Security Tips and Checklists

Do you know your level of risk?

As the home and business owner, you can significantly reduce your security risks by implementing a plan that includes installing security technology, training family and employees on the use of the security system, and identifying vulnerable spaces in your environment.

Review our security checklists below to identify where action could be taken to improve the security of your home and business. You can use these lists as a guide to identifying whether your security meets requirements. Take your planning further by consulting with your insurance company, police and other authorities regarding local crime to rate the level of crime risk.

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Provide adequate interior and exterior lighting. Interior lighting should be visible to those outside. Exterior lighting should illuminate dark areas around buildings and parking lots.

Install an obvious video surveillance system to serve as a powerful visual deterrent and help in the identification of criminals.

Advertise the existence of these systems with warning stickers and/or signs in visible spots such as front doors to deter potential criminals.

Install a safe with a mechanism to make periodic drops during the day to minimise the amount of cash in registers.

Install signs stating that cash is not kept on the premises overnight.

After Hours
Ensure that your monitoring centre provides a ‘Late to Close’ service to ensure you are notified if you forget to set the alarm at the end of the trading day.

Install an integrated monitored alarm system including glass breakage detectors, door / window reed switches to detect attempted intrusion.

Train your employees to be security aware and provide the first line of defence in loss prevention by greeting or acknowledging every customer who enters. Provide personal service to as many customers as possible.

Reduce advertising banners on front windows and large displays in the middle of the store that can obstruct the views.

Use background checks and other methods to screen all employees before hiring as a defence against internal theft and train new staff about security and safety practices.

Install a duress alarm in case of attempted robbery. Ensure that alarm activation and response protocols are reviewed and tested by the monitoring centre on a regular (at least annual) basis.

Exterior Security

Shrubs and bushes are pruned so that there is no place for an intruder to hide.

Floodlights or a motion-sensitive lighting system are used appropriately to ensure effective lighting of any dark areas around the house and grounds.

Outdoor lights are on in the evening, whether we are at home or away.

Ladders are all secured, trellises and drainpipes giving access to the upper floors of the house have been protected.

Gates, garage and shed doors are locked after every use.

Bar-B-Q’s, lawn mowers, and other garden resources are stored in a locked garage or shed, or if left out in the open, they are locked to an immobile fixture.

Our house number or name is clearly displayed, so that police or other emergency services can find the house without delay.

External Doors
Outside doors are strong, of solid hardwood or metal, and any glass panels in or around doors have been reinforced, so that they cannot be easily broken.

Doors are fitted with a quality dead bolt lock into the frame of the door.

Doors are locked at night and when we leave the house, even if only for a few minutes.

Extra keys are retained with a trusted neighbour and never hidden under a doormat or anywhere outside the house.

Window Security
Every window in the house has an efficient key lock or is securely pinned.

Windows are always locked including when they are opened slightly for ventilation.

Consider using window bars or grills (recommended in high-risk areas or for extra valuable contents).

Garage Protection
All garage doors are locked when leaving the house.

The door connecting the garage to the house is solid wood or metal and secured with a strong lock and dead bolt.

The garage door is fitted with a strong security lock, preferably fixed into the floor.

Sliding Doors
The sliding glass door has strong suitable key locks. A fastener has been fitted to prevent the door from being impelled or lifted off its track.

The sliding door is locked every night and whenever we are away from home.

General Security
 The car door is always locked and the key removed even when it is locked in the garage.

We have a security safe for the protection of all our valuables and deposit them with our bank while away on holiday.

We keep an up to date inventory of all our valuable property and a duplicate copy is kept in a secure place outside the home.

Valuable items, such as television, stereos, and computers have been security marked with an identifying number in a manner approved by the local police.

We have emergency telephone numbers listed by our telephone.