Common-Sense Home Safety

By Burt Helm
The good news on home security is that household burglaries are affecting a smaller percentage of the U.S. population than a decade ago. The number of households per 1,000 victimized by burglaries has plummeted 49% since 1993, to 29.6% in 2004, according to Justice Dept. statistics.
But the number has stabilized and even risen some in recent years. And even the rosiest statistics come as little consolation to