Burglary Prevention Test


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It is probably impossible to make your home completely burglary proof. However, our experience has shown that there are several preventive measures that homeowners can take to make it more difficult for burglars to enter your home; you can discourage them before they even attempt to force their way in.

Please read the following information carefully, and you will find many ways to keep the "bad guys" away.

Fredrick W. Stevens

Chief of Police

Tiffin Police Department


This checklist is designed to help you make a security check of your own home. The purpose of a home security inspection is to identify features in your home or daily routines of your family which might make your home an easy target for a burglar. The security inspection should begin at your front door, include an inspection of all your doors and windows, locks, lights and landscaping.


Are all outside doors in the house of metal or solid wood construction? Yes___No___

Are all door frames strong enough and tight enough to prevent forcing or spreading? Yes___No___

Are door hinges protected from removal from outside? Yes___No___

Are there windows in any door or within 40 inches of the locks? Yes___No___

Are all door locks adequate and in good repair? Yes___No___

Are strikes and strike plates adequate and property installed? Yes___No___

Can the locking mechanism be reached through a mail slot, delivery port or a pet entrance at doorway? Yes___No___

Is there a screen or storm door with an adequate lock: Yes___No___

Are all entrances lighted with at least a 40 watt light? Yes___No___

Can front entrance be observed from street or public areas? Yes___No___

Does porch or landscaping offer concealment from view from street or public areas? Yes___No___

If there is a sliding glass door, is the sliding panel secured from being lifted out of the track? Yes___No___

Is "charley-bar" or key operated auxiliary lock used on sliding glass door? Yes___No___


Are all entrances to living quarters from basement of metal or solid wood? Yes___No___

Does door from garage to living quarters have locks adequate for exterior entrance? Yes___No___


Do all windows have adequate locks in operating condition? Yes___No___

Do windows have screens or storm windows that lock from inside? Yes___No___

Do any windows open onto areas that may be hazardous or offer special risk to burglary? Yes___No___

Do windows that open to hazardous areas have security screens or grills? Yes___No___

Are exterior areas to windows free from concealing structure or land- scaping? Yes___No___

Is exterior adequately lighted at all window areas? Yes___No___

Are trees and shrubbery kept trimmed back from upper floor windows? Yes___No___

Are ladders kept outside the house where they are accessible? Yes___No___


Is there a door from outside to the basement? Yes___No___

If so that door adequately security for an exterior door? Yes___No___

Is outside basement entrance lighted by exterior light of at least 40 watts? Yes___No___

Is outside basement door concealed from street or neighbors? Yes___No___

Are all basement windows adequately secured against entry? Yes___No___


Is automobile entrance door to garage equipped with adequate locking device? Yes___No___

Is garage door kept closed and locked at all times? Yes___No___

Are garage windows secured adequately for ground floor windows? Yes___No___

Is outside utility entrance to garage as secure as required for any ground floor entrance? Yes___No___

Are tools and ladders kept in garage? Yes___No___

Are all garage doors lighted on the outside by at least a 40 watt light? Yes___No___


 1. Garages--Should be as secure as any other area of the house because:

A. They often contain ladders and tools which could be helpful to a burglar.

B. Attached garages provide visual cover for a burglary.

2. House Number--Should be clearly displayed front and back.

3. Lights--Exterior flood lights (front and back) and over garage are recommended. Interior-timed lighting devices should be utilized when not at home.

4. Basement Windows--Often overlooked by homeowners, basement windows should be secured to prevent forcing. Window locks should not be vulnerable if the glass is broken. Screening materials can be used effectively on these window wells or on window framing.

5. Doors--Solid core wood doors with rugged frames that cannot spread apart with a pry bar are recommended.

6. Door Locks--Quality dead bolt locks having a minimum 1-inch throw are recommended. These should be mounted so one cannot open the door after breaking a window. Mounting the lock low on the door can some- times eliminate this problem. In other cases, a double cylinder lock will solve the problem.

7. Shrubs--Should be kept low enough so as not to block possible points of entry or to conceal a potential attacker.

8. Windows--Glass is most vulnerable to attack. Fortunately, many burglars are reluctant to break windows because of noise and because windows are often visible from the street or from neighboring dwellings. Windows hidden from view must be most securely protected!

 Each question on the checklist to which you have answered no indicate a security weakness which is a concern to us as we seek to protect you and your property.

This information is provided by the Tiffin Police Department
and the National Crime Prevention Council.




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