This is something that I've really become interested in. I'm looking for some comprehensive sources I could read, either online or in book format, which discusses common weak points in a house and ways to strengthen them etc. All I know is that door frames can be reinforced with steel, bars and/or 3M film can be placed on windows, cameras, flood lights, security systems, and dogs are all deterrents. I don't know much about the industry but I'm thinking in a few years I'd like to be a home security consultant. I looked up burglary statistics but the Bureau of Justice Burglary Statistics
website is down. I would normally research this myself but I don't have internet access at home except for my smart phone, and Google searching on that is a pain. (I'm posting from Starbucks which closes in 20 minutes).
The Secure Home by Joel Skousen is the best I've found.
Thanks I'll check it out.
If you live in a smaller town, call the local PD and make an appointment to visit with a detective. Be right up front and ask him/her what you're concerned about. More often than not, you'll get all kinds of good info on recent break-ins and their methods. This kind of knowledge is important from your standpoint of what particular areas to harden first. Unless your budget is unlimited....
Our local PD even has an email list they send out with some details from recent cases (i.e. outside sheds broken into and tractors stolen).
Then when there get to be more than 2 armed home invasions a week you'll know it's time to move.