Home Security

Home Security Tips
Exterior doors should be of a solid wood or metal clad variety. These doors should have the hinges on the inside of the door, or be equipped with a security hinge, which prevents the hinge pin from being removed.

Exterior doors should be secured with a deadbolt with a throw of at least 1 inch. The strike plate should be a heavy duty metal with at least 4 staggered holes. The strike should be secured with screws at least 3 inches in length. Using the longer screws secures the strike to the actual building frame. Using shorter screws secures the strike only to the decorative door trim and provides poor security.

Sliding patio doors can be best secured with a patio door pin or duplex nail. A hole should be drilled from the moveable doorframe into the stationary portion of the frame. The pin can then be inserted through the first frame and into the stationary frame. This prevents the door from being opened if the manufacturer's lock is defeated. It also prevents the door from being lifted upwards out of the door track. Unlike a dowel in the door track, a pin is not easily seen from the outside, and therefore, cannot be removed as easily. A second hole can also be drilled into the stationary frame so that the door can be left partially opened for ventilation but still be secured. The second hole should be within 3 inches of the first to reduce the likelihood of a person's hand fitting inside.

Garage doors should be treated as a key to your house. Always stay in view of your garage door until it is fully closed. The door inside your garage, which leads to your house, should always be kept locked even if the garage is closed.

Valuables Inside Your Home
Valuables inside your home should be kept in discreet locations that immediate family members should only be made aware of. Do not advertise your valuables. Compile a list of serial numbers and detailed descriptions for those items of value inside your home. Do not store large amounts of cash inside your home. Protect personal identifiers such as passports, social security cards and credit information by storing these items in a safe.

Firearm owners should document the make, model, caliber, color and serial number for each firearm they own. Firearms should not be stored inside vehicles. Firearms that are stored inside your residence should be stored using a gun safe, a trigger lock or other disabling device. Firearms should be stored separate from ammunition. Firearms and ammunition should be inaccessible to children.

Vacation Tips
Taking a vacation is an exciting time for most. However, you should limit the amount of people that know you are going to be out of town on vacation. You should refrain from advertising your vacation on media outlets such as email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. This only increases your chances of becoming a potential victim.

When you are gone on vacation, make sure that your house is completely secure. An inspection of your property should be completed prior to your departure. Check and make sure all your windows, doors and out-buildings are locked and secure. Have a friend or a family member check your property routinely while you are gone. Provide this individual with contact information should you need to be contacted while on vacation.

Make arrangements for your mail to be picked up daily or stop mail completely by contacting the United States Postal Service. The same should be done if you receive a daily / weekly newspaper.

Make arrangements with a lawn care or snow removal service during the time you are going to be gone. This gives the appearance that you are home.

Use timed electronics (lights, TV, radio, etc.) to make it appear there is someone inside the residence at different times throughout the day.

Home Security Checklist
Please consider conducting a home security survey to show any potential updates to security features your home may need.  Please contact the Sun Prairie Police Department should you encounter any questions.