The recession has seen a boom in break-ins. But it only takes a few simple steps to keep your home safe.

Recession crime is one of the grimmer fallouts of our tested economy and our homes are the latest target. Home Office figures reveal a 4 per cent rise in burglaries across the country. Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves. In two out of ten burglaries they dont even have to use force, they get in through an open door or window. Look at your home through the burglars eyes, are there places where they could break in unseen? Have you fitted strong locks on your doors and windows? Would they have to make a lot of noise by breaking glass? Reduce the risk of burglary happening to you by making sure you've taken simple precautions. For a relatively small outlay you could make your home more secure and buy important peace of mind into the bargain by upgrading to a new anti-bump/anti-snap cylinder.

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