Security Tips

  • 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 watch-dog 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.

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