twenty-three percent of break-ins happen through the first floor windows
Illustration Sean McCabe
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First-Floor Windows: 23% of Break-Ins

You'll need sash locks, of course, but easy-to-reach windows should get double protection. This wireless alarm system sounds off every time a window is opened to scare away would-be intruders.

GE Wireless Alarm System kit with 3 battery-operated alarms, $30; Jasco Products
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