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To make you house more secure, you do not have to drive up your electric bills with outdoor lights on all night. Here are some simple low-energy usage security tips -
1) Install motion-sensing outdoor security lights and adjust them to stay on only one minute after motion is no longer detected.
2) Post a "Security Alarm" or "Beware of Dog" sign in your yard.
3) Make sure all your window latches and locks are in the fully locked position. If a latch is not fully locked, wiggling it from outdoors can sometimes loosen it and allow the window to be opened.
4) Plant thorny varieties of shrubs under windows in dark areas.