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DIY Home Security Assessment [With Checklist]

A home security assessment, by a qualified security professional is the ideal place to start on a plan to improving your home security. Our DIY Home Security Assessment checklist is another option.

This DIY checklist is provided for those who would like to do their own assessment, just copy [ highlight the areas you want to print, press the right mouse key, choose print from the menu that drops down.] and print the checklist directly from this page. Take it with you, as you tour your home, be as accurate as you can. Take the completed checklist to your local professional locksmith.

Burglar - Home Security Assessment

Burglar

This is who you are trying to keep out! 

The video shows some of the ways they get in, and what they are looking for!

Do It Yourself, Home Security Assessment Checklist.

Print this form, take it with you, as you tour your home. Take the completed security assessment to your professional locksmith.

 

Exterior Doors
Is landscaping trimmed for visibility? Y[  ]  N[  ] Is there a deadbolt lock with a minimum  1″ throw?
 Is lighting adequate? Y[  ]  N[  ] Front  Y[  ]  N[  ]
 Are garage windows and doors secured? Y[  ]  N[  ] Rear  Y[  ]  N[  ]
 Keys Side  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Was the home rekeyed recently? Y[  ]  N[  ] Sliding  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Does a past housekeeper or service provider still have a key? Y[  ]  N[  ] ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Can all keys be accounted for? Y[  ]  N[  ] ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Windows Are double cylinder or captive thumbturn deadbolts installed in doors with glass in them or nearby?
Are you as careful about locking windows as you are doors?  Y[  ]  N[  ] Front  Y[  ]  N[  ]
 Are there securely mounted, functioning sash locks? Y[  ]  N[  ] Rear  Y[  ]  N[  ]
 Are basement windows securely locked? Y[  ]  N[  ] Side  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Alarms Sliding  Y[  ]  N[  ]
 Is there an electronic alarm present? Y[  ]  N[  ] ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
 Is the alarm monitored? Y[  ]  N[  ] ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Do you check operation regularly?  Y[  ]  N[  ] Is a high security strike used? Is it securely anchored?
 Garage, Sheds, and Gates Front  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Are there properly secured locks? Rear  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Garage  Y[  ]  N[  ] Side  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Sheds  Y[  ]  N[  ] Sliding  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Gates  Y[  ]  N[  ] ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
_______  Y[  ]  N[  ] ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Are doors keyed alike to the house?  Are the locksets keyed alike throughout?
Garage  Y[  ]  N[  ] Front  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Sheds  Y[  ]  N[  ] Rear  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Gates  Y[  ]  N[  ] Side  Y[  ]  N[  ]
_______  Y[  ]  N[  ] Sliding  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Are overhead doors adequately secured? ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Garage  Y[  ]  N[  ] ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Sheds  Y[  ]  N[  ] Is the door and frame satisfactory?
Gates  Y[  ]  N[  ] Front  Y[  ]  N[  ]
_______  Y[  ]  N[  ] Rear  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Doors Side  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Is the primary lock functioning?  Sliding  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Front  Y[  ]  N[  ] ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Rear  Y[  ]  N[  ] ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Side  Y[  ]  N[  ] Is an auxiliary Lock installed on all sliding doors?
Sliding  Y[  ]  N[  ] Front  Y[  ]  N[  ]
________  Y[  ]  N[  ] Rear  Y[  ]  N[  ]
________  Y[  ]  N[  ] Side  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Is there a deadlocking latch? Sliding  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Front  Y[  ]  N[  ] ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Rear  Y[  ]  N[  ] ________  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Side  Y[  ]  N[  ]
Sliding  Y[  ]  N[  ]

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