergency Preparedness for people with disabilities

Introducing the UV Paqlite

Solar Moroccan Style Meatballs from our Solar Chef

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