Home Safety Check List

How safe is your home? Certain things can leave you more open to getting ripped off and robbed by crooks, thieves and low-down dirty robbers. Do you know what to look out for? Here’s a list of 50 ways your home is vulnerable to crime. #37 is weird because not everyone lives…well, you’ll see.

1. Your home does not have a QUALITY video surveillance system
2. You don’t have adequate outdoor lighting
3. Your front door does not have a deadbolt
4. Unlocked doors
5. Unlocked gates
6. Unlocked garage doors
7. Open garage doors
8. Open windows
9. Unlocked windows
10. Unlocked storage sheds
11. Unsecured screen or storm doors
12. Doors, windows or gates need repair
13. Overgrown landscaping
14. Working in your back yard with your front door unlocked
15. Your patio door does not have a strong metal rod in the track for reinforcement
16. You did not reinforce your French doors with deadbolts or security bar
17. You let newspapers and mail pile up when you are away
18. You announce on social media that you are on vacation
19. You post vacation pics on social media
20. You leave notes on the front door
21. You don’t have a home surveillance sign in your yard, or in your windows
22. An unlit front or back yard
23. You leave valuables in plain view
24. You leave a garage door opener in your car in plain sight
25. Deliveries are left on the porch, patio or other location outside your home
26. Boxes of big ticket items are in your outdoor trash bin
27. Empty garbage cans are left on the street for days at a time
28. Not having your interior/exterior lights on a timer when you are not home
29. Leaving a spare key under the door mat
30. Not changing the locks when you move into a new home
31. Tall bushes in front of windows
32. Un-caged air conditioners
33. You have a predictable routine
34. Lawn equipment left in the back yard
35. An unlocked vehicle in the driveway
36. Leaving your door unlocked when you get the mail or other “quick” errands
37. You live in a non-gated community
38. Your home has low fences that are easy to climb over
39. A neighborhood without a lot of activity
40. Your home address is not easily readable
41. Your big screen TV is easily seen from an open window
42. You live in a high crime neighborhood
43. You don’t have a neighborhood watch
44. You blab to everyone when you won’t be home
45. You have an in-window air conditioner
46. You open the door to solicitors without knowing who is at the door
47. You don’t acknowledge you are home if someone rings the bell
48. You don’t pre-screen service providers or domestic help
49. You give out spare home keys to multiple people
50. Your home address is programmed into your car’s GPS

JK