1. Front Door: 34% of Break-Ins
Most break-ins occur here, so invest in a solid, pick-resistant deadbolt lock (and remember to lock it!). An added step: Keep your outdoor entry light on a timer so it illuminates your house at night.
Smartkey, $30; Kwikset
2. First-Floor Windows: 23% of Break-Ins
You’ll need sash locks, of course, but easy-to-reach windows should get double protection. This wireless alarm system sounds off every time a window is opened to scare away would-be intruders.
GE Wireless Alarm System kit with 3 battery-operated alarms, $30; Jasco Products
3. Side Entry: 22% of Break-Ins
If you have sliding glass doors, install a solid metal jammer that folds up when not in use to keep them from being lifted off their tracks.
Adjustable Security Bar, $30; Improvements