Lynn Police Department
HOME SECURITY CHECKLIST
checklist is designed to help perform a security survey of your home.
A “NO” signifies a possible weakness in your home’s security.
[ ] [ ] Are all outside doors of metal or solid wood construction?
[ ] [ ] Are all door frames strong and tight enough to prevent forcing and spreading?
[ ] [ ] Are door hinges protected from removal from the outside?
[ ] [ ] Are all windows further than 40 inches from the door locks?
[ ] [ ] Are all door locks adequate and in good repair?
[ ] [ ] Are strikers and striker plates adequate and properly installed?
[ ] [ ] Are locks out of reach of mail slots, delivery ports and pet entrances?
[ ] [ ] Are all screen and storm door locks adequate and in good repair?
[ ] [ ] Are all entrances lighted with at least a 40 watt light?
[ ] [ ] Can the front entrance be observed from a street or a public area?
[ ] [ ] Is the sliding glass door panel secured from being lifted out?
[ ] [ ] Is a “charley-bar” or keyed auxiliary lock used on the sliding glass door?
[ ] [ ] Are all window locks adequate and in good repair?
[ ] [ ] Do windows have screens and storm windows that lock from inside?
[ ] [ ] Do windows that open into hazardous areas have security screens or grills?
[ ] [ ] Are exterior areas of windows free from concealing structures and landscapes?
[ ] [ ] Are trees and shrubbery kept trimmed back from windows?
[ ] [ ] Are ladders put away?
Going on a Trip
[ ] [ ] Do you stop all deliveries or arrange for neighbors to pick up papers, mail and
packages when you leave on a trip?
[ ] [ ] Do you notify a neighbor that you are leaving?
[ ] [ ] Do you notify the Police Department and request a property Check before you
[ ] [ ] Do you leave some shades up so the house doesn’t look deserted?
[ ] [ ] Do you arrange to keep your lawn and garden in shape and if needed, snow
shoveled off driveway?
Basement Doors & Windows
[ ] [ ] Is the basement door adequately secure for an exterior door?
[ ] [ ] Is outside basement entrance lighted by an exterior light of at least 40 watts?
[ ] [ ] Are all basement widows secured against entrance?
Garage Doors & Windows
[ ] [ ] Is automotive entrance equipped with a locking device?
[ ] [ ] Is the garage door kept closed and locked at all times?
[ ] [ ] Are garage windows secured as ground floor windows?
[ ] [ ] Is outside entrance to garage as secure as required for any ground floor
[ ] [ ] Are tools and ladders kept in the garage?
[ ] [ ] Are all garage doors lighted on the outside by at least a 40 watt bulb?
[ ] [ ] Do you lock your car and take the keys out even when it is parked in the
[ ] [ ] Do you plan so you won’t need to hide a key?
[ ] [ ] Do you keep cash and valuable items in a bank or bonded storage?
[ ] [ ] Do you keep a list of valuable property?
[ ] [ ] Do you have a list of serial numbers of items in your home?
[ ] [ ] Do you have a description of items without serial numbers in your home?
[ ] [ ] Do you avoid unnecessary display or publicity of your valuables?
[ ] [ ] Have you told your family what to do if they discover a burglar breaking in
or already in the house?
[ ] [ ] Have you told your family what to do if they discover the house has been
[ ] [ ] Do you know the number of your local police department?
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Captain Leonard Desmarais
Lynn Police Department
300 Washington Street
Lynn, MA 01902