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Guard Your Home/Family Against Burglary

If you were locked out of your house, would you still be able to get in? Perhaps you keep a window unlocked, or a hidden key under the front mat? You may think this is a good idea, but if you can break in, so can a burglar.


One out of ten homes will be burglarized this year. All it takes is a little time and money to make your home more secure and reduce your chances of being a victim.


Many burglars will spend no longer than 60 seconds trying to break into a home. Good locks—and good neighbors who watch out for each other—can be big deterrents.



Check the locks—and use them:

In almost half of all completed residential burglaries, thieves get in through unlocked doors or crawl through unlocked windows.



Check the doors:

A lock on a flimsy door is about as effective as locking your car door but leaving the window down.



Check the outside:

Look at your house from the outside and consider the following:



Consider an alarm:

Alarms can be a good investment, especially if you have many valuables in your home, live in an isolated area, or one with a history of break-ins.



Burglars do more than steal:

They can commit rape, robbery, and assault if they are surprised by someone coming home or pick a home that is occupied.



There's more you can do:

Join a local/neighborhood watch group.