Where break-ins happenBefore you head out for that hard-earned trip to the shore or mountains, take a moment to batten down the hatches at home. Summertime is peak season for house thefts, according to the Burglary Prevention Council, which keeps statistics on where intruders break in. The good news: You don't need an expensive high-tech alarm system. A few well-placed (and well-priced) locks and security devices will do the trick.
Front Door: 34% of Break-Ins. Most break-ins occur here, so invest in a solid, pick-resistant deadbolt lock (and remember to lock it!). An added step: Keep your outdoor entry light on a timer so it illuminates your house at night. Smartkey, $30; Kwikset
First-Floor Windows: 23% of Break-Ins. You'll need sash locks, of course, but easy-to-reach windows should get double protection. This wireless alarm system sounds off every time a window is opened to scare away would-be intruders. GE Wireless Alarm System kit with 3 battery-operated alarms, $30; Jasco Products
Side Entry: 22% of Break-Ins. If you have sliding glass doors, install a solid metal jammer that folds up when not in use to keep them from being lifted off their tracks. Adjustable Security Bar, $30; Improvements
For more, see How to Stop Break-Ins at thisoldhouse.com
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