Home Security – Do’s and Don’ts (ESOL Discussion Activity)
Work with a partner or small group. Discuss the following statements about home security. Decide whether each belongs in the DO’S list or the DON’TS list and say why (answers may vary):
- Close all the windows before going out.
- When someone you don’t know comes to the door, ask to see their ID.
- Learn a martial art so that you can deal with burglars effectively if they break into your home.
- Don’t tell anyone your address, even your family and friends.
- Ask a friend to call round a couple of times to check the house while you are away on holiday.
- Fit several large locks to the inside of the front door.
- Leave a spare key under a flowerpot outside near the front door.
- Lock the front door when you leave the house.
- Stay in all day and all night, just in case.
- Leave on a radio or the TV when you go out at night.
- Keep all tools and garden equipment safely locked in the shed.
- Have a spare front door key cut and give it to a trusted friend, in case you lose your own key.
- Tell everyone you know that you’re going on holiday and for how long the house will be empty.
- Leave a tall ladder in the garden leaning up against the wall near an open bathroom window.
- Make sure that you have enough home contents insurance cover for all of your possessions and valuables, in case your house is burgled.
- Put an address label on the key fob that has your house key on it.
- Leave the front door unlocked when you go to bed at night.
- Cancel the milk and papers for the period when you are away on holiday.
- Close all the curtains before leaving the house.
- Build a two-metre-high metal perimeter wall around your property and land.
Title image: Brennan Ehrhardt
Beware of dog: Tyler Nix