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Home Safety

Having a safe environment is key to a happy life in your neighborhood.  It is essential to the safety of your family to practice these basic safety tips:

  • Have good locks on all doors and windows and use them.
  • Never leave your house key hidden outside under a doormat, in a flower pot, or on the ledge of a door.
  • Your garage doors should have good locks.
  • Mark all valuable property with your California Driver's License number or a Department of Motor Vehicles Personal Identification Card number.
  • Be a concerned neighbor. If you see a suspicious person, car, or situation, contact the police.
  • Always close your drapes or blinds at night to help eliminate "peeping toms" incidents.
  • If you live alone, use initials of your first name rather than your full name in the telephone directory or on your mailbox. If a number on your mailbox will do, leave the name off entirely.
  • Never give information about yourself over the phone, particularly personal ID.
  • Never let an unidentified caller know you are home alone. If they ask for your husband, just say he is in the shower, mowing the lawn, etc., instead of saying he is not home or you are not married.
  • Use your telephone answering machine for security as well as for convenience. Indicate you are too busy to take the call.  Use "we" instead of "I."
  • Participate in the Neighborhood Watch program.


Personal Safety at Your Front Door

  • Never automatically open your front door.  Make sure you know your caller's identity before admitting him/her.
  • If the person at your door is a stranger, ask for identification to be passed under the door.  If they are unable to do this, do not admit them.
  • It is advisable to have a wide-angle viewer (peephole) in the door so that you can check a person's identity without unlocking your door.
  • If someone comes to your door and asks to use the phone, offer to make the call for them, and have the person wait outside.


What to do When Leaving on a Trip

  • Stop all deliveries.
  • Connect a light to a timer.
  • Notify the police, and have a neighbor check your home periodically.  Call the Volunteers In Police Service, VIPS.
  • Have someone maintain your lawn.


Home Security Inspection Checklist

Home Burglary prevention is also a great concern for residents of any city in the United States.  Below is a checklist that will give you an indication of where to begin to make your home more secure. This is by no means an absolute or all-inclusive list. This checklist is designed to assist you in securing your home against a possible burglary.


Front of the House

  • Is shrubbery trimmed for visibility?
  • Are address numbers a minimum of 4 inches in height?
  • Are address numbers concealed from street view?
  • Are all exterior doors of metal or solid wood construction?
  • Are all door frames strong enough and tight enough to prevent forcing or spreading?
  • Are there windows in doors or within 40 inches of locks?
  • Are all door locks adequate and in good working order?
  • Are strike plates secured with 2-1/2 to 3 inch screws?
  • Is there a wide angle viewer on the front door?
  • Are all screen or storm doors secured with adequate locks?
  • Are all entrances well-lighted with at least a 60-watt light-bulb?
  • Can the front entrance be observed from the street?


Side or Rear Entrance

  • Are doors concealed from the street or neighbor's view?
  • If door is sliding glass, is the sliding panel secured from being lifted out of the track?
  • Is a "charlie bar" or key-operated lock used on sliding door?



  • Do all windows have adequate locks in operating condition?
  • Do all windows have screens or storm windows that lock from inside?
  • Can your front windows be seen from the street?
  • Is exterior adequately lighted at all window areas?


Garage Doors and Windows

  • Is the automobile-entrance door to the garage equipped with an adequate locking device?
  • Is the garage door kept closed and locked at all times?
  • Is the outside utility door to the garage secured, as required, for any ground-floor entrance?
  • Are all garage windows secured adequately?
  • Are all garage entrances well-lighted on the outside by at least a 60-watt light-bulb?
  • Does the door from the garage to inside the house have adequate locks?


Basement Doors and Windows

  • Is there a door leading from the outside to the basement?
  • Is outside basement door concealed from the street or neighbors?
  • Are all basement windows adequately secured against entrance?
  • Are door hinges protected from removal from the outside?


Inside the House

  • Are timers used to simulate normal activities in the house?
  • Have you engraved or photographed your personal property for easy identification?
    Is the circuit box locked or secured?



  • Are all gate hasps 40 inches below the top of the gate and secured by through-bolts with rounded edges and secured with high-security padlocks?



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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 8/20/2012