Here's something you probably don't want to think about this summer: Most burglaries happen in warm weather, during broad daylight. Here are a few tips to protect yourself from an unwanted surprise.
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It may sound obvious, but keep your doors locked. Even if you're just running around the corner for a quick chat with a neighbor, it's worth the extra minute to lock up. A typical burglar is in and out of a house in less than 12 minutes flat, so you can be victimized while you're borrowing a cup of sugar. A locked door may be all it takes to send a burglar in search of an easier mark.
And because most burglaries are so brief, it makes sense to keep your valuables out of sight. A crook who's eager to just grab and go doesn't want to spend time ransacking your home. Burglars usually head right to the master bedroom, where they can often find cash, jewelry, and electronics within easy reach. Hiding valuables in your sock drawer doesn't help, either-burglars know to look there. Keep cash and other valuables in unpredictable hiding places.
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