Residential security is a critical component of any personal security program. The following guidelines should be used in reviewing your residential security.
❑All entrances, including service doors and gates, should have quality locks— preferably deadbolt. Check your:
Sliding Glass Door
Swimming Pool Gate
Guest House Door(s)
❑Don’t leave keys “hidden” outside the home. Leave an extra key with a trusted neighbor or colleague.
❑Keep doors locked even when you or family members are at home.
❑Have window locks installed on all windows. Use them.
❑Lock louvered windows—especially on the ground floor.
❑Have locks installed on your fuse boxes and external power sources.
❑If you have window grilles and bars, review fire safety. Don’t block bedroom windows with permanent grilles if the windows may be used for emergency egress.
❑If you have burglar or intrusion alarms, check and use them.
❑Keep at least one fire extinguisher on each floor, and be sure to keep one in the kitchen. Show family members and household help how to use them.
❑Periodically check smoke detectors and replace batteries when necessary.
❑Keep flashlights in several areas in the house. Check the batteries often, especially if you have children in your home. (They love to play with flashlights!)
❑A family dog can be a deterrent to criminals. But remember, even the best watchdog can be controlled by food or poison. Do not install separate “doggy doors” or entrances. They also can admit small intruders.
❑Choose a location that offers the most security. The less remote, the safer your home will be, particularly in a neighborhood close to police and fire protection.
❑Know your neighbors. Develop a rapport with them and offer to keep an eye on each other’s homes, especially during trips.
❑If you observe any unusual activity, report it immediately to your RSO.
❑Establish safe family living patterns. If you understand the importance of your contribution to the family’s overall security, the entire household will be safer.
❑While at home, you and your family should rehearse safety drills and be aware of procedures to escape danger and get help.
❑Educate family members and domestic help in the proper way to answer the telephone at home.
❑Vary daily routines; avoid predictable patterns.
❑Know where all family members are at all times.
❑Use these same guidelines while on leave or in travel status.