General Listening Quiz

“Home Security”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult home security man 03:00

Pre-Listening Exercise

Homeowners should always take precautions to protect their places from burglars and theft. In addition to home alarm systems, what are two other things that people can do to protect their homes from crime?


get (all) worked up” = become upset or emotional
My mom got worked up when she found out that someone broke into her car and stole her purse.”

pull the wool over someone’s eyes” = deceive or trick someone
Don’t let that used car salesman pull the wool over your eyes. Be sure you get a detailed report on that car’s history.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Where was the homeowner when the theft occurred?

Imagine that it's Monday afternoon, and you decide to step out and buy a few things for dinner before the kids get home from school.

The evidence that indicates a burglar entered the house is _____.

And the only evidence of entry is a dirty footprint through an unlocked window.

According to the announcer, you should never leave a house key ____.

Never leave a copy of the key outside under a doormat, on a window sill, above a door, or in the mailbox. Burglars are very aware of your temptation to do so, and they will find an easy way in through your carelessness.

A good method to safeguard your house is ____.

Install bright porch lights both in front and in back of your house and consider investing in a motion detector as well. Also, use a light timer to automatically turn on your interior or exterior lights at times when you are away.

You should ______ if you encounter an intruder in your home.

If you hear strange sounds in the house, call the police rather than seeking out the intruder. Having a gun to protect you at home is often not the best deterrent because it can be used against you.

Post-Listening Exercise

What are three things you do to protect your apartment or home from burglary? Use the Internet to find two other ideas on how to make your place safer. Are there certain crime-prevention methods that you might see in one culture, but you wouldn’t see them in other countries? You might need to talk to other students to answer this question.

Online Investigation

Finding the ideal home security system for your place can take some research. Do you need a full-scale system including motion detectors to protect your dwelling, or is there a similar solution like a watch dog? Use the Internet to review two companies and their products and review the advantages and disadvantages of these solutions.