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Security Checklist

The following checklist is designed to help you improve security in your home.

Around your house


  • Entrance doors should have a solid core.
  • Doors should fit tightly into door jambs and strike plates must be secure.
  • If hinge pins are outside, they should be non-removable.
  • When closed, sliding doors need a metal bar to fill the inside track.
  • Locks on the inside of the door should be at least 40 inches from glass.
  • Use deadbolt locks that extend at least 1 inch into the strike plate.
  • Locks should be replaced after you take possession of your new home.
  • Install a wide-angle peep hole, if possible
  • Double hung windows should be pinned.
  • Metal windows need a lock or metal bar in addition to a catch.
  • Basement windows should be Plexiglass or have security bars.
  • Windows left open for ventilation should be secured.
  • Curtains or blinds should fully cover windows.
  • Air conditioners should be secured from the inside.
  • Keep shrubs cut below window level.
  • Your house number should be easily visible from the street.
  • Make sure front and back doorways are well lit or spot lit.
  • Keep bicycles, lawn mowers, and other gear inside and out of sight.
  • Join Neighbourhood Watch, and display the decals on your front and back doors.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked when not in use.
  • Remove vehicle keys and lock vehicles in the garage.
  • Have a light inside the garage.
  • Alarms should protect the full perimeter of your residence.
While on holiday
  • Stop delivered items such as newspapers and milk.
  • Store valuables in a safety deposit box.
  • Use timers to automatically turn lights on and off.
  • Have a neighbour or friend pick up hand bills and mail.
  • Arrange to have the grass cut
Your personal security
  • If somebody asks to use your phone, have them wait outside while you make the call for them.
  • Do not give out personal information to telephone solicitors.
  • If you arrive home and suspect a break-in, leave and call the police.
  • Never indicate that you're not home on your telephone answering machine.
  • If you lose your keys, change your locks.


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