Some people get a 25% price reduction on house/renters insurance for having an active security system. Its worth asking. Also, a 95-cent Sliding Window Lock with Thumbscrews (2-Pack)-U 9802 - from The Home Depot is a cheap security measure!
On our first floor we installed 2 inch door latches on the window frame for security. Works as a window stop and no one can lift our windows higher than the latch. Yet we just retract it if we want to open the window all the way.
Keeping doors windows locked is 1st line of defense. Make wireless alarms your 2nd. The alarms are activated by doors or windows opening. Burglars hate noises, so even a small alarm usually sends them running. The alarms are available at home centers ($20-door alarms; $7-window). Or check out Intermatic at intermatic.com or Door Window Alarms at doorandwindowalams.com. Use alarms for doors windows in “hidden” areas of the house where you don't normally gather and that are often dark.
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