Home Security

Good home security allows you to enjoy your house and relax. Learn how various home security systems work and how to maintain a secure home.


10 Ways to Break Into a House

You might be surprised at the tricks burglars can use to sneak inside your home. Not because they're so cunning, but because they're really quite simple. What should you be on the lookout for? See more »

To pick a lock you'll need some picks (or paper clips) and a tension wrench. Learn what lock-picking tools you need to pick a lock in this article. See more »

To open a lock, the bottom pins must be aligned so they're all below the shear line. Learn how to pick a master lock in this article. See more »

Lock pick guns work on the same principle as raking a lock by pushing up the pins. Learn how lock pick guns work in this article. See more »

Top 5 Home Security Tips

It's not that hard to get into most houses. Between the keys hidden under mats, the shoddy locks and the soul-baring social network statuses on vacation plans, it's pretty easy to find a home's weak spot. How should you protect yours? See more »

How Pepper Spray Works

Pepper spray is a common law enforcement and self-defense tool -- it's easy to carry and easy to use, and although it's extremely irritating and debilitating, it generally doesn't cause any problems in the long run. How does this spicy weapon work? See more »

10 Simple Ways to Discourage Break-ins

You don't have to buy an alarm system to prevent burglaries. If your home looks lived-in and if your neighbors seem nosy, you're preventing crime. See more »

What's the best way to prevent a thief from entering your home?

Locking your doors with deadbolts should be your first line of defense against home invasion. But what if that isn't enough? How can you keep your home safe? See more »

How a Panic Room Works

Today's high-tech panic rooms are a far cry from fallout shelters of the past. You can have a basic reinforced closet -- or a luxury security den with an arsenal of weapons. See more »

Home-Security Tips

While it's difficult to protect your home from professional thieves, most home burglaries are done by amateurs. These thieves are more easily thwarted if you employ some of the following security precautions. See more »