Home Security Risk Assessment

Home Security Risk Assessment

Home Security Risk Assessment It is a good idea to carry out a full risk assessment of your home, using the checklists provided below. A few questions concerning your safety in the home have also been included, because when you’re at home, your safety must take priority over security.

It’s a good idea for two people to carry out the assessment, so that as you work your way through the list, you can bounce ideas off each other and one of you can record the weak points. Some suggest that you consider how you might get in if you were to lock yourself out, but this ignores the fact that burglars would rather not be seen, whereas you wouldn’t care, so you could actually overestimate your security needs.

It is better to imagine yourself as a burglar, someone who is concerned about being discovered and arrested. The purpose of the check lists is to get you thinking about security; once you’ve made a list of your home’s weaknesses, you can turn to the relevant pages to see what can be done about them.

It would be difficult to write checklists for every type of home, and you may find that some do not apply to your specific situation.


Risk Assessment Checklist

THE FRONT GARDEN OR HARD STANDING

• Do the shrubs in the garden obscure the front of the house or flat and provide cover for a burglar to operate?

• Are there items in the garden that could be used to force open an entrance door or break glass?

• Are there items of value in the front garden that can be easily stolen?

• Are there items or features in the garden that can be climbed to gain access to upper windows and balconies?

• As you approach the entrance door, are there any blind spots where someone could hide?

• Can callers at the door be seen by your neighbours and from the street?

• Where is the spare front-door key? Under a flowerpot or the doormat?

• If you do not park your car in a locked garage, are there items of value on view in your car?

• Do you have a front gate?


After dark

• Is there a light in the front garden?

• Does the light cast any dark shadows that could provide cover for a burglar to operate?

• Do fitted lights work?


THE FRONT OF YOUR HOME

• If you have an intruder alarm, can the bell box be seen from the road?

• Are there items of value on view in the windows?

• Are any of the first-floor windows accessible by climbing?

• Is the entrance door deeply recessed?

• Is it possible to see if the mail or a newspaper has been delivered?

• If milk or bread is delivered when you are out, where is it left?

• If your basement flat is reached from the front of the building, are the steps gated and secured at street level?

• If you have an integral garage, do you use and rely on the factory fitted garage door lock?

• Is the communal entrance door to your block of flats fitted with an access controlled lock?

• Does your access controlled entrance door have a tradesman’s button, and what are the hours of operation?

• Are your ground-floor windows, and those that are accessible by climbing, in good condition and fitted with sufficient locks of the right type, in the right positions to resist a burglar?

• Are your doors in good condition and do they have locks of the right type, in the right positions to resist a burglar?


After dark

• Is there a light outside the entrance door?

• Does the light illuminate the face of a caller at the door, or does it place the caller’s face in shadow?

• Does the light come on automatically when you are away?

• Is the house or flat number, or house or block of flats name, clearly visible from the street so that the emergency services can find you easily?

• Do you leave any windows open for ventilation at night?

• Do fitted lights work?



home security risk assessment

THE SIDE OF YOUR HOME

• Can you easily walk along the side of the building?

• Having walked along the side of the building, can you be seen from the street?

• Are any of the first-floor windows accessible by climbing such features as cast-iron soil pipes?

• Is there a lockable gate at the entrance to the side drive or path in line with the front of the building?

• If your garage is at the side of the house, do you use and rely on the factory fitted garage door lock?

• Can you climb over the garage roof into the back garden?

• Can you look over the side drive from indoors through a ground-floor or upper window?

• Is there a water tap on the side wall of the building?

• Are your ground-floor windows, and those that are accessible by climbing, in good condition and fitted with sufficient window locks of the right type and in the right positions to resist a burglar?

• Are your doors in good condition and do they have locks of the right type, in the right positions to resist a burglar?


After dark

• Is the side of the building illuminated at night?

• Do fitted lights work?

• Can your parked vehicle be used to aid climbing over a fence, wall or gate?

• Do you leave any windows open for ventilation at night?


THE BACK GARDEN

• Are the perimeter fences or walls easy to climb?

• Is it easy for an intruder to get into your garden from a neighbour’s garden?

• Is there open land, an open alleyway or a service road behind your home?

• If your garage is reached by means of a rear service road, do you use and rely on the factory fitted garage door lock?

• Is there an unsecured ladder in your back garden or the garden of a neighbour?

• Is the garden shed door fitted with a substantial lock?

• Do you leave garden tools outside?

• Are there garden tools in an insecure greenhouse or other outbuilding?

• Are there items of value in the garden?

• Is the access gate into your garden difficult to climb and securely locked?

• Does someone water the plants and cut the grass when you go away?


After dark

• Is the back garden illuminated at night?

• Does the light come on automatically when you are away?

• Do you have lights that are triggered by movement in the garden?

• Do fitted lights work?

• Can you see most of your garden from an upstairs window at night?


THE BACK OF YOUR HOME

• If you have an intruder alarm, can the bell box be seen from the end of your garden?

• Are there items of value on view in the windows?

• Are any of the first-floor windows accessible by climbing?

• Are your doors in good condition and do they have locks of the right type, in the right positions to resist a burglar?

• Are your ground-floor windows, and those that are accessible by climbing, in good condition and fitted with sufficient window locks of the right type, in the right positions to resist a burglar?


After dark

• Are there lights outside the back doors?

• Do the back-door lights come on automatically when you are away?

• Do fitted lights work?

• Do you leave any windows open for ventilation at night?


INDOORS

• Do you have a plan in the event of a fire? – Get out, stay out and call the Fire Brigade.

• Have your gas appliances (cooker, heater, boiler) been serviced recently?

• Are you overloading your electrical sockets?

• Do you smoke in bed?

• Can you hear if anyone walks up to the front of your home?

• Can you hear close approaches to your windows on the ground floor?

• Have you marked your property with your postcode and house or flat number?

• Do you have a safe?

• Is there an intruder alarm?

• Do you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?

• Do you leave cash or credit cards lying about?

• Where do you keep your spare keys?

• Do you have contents insurance, and is the cover sufficient?


After dark

• Do some of the house lights come on automatically when you are out or away on holiday?

• Do you key lock yourself in at night?



15. December 2010 by admin
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