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.

Top 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.

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  • 10 Ways to Break Into a House

    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 »

  • Are you a lock-picking expert?

    Are you a lock-picking expert?

    If you find yourself locked out of your house, you might be tempted to learn your way around a lock pick. But while the theory is easy, getting a lock to open without a key is a little harder. See more »

  • How a Panic Room Works

    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 »

  • How Burglar Alarms Work

    How Burglar Alarms Work

    Security systems can range from do-it-yourself kits for $10 to sophisticated whole-house networks installed by professionals. But most alarm systems are actually built around the same basic design concepts.  See more »

  • How Combination Locks Work

    How Combination Locks Work

    They keep the contents of your school locker safe. They secure precious documents and monetary instruments. Some of them can even take a bullet. Learn about what's going on inside combination locks. See more »

  • How do motion sensing lights and burglar alarms work?

    How do motion sensing lights and burglar alarms work?

    How can motion-sensing lights detect your presence, and what prevents them from seeing you when you're standing still? It all comes down to the movement of light. See more »

  • How does a master key work?

    How does a master key work?

    The super of our apartment building is always going into everyone's apartment when something needs to be fixed. There must be a hundred apartments, but he only carries one key around with him. How does he get into all those apartments? See more »

  • How Emergency Power Systems Work

    How Emergency Power Systems Work

    Most of us are entirely dependent on electricity, so a power outage can become seriously annoying. Learn about the generators and inverters that can put an end to home power failures. See more »

  • How Lock Picking Works

    How Lock Picking Works

    In movies, burglars can open a lock using a paper clip. Is it really so easy? The basic process of picking a lock is simple, but it takes practice to get it right. See more »

  • How Locks Work

    How Locks Work

    This set of articles includes explanations of lockpicking and safecracking, as well as the mechanical workings of many of the most common types of locks. See more »

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