by Carmen Lobis, Director Business Development, ProtectorXT
As a homeowner, you’ve most likely taken the time to create a fire emergency plan for your family, with escape routes and rendezvous points, along with a regular schedule to practice fire drills, remove hazards, and check smoke detectors. But have you taken similar steps to prepare for a burglary, home invasion, natural disaster, or other event that could jeopardize your family or property? When it comes to protecting your house and loved ones, information is your first line of defense. A home security checklist will help to fill the gaps in your contingency planning and let you sleep better at night.
At the top of the list: firearms. If someone does enter your home illegally, your guns are both your primary protection and potentially your greatest threat, so they should take top priority in your planning. When at home, make sure loaded firearms are secured— either stored in a purpose-built safe or gun locking station, like the one I describe below. As part of your home security plan, you should also develop a before-bed routine to ensure that you double-check the status of every gun in the house before retiring. When you plan to be away from home, securely lock and store all firearms. Along with jewelry and electronics, guns are often a favorite target for burglars.
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Some other items to put on your checklist:
- Designate a safe room, such as a master bedroom, where family members should quickly go in case of an emergency.
- Make sure all valuables (including guns) are inscribed with a trackable ID code or serial number approved by local law enforcement. Keep a photo record of the important items in your home, and store a copy at another location as backup.
- Install timers on at least two inside lights, and motion-sensor devices on at least two outdoor lights.
- Outside, keep foliage trimmed to eliminate potential hiding places; remove tree limbs near your home that could allow an intruder access to an upper-floor window.
- Never leave house keys under mats, in flowerpots, or any other outdoor location near entranceways. Instead, leave a key with a trusted neighbor.
- When away from home for extended periods, arrange to have mail and newspapers picked up, and notify local police of your schedule so they can make routine checks of your home. Make sure you provide your alarm company with a list of emergency contacts who can act on your behalf while you’re away.