With millions of burglaries in the United States each year, this type of theft is not exactly a rare occurrence. Here, test your home-security knowledge and find out whether your dwelling is a relative fortress or an easy target.
When do most burglaries occur?
in the day
in the middle of the night
in the evening
Which are the most common entry points for a burglar?
doors and windows
a tunnel into the basement
What's the most common way of forcing entry through a door?
removing it from its hinges
kicking it open
cutting a hole in it
When it comes to door locks, which strike-plate setup is the most secure?
secured with two 2-inch screws and two 4-inch nails into the doorjamb
glued to a series of magnets using heavy-duty construction adhesive
secured with four 3-inch screws into the doorjamb
Where's the safest place to keep a spare key?
in a planter box or a flower/plant pot
under the doormat
in a neighbor's house
Where should outdoor lighting be brightest?
at the perimeter of the property
at entry points and pathways
on the roof
What's the most common way people reduce the effectiveness of an alarm system?
by neglecting to display the alarm-company sign outside the house
by turning it off when they're at home during the day
by setting the code to a birthday or anniversary
Where should you store your alarm pass code?
in a safety deposit box
very close to the keypad
very far from the keypad
How should you mark your valuables for identification?