3 ways to increase home security

Published On: Apr 28 2013 10:38:35 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 29 2013 05:40:00 AM EDT

Whether you leave town for a vacation or leave to run a few errands, it’s easy for busy people to become careless and leave their home vulnerable to break-ins.

According to the latest FBI statistics, there were 2,159,878 burglaries in the U.S. in 2010, resulting in $4.6 billion in property loss. Out of all burglaries, more than 60 percent were the result of forced entry. Residential burglaries accounted for 74 percent, and more than half occurred during the daytime.

 You can enhance the security of your home without spending a fortune with these three simple measures.

Door Locks:

Channel 4's Crime and Safety Expert Ken Jefferson has shown us time and time again that he recommends a double-cylinder deadbolt.   There's a key hole on both sides, preventing a burglar from breaking a window, reaching around and turning a knob to unlock it.  But Jefferson emphasizes the importance of having the key nearby, in case there is an emergency situation and you need to get out of the house.