Close the Door on Break-Ins
Good crime prevention begins at your front door. Prior to investing in expensive locks, be sure the door itself is a good one. If it's a hollow-core door, it can be readily broken down. Entry doors should be metal or have a solid wood core at least 1 3/4 inches thick.
Protection for Free
Among the best ways to avoid burglaries doesn't cost anything except a little time. Form a Neighborhood Watch or Block Watch program to encourage people to keep a watchful eye on the houses closest to them. The idea is to get people to callpolice the second they notice anything suspicious. Although a watch program can't replace good locks and other home security measures, it's added insurance versus break-ins.
To get a Neighborhood Watch program going in your area, invite everybody to an organizational meeting. Request the police department to
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