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LOCK CRIME OUT of Your Home

Lighting
Lighting is one of the most cost-effective deterrents to burglary.  Indoor 
lighting gives the impression that a home is occupied.  If you are going to 
be away from your home, consider using automatic timers to switch interior 
lights on and off at preset times.

Outdoor lighting can eliminate hiding places.  Install exterior lighting near 
porches, rear and side doorways, garage doors, and all other points of entry. 
 Entryways to your home always should be well lighted.  Place lights out of 
reach from the ground so the bulbs cannot be removed or broken.  Aim some 
lights away from the house so you can see if anyone is approaching, or 
install motion-sensing lights, which turn on automatically as someone 
approaches.

SHRUBS AND LANDSCAPING
Your home's walkways and landscaping should direct visitors to the main 
entrance and away from private areas.  The landscaping should provide maximum 
visibility to and from your house.  Trim shrubbery that could conceal 
criminal activity near doors and windows.  Provide light on areas of dense 
shrubs and trees that could serve as hiding places.  Cut back tree limbs that 
could help thieves climb into windows, and keep yard fencing low enough to 
avoid giving criminals places to hide.

EXTERIOR DOORS
All exterior doors should be either metal or solid wood.  For added security, 
use strong door hinges on the inside of the door, with nonremovable or hidden 
pins.  Every entry door should be well-lighted and have a wide-angle door 
viewer so you can see who is outside without opening the door.

LOCKS
Strong, reliable locks are essential to effective home security.  Always keep 
doors and windows locked-even a five-minute trip to the store is long enough 
for a burglar to enter your home.

Use quality keyed knobs as well as deadbolts-deadbolts can withstand the 
twisting, turning, prying, and pounding that regular keyed knobs can't.

When choosing a deadbolt, look for such features as a bolt that extends at 
least one inch when in the locked position, to resist ramming and kicking; 
hardened steel inserts to prevent the bolt from being sawed off, and a 
reinforced strike plate with extra-long mounting screws to anchor the lock 
effectively.

Most deadbolts are single-cylinder; they operate from the outside with a key 
and from the inside with a thumb latches.  Double-cylinder deadbolts require 
a key to open the lock from both outside and inside your home.  These locks 
are especially effective for doors with glass within 40 inches of the lock-an 
intruder cannot break the glass and unlock the door by reaching through.  
Make sure everyone in the house knows where to locate the keys in the event 
of an emergency.

As one alternative, security glazing can be applied to glass panels in or 
near the door, or shatterproof glass can be installed, though these options 
can be expensive.

SLIDING GLASS DOORS
Sliding glass doors can offer easy entry into your home. To improve security 
on existing sliding glass doors, you can install keyed locking devices that 
secure the door to the frame; adjust the track clearances on the doors so 
they can't be pushed out of their tracks; or put a piece of wood or a metal 
bar in the track of the closed door to prevent the door from opening even if 
the lock is jimmied or removed.  Any locksmith can fit these doors with a 
device known as a "Charlie Bar" that will serve the same purpose.  These 
devices are often used on hotel/motel sliding glass doors.

WINDOWS
Most standard double-hung windows have thumbturn locks between the two window 
panels.  Don't rely on these-they can be pried open or easily reached through 
a broken pane.  Instead, install keyed locking devices to prevent the window 
from being raised from the outside, but make sure everyone in the house knows 
where to find the keys in case of an emergency.  

An easy, inexpensive way to secure your windows is to use the "pin" trick.  
Drill an angled hole through the top frame of the lower window partially into 
the frame of the upper window.  Then insert a nail or eyebolt.  The window 
can't be opened until you remove the nail.  Make a second set of holes with 
the windows partly opened so you can have ventilation without intruders.



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