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The $1 investment to protect your home from burglars

Every few seconds someone breaks into a home in the U.S. There’s an inexpensive thing you can right now, to make it a lot tougher for a crook to get in.

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Every few seconds someone breaks into a home in the U.S.

More than half of the time, the crook is breaking in through a front or back door.

It’s a crime that costs Americans billions of dollars every year, not to mention the helpless, violated feeling that victims describe.

But there’s an inexpensive thing you can right now, to make it a lot tougher for a crook to get in.

The fix begins with throwing away a couple of seemingly-important screws.

The screws that come with most door latches are short - and that poses an innate security problem.

Instead - buy a couple 3-inch stainless steel screws, which will dig in 5 or 6 times deeper.

With the longer screws, the doors become stronger, making it much more challenging -- if not impossible -- for a thief to kick in your door.

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