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Make it hard for burglars. Doors, windows and locks are very important!

What you should know about doors

First off, make sure you have strong doors. Outside doors should be metal or solid hardwood and at least 1 ¾ inches thick. Your door frames must be made of equally strong material and make sure the door fits its frame securely. (Note: Even the best lock if placed on a weak door will not keep out a burglar set on getting inside.)

If you have sliding glass doors you know that they are very easy to open. With that said, there are special locks designed just for them. You can also shove a broomstick in the door track, but that isn’t the best solution.


Your best bet is a deadbolt lock. They should be pick-resistant.


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 or on fire escapes, consider installing metal accordion gates.

Check with you local hardware store for more information and to see what your options you have!

Source: Insurance Information Institute;