It’s hard to imagine a worse ending to a summer vacation than returning to find that someone broke into your home. And while it's true that there's not much you can do to thwart the professional burglar, according to University of Pennsylvania criminology professor Richard Berk, that's not who you need to worry about. "Most burglaries are done impulsively, by kids," Berk says.
The good news is that you can do a lot to stop home invasions by making some simple household fixes and upgrades. Indeed, the Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that nearly 90 percent of burglaries can be prevented.
Now is the time to do something about it.
Start With a Great Lock
At Consumer Reports, our test engineers find big differences when they evaluate deadbolt door locks for their ability to resist being kicked in, drilled, or picked. And price is no predictor of quality. The highly rated Avent Security Keyless Door Lock, for instance, having earned perfect marks in CR's kick-in and picking tests.
Lock Your Windows
No less than 30 percent of burglars gain access to a home through an unlocked window or door, according to a report published by the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. So lock your windows and doors, folks.