Doors and Entry Areas

  • Are your doors of solid core construction?
  • Do entry doors have a wide-angle viewer?
  • Are the door locks secure if a burglar breaks out the glass or a panel of the door?
  • Do exterior doors have cylinder-type deadbolt locks with at least a one-inch throw and a beveled cylinder guard?
  • Do the doors without cylinder locks have a heavy bolt or some similar secure device that can be operated only from the inside?
  • Can all of your doors (porch, French, balcony) be securely locked?
  • Are all your locks in good repair?
  • Are the door strike plates installed with at least three-inch wood screws?
  • Do you know everyone who has a key to your house?
  • Do all out swinging doors have the hinges pinned or have non-removable pins?
  • Are entry areas unobstructed by shrubbery and other décor to permit maximum visibility?
  • Does the porch light have a minimum 60-watt bulb?
  • Do sliding doors have auxiliary locks, that secure both the door panels together?
  • Do sliding glass doors lift out of the track?
  • Is the garage door secured with a padlock, hasp, or other auxiliary lock?
  • Do you lock your garage door at night?
  • Do you lock your garage door when you are away from home?
  • Do you lock your car and take the keys even when it is parked in your garage?

Windows

  • Are all windows equipped with auxiliary key locks or pinned?
  • Are your window locks properly secured, mounted?
  • Do you keep your windows locked when they are shut?
  • Do you use locks that allow you to secure a window that is partly opened?
  • Do you have secure locks on garage windows?
  • Do you have garage windows that are covered by curtains?
  • Are second floor windows as secure as those on the first floor?

Safety Practices

  • Are your alarm systems activated with audible alarm when you leave?
  • Are your alarm system signs displayed where potential thieves will see them?
  • Do you notify your neighbors when out of town?
  • Do you stop newspaper deliveries when away?
  • Are lights installed around the perimeter of your home?
  • Do you keep excess cash and other valuables in a bank?
  • Do you “hide” a key under the door mat?
  • Are your trees and shrubs trimmed to eliminate hiding places?
  • Have you made it more difficult for the burglar to gain access to a second floor or roof!
  • Have you told your family what to do if they discover a burglar breaking in or already in the house?
  • Do you have emergency telephone numbers listed by your phone?
  • Do you keep a list of the serial numbers for your cameras, TV’s, VCR’s and other similar items?
  • Do you have a description of other valuable property that does not have an assigned number?

If you’re going out of town for an extended time, consider calling Austell Police at 770-944-4318 to request a daily security check while you are away.