Think you can run to the store for "just a minute" and skip locking the door? Keep in mind that every 15 seconds or so, 24 hours a day, a burglary occurs in the United States. According to criminal justice statistics, more than 2 million homes were burglarized in 2002 in the U.S., with the months of June, July and August most prolific. Detective Jim Willis of the Los Angles Police Department explains, "Unlocked doors and windows are the classic form of entry in about half the break-ins. Burglary can be preventable by simply securing your residence." Summertime is a favorite time for leaving windows or doors open. Suggestions to keep intruders out: Starting at the front door, check if the lock is adequate. The average burglar will give up trying to force entry after about four minutes. How long would it take to gain access to your place? Take a stroll with a friend. Walk outside the perimeter of the place you call home and evaluate the break-in points. Try locking all the windows an...
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