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Home Security Handbook

Home Security Handbook

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Published by: RonFisher on Jan 26, 2010
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Home SecurityHandbook
California Attorney General’s OfficeCrime and Violence Prevention Center
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Introduction
When was the last time you heard about a house being burglarized? Maybe youhave been hit yourself. Not a good feeling, is it?You don’t have to be a victim of burglary. While it is one of the most frequentlycommitted crimes, it’s preventable. Most home burglaries are done by opportun-ists who spot an open window, a faulty lock or a house that looks like no one’sgoing to be around for a while. In California, nearly one third of all burglaries areclassified as “no-force entries” because the burglars simply walked in through anunlocked door or climbed in an open window.You can reduce the chance that this will happen to you. Read this booklet to findout what you need to do. Most of the suggestions will cost you very little, butthey will contribute immensely to your peace of mind. They will also safeguardyour property.Remember — lock your doors and windows when you leave your home. If youhave an alarm, use it. Don’t become a crime statistic, and please share this bookwith your neighbor.
Home Security Survey
No house is absolutely burglar-proof when professional burglars target yourhome. But they would be the first to admit that you can discourage burglars ifyou beef up your home security. You can begin this process by identifying yourweak areas and fixing them.The checklist below will assist you in systematically surveying your home. Every“No” check mark shows a weak point that may let a burglar into your home. Ifyou have security risks, read this handbook to find out how to correct them. Asyou eliminate the “No” check marks, you improve your protection.Remember, this survey will only identify your weak areas. You have not im-proved your home security until these are corrected. Complying with thesesuggestions will not, of course, make your home burglar-proof, but it will certainlyimprove your protection.If you would like professional advice and assistance in a thorough home securitysurvey, call your local law enforcement agency. To keep your guard up, take acritical look at your home security every three to four months. Do not become lax — crime prevention is a continuous process.
 
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Door And Entry Areas
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1.Do you plan so that you do not need to “hide” a key underthe doormat or similar place?
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2.Do you know everyone who has a key to your house?(Or are keys still in the possession of previousowners and friends?)
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3.Are entry areas unobstructed by shrubbery and other decorto permit maximum visibility?
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4.Are your trees and shrubs trimmed to eliminate hiding places?
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5.Are lights installed around the perimeter of your house?
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6.Do the front, back or side porch lights have a minimum60-watt bulb?
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7.Are your exterior doors of solid core construction?
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8.Do entry doors have a 190
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wide angle viewer?
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9.Do exterior doors have cylinder-type dead bolt locks with atleast a one-inch throw and beveled cylinder guard?
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10.Do the doors without cylinder locks have a heavy bolt orsome similar secure device that can be operatedonly from the inside?
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11.Can all of your doors (basement, porch, french or balcony)be securely locked?
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12.Do your basement doors have locks that allow you to isolatethat part of your house?
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13.Are all your locks in good repair?
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14.Are the door strike plates (the jambfastening that receivesthe bolt in the locking position) installed with three-inchscrews?
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15.Do all out-swinging doors have locking pins or non-removablehinges with pins?
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16.Do sliding doors have an auxiliary lock that locks both thedoor panels together? Or do you have a lock that locks theactive side to the frame?
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17.Is the garage door secured with a padlock, hasp or other goodauxiliary lock? And do you use it?
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18.Do you lock your garage door at night?
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19.Do you lock your garage door when you are away from home?
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20.Do you lock your garage door leading into the house?
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21.Do you lock your car and take the keys out even when it isparked in your garage or driveway?
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