The Ultimate Discouraging Break-ins Quiz
by Staff
Our home is our greatest investment, and we treasure its security. Even though home burglaries are less common than they used to be, they still happen far too often. Do you know how to keep your property safe and secure. Take this quiz to find our whether you know how to discourage break-ins.

Approximately how many homes in the U.S. have an electronic security system?

  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent

How many American homes were broken into in 2006?

  • 150000
  • 1.5 million
  • 15 million

What percentage of burglary cases are solved by the police?

  • 12.5 percent
  • 22.5 percent
  • 32.5 percent

After purchasing an expensive item, such as a plasma screen television, you should discreetly dispose of which of these?

  • the receipt
  • the package
  • the item

One way to avoid drawing attention to your valuables is to do which of these?

  • Keep all windows, shutters, blinds, and drapes, closed at all times.
  • Decorate your home such that your valuables are not in plain sight.
  • Tint all of the windows in your home.

The majority of home invasions occur during which hours?

  • early-morning hours
  • work hours
  • late-night hours

The Office of Community Oriented Police Service reports that which type of sign often deters burglars?

  • You should have a sign that warns of a dangerous dog.
  • You should have a sign that says you're actually home.
  • You should have a sign that indicates the presence of a security system.

You should consider reinforcing older models of which of these types of doors?

  • garage doors
  • sliding doors
  • rotating doors

What percentage of home invasions occur without the use of force?

  • 20 percent
  • 30 percent
  • 40 percent

Where is the best place to keep a spare key?

  • under the door mat
  • with a neighbor or friend
  • in a nearby flower pot

You can prevent burglars from entering your home through an unlocked window by doing which of these?

  • Block the slide with a nail.
  • Seal your windows with epoxy glue.
  • Install those really ugly window grates.

Your mailbox should provide what information?

  • Your mailbox should only provide your address.
  • Your mailbox should provide your name and address.
  • Your mailbox should provide your name, address, and phone number.

Why shouldn't you announce your vacations on sites like Facebook?

  • If you announce your vacation on Facebook, you will get lots of annoying advertisements for hotels.
  • When people announce their vacations on Facebook, it makes their friends feel envious.
  • Publically announcing your vacation plans informs burglars of the best time to strike.

How does getting to know your neighbors help prevent crime?

  • By getting to know your neighbors you can figure out which ones are thieves.
  • Close-knit neighborhoods have less crime, because suspicious strangers are easily noticed.
  • Getting to know your neighbors has nothing to do with preventing crime.

A person who rents an apartment is how much more likely to experience a home invasion?

  • 25 percent
  • 55 percent
  • 85 percent

How many Americans participate in neighborhood watch programs?

  • 30 million
  • 60 million
  • 90 million

If you are going on vacation, you should make sure a friends or neighbor does which of these?

  • Collect your mail.
  • Feed your cats.
  • Dust your bookcases.

One of the least expensive ways to improve your home security is do which of these?

  • Have the local police department provide you with a security assessment.
  • Hire a security specialist.
  • Move into a gated community.

Which of these is an example of natural access control?

  • a large electric fence
  • a thorny bush underneath a window
  • a dead bolt lock

One example of target hardening is what?

  • a clear line-of-sight to the front door
  • a security guard
  • a deadbolt lock