Home Safety

Protect you and loved ones with these basic safety tips:

  • Have good locks on all doors and windows and use them.
  • Never leave your house key hidden outside under a mat, in a flower pot, or on the ledge of a door.
  • Garage doors should have good locks.
  • Mark 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 or mowing the lawn, instead of saying he is not home or you are not married.
  • Use your telephone answering machine for security as well as for convenience.  Say "we" 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.  Know the person's identity first.
  • If the person is a stranger, ask for ID slide under the door.  If they don't, do not admit them.
  • A wide-angle peephole in the door lets you see the person without unlocking your door.
  • If someone asks to use the phone, offer to make the call and have the person wait outside.


When Leaving on a Trip

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


Home Security Inspection Checklist

This checklist is designed to assist you in securing your home against a possible burglary.


Front of the House

  • Shrubbery trimmed for visibility?
  • Address numbers a minimum of 4 inches in height?
  • Address numbers concealed from street view?
  • Exterior doors of metal or solid wood?
  • Door frames strong and tight enough to prevent forcing or spreading?
  • Windows in doors or within 40 inches of locks?
  • Door locks adequate and in good working order?
  • Strike plates secured with 2-1/2 to 3 inch screws?
  • Wide angle viewer on the front door?
  • Screen or storm doors secured with adequate locks?
  • Entrances well-lighted with at least a 60-watt light-bulb?
  • Front entrance be observed from the street?


Side or Rear Entrance

  • Doors concealed from the street or neighbor's view?
  • Sliding panel for glass door secured from being lifted out of the track?
  • Charlie bar or key-operated lock on sliding door?



  • Adequate locks in operating condition?
  • Screens or storm windows that lock from inside?
  • Front windows be seen from the street?
  • Exterior adequately lighted at all window areas?


Garage Doors and Windows

  • Auto entrance door to the garage equipped with locking device?
  • Garage door closed and locked at all times?
  • Garage windows secured?
  • Garage entrances well-lit on outside by at least a 60-watt light-bulb?
  • Door from 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 House

  • Timers used to simulate normal activities in the house?
  • Engraved or photographed your personal property for easy identification?

  • Circuit box locked or secured?



  • Gate latches 40 inches below the top of the gate; secured with rounded-edge through bolts and high-security padlocks?



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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 6/23/2015