I happened across this article today: 14 ways to make your home more secure - Yahoo Homes It made me contemplate a few minor adjustments. First, we are bad about making sure windows are locked. That is a pretty minor problem with an easy fix. Second, I leave my garage door opener on my visor in my SUV, which stays parked in the driveway most of the time. It would be easy for someone to bust the window out of that, open our garage door, and walk in, since we are in the habit of leaving the door between the garage and house unlocked. The town we live in is very low crime, and pretty much all of the thefts are from random unlocked cars or the like. We also have good neighbors that are fairly observant. The woman who lives on one side of us works from home, the one on the other side doesn't work and is almost always home, and the woman across the street is a stay at home mom. I also work from home some, and come home and leave at inconsistent hours due to my work, so it would be hard to find a true routine as to when the house is empty. There is also the Stanley factor. I honestly don't think he would care if someone broke in and started carting stuff out the door if we weren't home, especially if they stopped to scratch his ears or pay attention to him. But the 'Beware of Bullmastiff' sign and his rather large presence probably would make most casual thieves go elsewhere. In the end, I think a determined burglar could defeat almost any casual/moderate precautions. It's not THAT hard just to kick in a door or bust a sliding glass door out. But making it inconvenient or easy to observe such things wipes out most of the risk in many decent neighborhoods. What about your home? How high risk is your area? What precautions do you take? What do you need to improve on? How much thought do you give it?