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Remember this

Nine out of ten household burglaries are preventable.

Think About It

Knowing about a burglar's three worst enemies -- light, time and noise -- can help you protect your home from crime. A burglar won't find your home an "easy mark" if he's forced to work in the light, if he has to take a lot of time breaking in, and if he can't work quietly.

"Case" Your Place

Take the time to "case" your house or apartment, just as a burglar would. Here are a few questions to get you started:

Consider Some Specifics

Reducing the risk of break-ins is simply a matter of making your home less inviting to burglars than other homes in the neighborhood. It's up to you.

Doors. Outside doors should be metal or solid hardwood, and at least 1 3/4 inches thick. Frames must be made of equally strong material, and each door must fit its frame securely. Remember, if it is placed in a weak door, even the most efficient lock will not keep out a determined burglar. A peephole or a wide-angle viewer in the door is safer for identifying visitors than a door chain. Sliding glass doors present a special problem because they are easy to open, but there are locks designed for them. A broomstick in the door channel can help, but don't depend on it for security.

Locks. Deadbolt locks are best.

Windows. Key locks are available for all types of windows. Double-hung windows can be secured simply by "pinning" the upper and lower frames together with a nail, which can be removed from the inside. For windows at street level, consider iron grates or grilles. For windows opening onto a fire escape, metal accordion gates can be installed on the inside.

Make the Extra Effort

Here are some "home security habits" to develop and practice:

...And Remember This

Confronting a thief in your home is frightening. Follow this advice:

Cooperate and stay as calm as possible should you find yourself face-to-face with a burglar.