I’m concerned about home security, do you have any suggestions?
HOME SECURITY CHECKLIST
At Kwikset we are committed to improving your security with quality door hardware products. We also have prepared the following checklist to help you make your house a safe place to be.
Around your house...
- Install a wide-angle peep hole.
- 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.
- Door 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.
- Door locks should be replaced after you take possession of your new home.
- 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 Neighborhood Watch and Operation Identification, 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.
Around your apartment ...
- Open the lobby door only for people you know. Unknown or suspicious persons should be reported to the building superintendent.
- Use your initials and last name to identify yourself on the lobby list.
- When moving in, have the superintendent change the locks.
- If you are out, arrange for deliveries to be received by the building superintendent or a neighbor.
- Check the elevator before you enter it and stay near the control panel.
- Do not go into laundry rooms alone.
- Check your car before entering it.
- Keep your car locked and remove any valuable portable items.
- Do not store valuable items in an apartment locker.
- Alarms monitored 24 hours by a Central Alarm Station service are recommended.
- Alarms should protect the full perimeter of your residence.
While on vacation...
- Stop delivered items such as newspaper subscriptions.
- Store valuables in a safety deposit box.
- Use timers to automatically turn lights on and off.
- Have a neighbor or friend pick up hand bills and mail.
- Arrange to have snow shoveled and the grass cut.
Your personal security
- Do not open the door until you confirm the person's identity.
- 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 door locks.