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Chapter 14. Family Matters > Making Home a Safe Haven - Pg. 153

Family Matters --Dorothy Parker 153 Although home burglaries might seem random, experts find that burglaries involve a simple selection process. Burglars tend to choose homes that appear unoccupied and have the easiest access, the greatest amount of cover, and the quickest escape routes. If you know that, there are some common- sense things you can do to make your house or apartment less of a target and harder to get into. They include simple steps such as keeping windows and doors locked securely, leaving lights on inside and outside the house, and considering installing an alarm system. Quicksand! If your home isn't safe because of domestic abuse or violence, don't make the all too common mistake of putting off dealing with it and never assume there's no place to turn. Whether the violence is di-rected at you or someone else in your home, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24 hours a day at 800-799- SAFE or at the number for the hearing impaired 800-787-3224. For more detailed suggestions and expert advice, schedule a time to contact your local police de-