Keeping Your Home Secure

There are more homes broken into during summer than any other season, according the National Crime Prevention Council.

Consumer Reports says some key moves that don't cost a lot can really beef up your home's security.

Consumer Reports says forgetting to lock an inside garage door and leaving valuables in plain sight makes you home more of a target.

Also, many burglars kick a door in to break in.

Consumer Reports says the door itself isn't usually the weak spot.

"The problem is that the strikes are held by 3/4-inch screws. It doesn't go into the main beam of the building." said Consumer Reports' John Galeotafiore. "So when you kick in the door, it just breaks away this small piece of wood."

Consumer Reports tested solid wood doors and solid steel doors. Both didn't hold.

But again, not because the doors gave way.

It was the doorjamb that split near the lock's strike plate. Galeotafiore says there's an easy, inexpensive fix.

"You can strengthen any exterior door using a metal, reinforced box strike. They're about ten dollars at most hardware stores." said Galeotafiore. "If you install them using three-inch screws, they'll go into the framing beyond the doorjamb."

You can also make your home more secure by lodging a pole against your sliding glass doors, and by having good outdoor lighting installed, high up so it can't easily be disabled.

If you have the money to install an alarm, Consumer Reports suggests a system that includes sensors throughout your home, not just on doors and windows.

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