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Home Security Check

Lots of people are careless about locking their homes. Many criminals pick their victims by looking at what home is easy to break into. Below are some suggestions to deter this type of crime.

Print out this form now and go through your own home or apartment. Your life may depend on it.

Home Security Assessment

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_____ _____Sturdy entry doors

_____ _____All exterior locks are deadbolts into the stud

_____ _____Peephole/Viewer

_____ _____Locks re-keyed if lost or stolen

_____ _____Entry lights

_____ _____Use of timer, so home is lit in evening

_____ _____Motion detector

_____ _____Windows - working locks

_____ _____Dowels, locks or nails to stop outside entry through windows

_____ _____ Screens, add security

_____ _____ Double secure basement windows

_____ _____Curtains or blinds to block direct view

_____ _____ Secure entry through garage

_____ _____ Garage door opener - out of sight

_____ _____ Lighted parking area

_____ _____ Join Neighborhood Watch

_____ _____ Secure garage entry

_____ _____ Remove exterior identification of female occupant

_____ _____ Trim bushes or shrubs

_____ _____ Phone

_____ _____ Security decals, warning of alarm or dog

_____ _____ Dog

_____ _____ Mace or pepper spray

_____ _____ Sound alarm

_____ ____ Flashlight

Locksmiths will install two deadbolts and a peephole for about $85.

Dowels to put in the sliding tray of a patio door and most windows cost about $.50 .

Each dowel can be cut to fit with a table knife.

You may want to paint the dowel the color of the tray and add a string or tape around the center for easy removal.

Security sprays, decals, and alarms are available from Radio Shack, KMart and similar stores.



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