Burglars will not find your home an “easy mark” if they are forced to work in the light, if they have to take a lot of time breaking in, or if they cannot break in without making a lot of noise.
Research shows that if it takes more than four or five minutes to break into a home, the burglar will go elsewhere.
Most insurance companies provide 2 percent to 15 percent discounts for devices that make a home safer—dead-bolt locks, window grates, bars and smoke/fire/burglar alarms.
However, when improving the security of your home, do not exchange security for personal safety. Do not make your home such a fortress that you are unable to escape in case of a fire or other emergency.