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Help protect your home against thieves for under $40

Protecting your home against thieves for under $40

It seems like every day there’s news of another home getting broken into and a family losing valuable things.

You don't have to spend a ton of money on "burglar proofing" your home. Our sister station KSNV in Las Vegas looked into some ways to make your house a tough target for burglars.

What if you could spend less than $40 and make it a lot harder for anybody to break into your home?

"They're looking for cash. They're looking for gold jewelry, medications, and then they're looking for your firearms," says crime prevention specialist Bella Yourgules-Scholes.

Thieves are looking for easy targets. Police say they often case properties well in advance, making note of the hours homeowners are away.

"There are a lot of things you can do to deter people from breaking into your home that are really pretty inexpensive," says Realtor Kassidy Lane.

Front and rear doors are the most common entry points, because screws are very short to hold the lock plate. A simple and cheap fix that could make all the difference in the world is to replace them with 3-inch screws.

Sliding glass doors should have more than one locking device. Usually, the handle lock just isn't enough. Same holds true for smaller windows.

Garage doors are another common access point, even if the door is closed.

Steve Wolf is a contractor with Sustain Builders. He says because standard garage doors are aluminum, that makes them bendable. Just a small amount of pressure can provide access to the door latch.

There's a small fix that could do the trick. He recommends tying off your latch.

Finally, security cameras and surveillance systems are also great deterrents.

"If you don't want to break the bank, you can just purchase a decoy camera at most hardware stores. Also, add security stickers," says Yourgules-Scholes.

So, let's review:

Longer door-jam screws will cost you about $2.50 at any hardware store.

Scrap wood for window sills is maybe $5 for a few pieces.

Tying off your garage door latch: no cost.

Aftermarket window locks are about $3 each, depending on which kind you buy.

Security stickers are $3.50, and decoy cameras are available at Walmart and various hardware stores for about $10 each.

Total cost: $37.

Police also encourage homeowners to consider setting up a Neighborhood Watch program.

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