Criminals_inside.jpgIt is a scenario every family dreads: upon coming home from a trip, you find your door's locks forcibly opened or your windows bashed in. Once you step inside your home, you find that your things have been smashed and thrown around carelessly, and your family’s treasured possessions are nowhere to be found. Realization sinks in: you’ve been robbed.

All homes are vulnerable to robbers, but if you take these precautions, you can lessen the chances of break-ins.

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(First published in
Good Housekeeping Magazine, Features section as "Breaking & Entering" in August 2008; photo by Leo Reynolds via Flickr Creative Commons; adapted for use in Female Network)
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