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Is Your home secure?

For each of the following questions, for Yes or Always, give yourself 10 points for Sometimes, give yourself 5 points for No or Never thought about it, 0 points


  1. I turn on my front porch light at night.
  2. I turn on a light in the back of my house at night.
  3. I keep at least one light on all night in my house.
  4. My first floor windows are closed and locked securely at night and when I am away from home.
  5. I do not keep power tools in my garage.
  6. I keep my garage locked.
  7. My garage alley windows are boarded or barred.
  8. I park my car far back in my driveway.
  9. I park my car in my garage.
  10. I never leave inviting items in my car. (cell phones, CDs, bags, etc.)
  11. I do not park my car on the street overnight.
  12. I have a gate across my driveway.
  13. My front door is secured with a deadbolt lock.
  14. My rear door is secured with a deadbolt lock.
  15. My side door is secured with a deadbolt lock.
  16. My basement door is secured with a deadbolt lock.
  17. I keep the sales circulars and newspapers picked up around my home.
  18. My home looks like I am there and that I care.
  19. The shrubs and trees in front of my home are not overgrown. They do not provide a hiding place for wannabe criminals.
  20. I report all my losses to 311.
  21. I report suspicious, ongoing activity to 911.
  22. I know both of my neighbors on either side.
  23. I know my neighbors across the street.
  24. I watch out for my neighbors' house and cars.
  25. My basement windows are barred and locked.
  26. My coal chute is secure.
  27. I have a security alarm on my home.
  28. I set the alarm at night and when I am not at home.
  29. My alarm system is monitored by a service.
  30. I have put identification (address, phone number, driver's license number; NOT your social security number) on my power tools, lawnmower, snow blower, etc.



  • Above 240 POINTS Congratulations! You are doing an outstanding job protecting yourself and your possessions.
  • 240 to 215 POINTS Good job! You could do more.
  • 210 to 160 POINTS Beware! You need to improve your security equipment and practices.
  • BELOW 160 POINTS Look out! You're a target!
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