With warm weather in the forecast and summer activities on the calendar, being alert to intruders and crime should also be in your plans. How to avoid being vulnerable to intruders both inside and out? First, use common sense. Leaving valuables on display, such as your big screen television, computer or fancy camera is not a good idea. When goodies arrive in boxes, don't leave them out on the curb to advertise your new purchases. Take a minute and cut boxes into pieces and recycle if possible. Windows and doors are the first place burglars try to gain access. In the summer, people tend to be casual and leave windows open. Several burglaries in the Los Angeles area have recently been reported by victims who simply left the door unlocked while they puttered around the yard or went out for "just a few minutes." Unless you have burglar bars or inaccessible windows, turn on the fan or air conditioner when you head out and avoid leaving accessible windows open. Electric timers are inexpen...
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