Inside Your Home

  • Keep all doors and windows locked, even if you are at home or are just going out “for a minute.”
  • Keep your garage door closed.
  • Install dead-bolt locks on all doors.
  • Install a screen security door for additional ventilation.
  • Don’t give maids, babysitters, or others working in your home access to your home keys or alarm codes.
  • Re-key or change all locks when moving into a new home.
  • List only your last name and initials on your mailbox or in a phone directory.
  • Don't give your name or whereabouts on your answering machine message. Never say you aren't home. Just ask the caller to leave a message.
  • Consider installing a home alarm system that provides monitoring for burglary, fire, and medical emergencies.
  • Leave outside lights on after dark or have outside lights controlled by a motion detector. Keep porches and all entrances well lighted. Check bulbs regularly.
  • Keep drapes or blinds closed at night but leave some lights on.
  • Leave drapes or blinds partially open during the day.
  • Never dress in front of windows. Always close the drapes or blinds.
  • Know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers handy.
  • Have a friend or neighbor check on you daily if you are home alone.
  • Try never to be alone in the laundry room or any other common area in an apartment building.
  • Call the Community Relations Officer (CRO) in your neighborhood Police station to arrange for a free home security survey. And ask about starting or joining a Neighborhood Watch program in your area.
  • Call 911 if you hear or see something suspicious. Report and provide information about crime and suspicious activities. Don't take direct action yourself. An officer will be dispatched to your address even if you cannot speak or hang up.
  • Plan an escape route from each room in your residence to use in a fire, earthquake, break-in, or other emergency situation.
  • Designate a safe room in your home that your family can retreat to and escape potential violence by home invasion robbers. Develop a home security plan for this contingency and make sure all family members know what to do.
  • Arm your security system even when you are at home. And have panic alarm buttons installed around your home so they can be used in the event of a home invasion.
  • Make sure your street address number is clearly visible from the street and is well lighted at night so the police and other emergency personnel can locate your home easily. Numbers should be at least 4 inches high must be used on individual dwellings and duplexes, and 12 inches high on multiple-unit residential buildings.
  • Make sure your unit number (in a multifamily housing development) is clearly visible from paths in the development. A directory or map that shows paths and unit locations should be placed at the main entrance of the development.
  • Call your local SDPD Area Station to request YANA (You Are Not Alone) visits to elderly persons or other shut-ins who should be checked on periodically.