Here in the east there has been a rash of robberies, by breaking into people's homes. The thieves go through open windows. You can buy a window lock, that allows you to open the window, and lock it in that position.
The lock allows for ventilation by securely holding double hung windows in partially open position. Windows open fully when guard is released. 1-9/16 inch guard/mounting area required. 7/8 inch minimum glass inset. 3/4 x 1inch strike. Screws included.
So if you want just a little fresh air you can set the window lock, that the window is only open a few inches. You can either purchase them on the Internet or in a hardware store. They are also called window vent guards and are made by Stanley.
Another good deterent is to have good outdoor lighting on motion detectors and (we got this tip from our local police dept.) also change your habits so they can't see a pattern. Leave a light on in the den one night and then in the kitchen the next. Park in your garage one night and on the street for awhile the next. Open drapes, close them, etc. Keeps burglars guessing!
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