While central Oklahoma is generally a safe place to live with low crime rates, as a homeowner you should still protect your home from unwanted intruders, both human and otherwise – squirrels and raccoons can wreak havoc in your attic. Below is a starter checklist you can use to help insure your home is protected. This is by no means a complete list. Consult with your local police department for additional suggestions.
Doors & Windows
- Check door locks to make sure they are installed tight and secure.
- Make sure all door locks / dead bolts have keys and function properly.
- Inspect door jambs for any damage or wear.
- Is the glass secured and sealed in your door(s).
- Open and close all windows, testing they close all the way and lock securely.
- Inspect windows for any cracks in the glass.
- Look for and fix any cracks around the window sills.
- Do your windows have security film on them.
- Don’t forget the basement windows. Do they need bars on them?
- Don’t forget garage windows.
- Make sure other entry points such as soffits and vents are secure from intrusion.
- Install / check exterior motion activated lights. Replace / redirect as necessary.
- Consider solar walkway lights for paths leading to all entrances.
- Place and activate outdoor light timers for when you are out of town.
- Cut back any trees or shrubs near entrances that can be used to hide behind.
- Keep limbs away from windows.
- Check fence perimeter for any openings and close off as necessary.
- Check all gates to ensure latches and locks function.
- Keep landscaping and yard maintained so intruders can’t easily hide.
- The garage is easily forgotten. Check all windows and doors just as if they were in the house.
- If you do not park inside the garage, do you take your openers in the house at night?
- Lock away any tools that can be used to gain entry in the home.
- Chemicals should be stored properly.
- Do you have one? Look into one if you do not.
- Check your security system log as you open and close all windows and doors. It should see them.
- Is your alarm code too easy to guess? Should you change it?
- Does your alarm have a battery back up?
- Make sure you lock your shed all the time.
- Is your firearm easily accessible yet secure from children? This can now be done with modern bed-side safes with biometric security.
- Are you proficient in the use of your firearm for home protection? If not you may want to look into classes.
- Do you have a “bug-out bag” in case of a natural disaster? This may include a firearm as well as food, water, medicine and other emergency tools. If you include a firearm in your bag, be sure it is in a safe location away from children.
- Have a plan to defend your family in case of a home intrusion. Know the exits to your home, instruct children on what to do in case of an emergency, have a plan on where to gather after an emergency. A plan should take into account not only a home invasion, but fire, tornado, earthquake and other natural disasters.