Security Survey Checklist:As a service to the public, the following Security Checklist can help
in preparing for a consultation with your local Security Professional.
( A Vacation or Traveling check-list follows the 5-Step Plan )
5 Step Prevention Plan
STEP 1 - LIST ALL VALUABLES
In addition to listing it is recommended that you etch all property in two places with your drivers license number and the state abbreviation. EXAMPLE: KY 1000000
For nondescriptive articles such as jewelry, coins, antiques, etc.;
- Photograph the articles.
- List the information needed on the back of the pictures.
- Once you have completed the information, store this document with other important papers in a safe place.
STEP 2 - DOOR & WINDOW SECURITY
All exterior doors should be secured with the following:
- Quality single cylinder deadbolt, with 1" throw, for solid doors.
- Quality double cylinder deadbolt, with 1" throw, for glass style doors.
- 190 degree peephole or interviewing grill to view front.
- Hinge studs for the hinges.
- Heavy-duty lock strike with 4" screws.
- All casement and louvered windows should be secured with the following:
- Casement lock device.
- Louver window "S" style anti-movement device.
- Security grill bars.
- All sliding glass doors should be secured with the following to
prevent vertical and horizontal movement:
- Anti-lift devices.
- Patio security pin.
- Keyed patio door lock.
- Charlie bar.
- All wood style windows should be secured with the following:
- Keyed sash window lock.
- Ventilation window lock.
- Wood or metal rods in window track.
- All metal style windows should be secured with the following to
prevent vertical or horizontal movement:
- Anti-lift devices.
- Thumb turn locking devices.
- Keyed sliding window locks.
- All garage doors should be secured with the following:
- Heavy duty padlock covering.
- Garage slide bolt.
- Quality padlock for the garage slide bolt.
- Cane bolt on the lower inside center into cement floor.
STEP 3 - LIGHTING
For cost effective exterior & interior security, the following is recommended:
For exterior lighting;
- Place 40 watt bulb at the front entrance, 60 watt bulbs at back & side entrances.
- In addition, place flood lights under eave corners.
For interior lighting;
- Place lights & timers in rooms that would give the appearance of normal living habits.
- Radios and TV's can be tied into the timer circuits also.
STEP 4 - SMOKE ALARMS & SAFES
For additional self-assurance, the following is recommended:
- Place smoke detectors where you and family members can be alerted quickly.
- Secure valuables and important documents in a fire-rated safe, or fire proof safety deposit box.
- Keep a fire extinguisher on each floor of your home and be sure each family member can use it.
- Keep any firearms in a safe vault.
STEP 5 - ADDITIONAL SECURITY STEPS
- Place emergency numbers near phones.
- Lock outside power and fuse boxes.
- Trim shrubbery to provide good visibility.
- Join the neighborhood awareness programs.
- If you live alone, be sure that exterior mailbox name plates conceal that fact.
- Inform a trusted neighbor when you are going to be away for any length of time.
- Also, inform the newspaper delivery service, milkman, post office, etc.
- Never open a door without knowing who is there.
- Do not admit strangers.
- Be alert to strangers in your neighborhood. Jot down license
numbers, car descriptions & description of person(s).
- For extra protection, install a burglar & fire alarm system.
- For additional window protection - install wrought-iron bars, but only with panic exit releases.
Preventative Steps 1-5, and a consultation with your local Association Security Professional, will go a long way in keeping you, your loved ones and your property from becoming another crime statistic.
Vacation or Traveling Plan
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
- 1. Have your vacation planned out. Know where you are going and where you should be at certain times.
- 2. Take phone numbers of relatives or friends with you in case of emergencies that arise.
- 3. Make sure you pack flashlights and flares
in your travel kit.
- 4. Inform only a trusted neighbor and police
of your travel plans. Then they can watch
your home while you're gone.
- 5. Don't leave extra keys under door mats or
flower pots. Instead, give them to the
trusted neighbor watching your home.
- 6. Stop deliveries, such as milk, paper and mail.
- 7. Make provisions for someone to cut your
- 8. Have your neighbors check the inside of
your home daily and change the position of
window coverings every few days.
- 9. Keep records of the serial numbers of each
major valuable purchased with you or in a
safe place. (Photo or engrave)
- 10. Use electric timers that will automatically
turn interior and exterior lights on or off.
- 11. Double check all windows and doors for
total security. Secure all areas of weakness
before you leave.
- 1. Don't leave your keys with parking
- 2. Carry a smoke & intrusion alarm with you
while staying in a motel or hotel.
- 3. Lock car doors at all times.
- 4. Do not leave valuables (camera, money,
jewelry, etc.) in hotel room or exposed in
- 5. Witness all repair work of your vehicle, if
necessary and possible.
- 6. Don't flash money or valuables around.
Carry small dollars and change, etc.
- 7. Don't let strangers borrow your property.
- 8. Don't leave children unattended while
shopping or when going out for a short time.
- 9. Carry a portable travel lock for additional
security at hotel doors.
WHEN YOU RETURN
- 1. Check all doors and windows to be sure no
intrusion attempts were made while you
- 2. Make sure everything is in its right place.
- 3. Start deliveries again.
- 4. Let neighbors know you are home.
- 5. RELAX!