Safety quiz: how safety savvy are you?

What is your Safety IQ? Take our quick safety quiz to find out if you need to work on your safety smarts. Read through our safety checklist for everyday safe living recommendations.

  1. Over 60% of residential break-ins occur between the hours of 6am and 6pm.
    • That's right! Most burglaries occur during the day when streets are quiet and neighbors are out. So keep your doors and windows safe day and night.
    • Nope. Most burglaries occur during the day when streets are quiet and neighbors are out. So keep your doors and windows safe day and night.
  2. When you move into a new apartment or house, you should have the locks re-keyed.
    • You bet. You can never know how many keys the previous tenant or owner made or handed out. Play it safe and take the time to change the locks.
    • Not safe. We know it's a pain, but you can never know how many keys the previous tenant or owner made or handed out. Play it safe and take the time to change the locks.
  3. When heading out of town, you should leave your lights on so that it looks like someone is at home, especially at night.
    • Close, but not quite. Leaving your lights on 24/7 lets would-be-thieves know you're gone. Use a timer to automatically turn lights on after dark and turn them off at daybreak. Attach a radio or TV to a timer to make it sound like someone is home.
    • You're good. Leaving your lights on 24/7 lets would-be-thieves know you're gone. Use a timer to automatically turn lights on after dark and turn them off at daybreak. Attach a radio or TV to a timer to make it sound like someone is home.
  4. People living in apartments are more likely or less likely to be a victim of home invasion?
    • Not at all. Unfortunately rental apartments are at high risk. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, rentals are 79% more likely to be burglarized.
    • You're right. Unfortunately rental apartments are at high risk. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, rentals are 79% more likely to be burglarized.
  5. Home security systems deter burglars and break-ins.
    • How did you guess? We may be biased, but the studies don't lie. They have consistently shown that homes without monitored security systems are 3 times more likely to be broken into. The experts agree. 84% of police say alarm systems are an effective means to protect people and property.
    • Sorry, that's wrong. We may be biased, but the studies don't lie. They have consistently shown that homes without monitored security systems are 3 times more likely to be broken into. The experts agree. 84% of police say alarm systems are an effective means to protect people and property.
  6. In 2006, over 9 million Americans were the victims of identity theft.
    • True. And the most common way for thieves to gain access to information is: lost or stolen wallets, misappropriation by family and friends, and theft of paper mail. So keep your social security card out of your wallet and don’t leave your purse lying around.
    • Nope, this one's true. Shocking, isn't it? And the most common way for thieves to gain access to information is: lost or stolen wallets, misappropriation by family and friends, and theft of paper mail. So keep your social security card out of your wallet and don’t leave your purse lying around.
  7. Nearly ___ percent of burglaries occur in large metropolitan areas.
    • You got it. And, as you saw above, renters are more likely to be the victims of property crime than homeowners.
    • Nope. Keep going up.
  8. The highest percent of burglaries occur during the winter months.
    • That's right. Most burglaries occur during the summer months of July and August, when many people are away on vacation, or have left windows open for some fresh air.
    • No, this one's false. Most burglaries occur during the summer months of July and August, when many people are away on vacation, or have left windows open for some fresh air.
  9. Most burglars gain entry to a house through a window.
    • That's right. Believe it or not, the most common entry point for a burglar is through your front door. When designing security for your apartment, start simple and make sure your doors are protected.
    • Nope. Believe it or not, the most common entry point for a burglar is through your front door. When designing security for your apartment, start simple and make sure your doors are protected.
  10. It's a good idea to hide a spare key somewhere outside your home, as long as it's well hidden.
    • That's right. It may be hidden for you, but experienced burglars know where to look for ‘hidden’ spare keys. Instead, ask a trusted family member or friend to keep a copy for you.
    • Unfortunately, no, it's just not safe. It may be hidden for you, but experienced burglars know where to look for ‘hidden’ spare keys. Instead, ask a trusted family member or friend to keep a copy for you.
  11. A burglary occurs once every ______.
    • Yes. Shocking isn't it?
    • Nope. Hint: it's more often than you think.
  12. Only large breed dogs are effective at deterring burglars.
    • You got it. Thieves don’t want to draw attention to themselves and even a small dog can make a racket.
    • Not necessarily. Thieves don’t want to draw attention to themselves and even a small dog can make a racket. So if that small dog's got a big bark, it can help deter a burglar.

Source: NBFAA, FBI, It Takes a Thief, U.S. Department of Justice.