A locked door could be just as dangerous to your security as a locked locker.
According to a study by the Lock Up Foundation, a national organization that supports and defends lock-free communities, more than 1,500 people in the United States have been shot by intruders in their homes in the past decade.
While locking your door is often a common practice in these communities, locking your property to protect it from thieves can be a very different matter.
In a study of lock-ups in New York City, the New York Post reported that nearly two-thirds of the lock-downs in the city had been carried out by burglars.
A survey of a large number of lockdowns in rural counties found that only 1 in 20 of them had been successful in deterring the burglary.
Lockdowns are often carried out with locks and keycards that are often locked behind glass, and sometimes in an area where the lock can be easily broken.
The National Lockdown Coalition estimated that more than 500,000 locks and keys are needed in the U.S. to keep people safe from burglars and other intruders.
If you have a lock, get rid of it.
The Lock Up Project recommends that homeowners replace all locks with new, reusable ones that have been designed to be more easily unlocked.
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