Top 50 Home Security Tips From The Experts


You can't be too careful when it comes to securing your home and making sure your family is safe. With so many vulnerabilities, properly securing your home can feel overwhelming. Luckily, state department and police departments from across the country have provided tips to make sure your home is safe and secure.

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  1. Make sure exterior doors are strong enough to withstand impact.
  2. Deadbolt locks with at least a one-inch throw should be installed on all exterior doors.
  3. Your front door should have a peephole that allows you to see 180 degrees.
  4. Sliding glass doors need to be secure from being lifted out of the frame or pulling the door out from the lock.
  5. Accessible windows should be secured enough to discourage break-ins.
  6. Trim trees and shrubs so that you can see all entry points to the house.
  7. Install timers to activate lights inside and outside your house when you are gone.
  8. All entry points to your home should be well-lit at night.
  9. Post your address clearly outside of your home so it can be seen day and night.
  10. Have safety glass or security film on vulnerable windows.
  11. Direct your motion sensor lighting to focus on entry points and vulnerable areas.
  12. Leave extra keys with neighbors or friends, do not keep keys hidden around your yard.
  13. Always keep your doors locked, whether home or away.
  14. Install locks on your fuse box or external power sources.
  15. Keep fire extinguishers on each floor of your home and in the kitchen, make sure everyone in the house knows how to use them.
  16. Periodically check smoke detectors and replace batteries when necessary.
  17. Keep several flashlights around the house and check the batteries frequently, especially if you have children.
  18. Get a family dog. But remember, dogs can be bribed with food or even poisoned. Do not install "doggy doors," as they can admit intruders.
  19. Ask your trusted neighbors to keep an eye on your home, especially during trips.
  20. Keep an updated home inventory, complete with pictures and keep a copy outside your home.
  21. Valuables such as televisions and computers have been inscribed with identifying numbers approved by local police.
  22. Inscribe identifying numbers on televisions, computers and other valuables that have been approved by local police.
  23. Lock bikes with a U-bar lock or quality padlock and chain.
  24. Keep grills, lawn movers or other valuables stored in a locked shed. If you do leave them in the open, cover with a tarp, securely locked to a stationary point.
  25. When you are away from home, arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick up your mail and newspapers.
  26. Have someone tend to your yard while you are away.
  27. Rehearse a safety drill with your family. Be aware of procedures to get out safe and find help.
  28. Let your family members know how to answer the phone, and how to find out who is on the other line before any personal information is given.
  29. Avoid predictable patterns and keep your routine varied.
  30. Always be aware of where your family members are.
  31. Unplug all appliances while you are away from your home.
  32. Have someone shovel your driveway and walkway if you are away in the winter.
  33. Ask a neighbor to park a car in your driveway if you are taking yours on your trip.
  34. Lock all of your jewelry and other valuables in a safe deposit box or home safe.
  35. Do not leave a message on your answering machine letting people know you are away from your home.
  36. Always close your garage door, especially if you are away from home. An empty garage is a tip off to burglars that you are not home.
  37. Keep your car locked without valuables inside. Do not keep the title inside the car. You will need it if it is stolen.
  38. Install a garage door opener with a light. This will help you enter and exit your home safely.
  39. Never open your door to a stranger. Use your peephole to see who is at the door before you open it. Ask for identification before allowing an unknown person to enter.
  40. Don’t give your personal information to an unknown caller.
  41. Do not try to catch a burglar off guard. If you suspect your home is being robbed and you are not inside, call the police from a neighbor's house.
  42. Consider installing security bars on entry point windows that may make your house susceptible to break-ins. Bars must comply with Fire Code requirements.
  43. Fence in the yard.
  44. Plant bushes with thorns or prickly leaves near entry point windows and along fences.
  45. Post a NO SOLICITING sign if you don’t want solicitors coming to your door.
  46. Don’t give maids, babysitters or others working in your home access to your house keys or alarm codes.
  47. Call 911 if you are at home and think someone might be breaking in.
  48. If you own guns make sure they are stored securely in a locked and mounted safe.
  49. Don’t leave notes on your door when you are away from home.
  50. Put Neighborhood Watch, alarm company and Operation ID stickers on entry doors and windows to deter burglars.

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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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