A white-haired woman came home from work, opened the front door of her tree-shaded brick house in an affluent suburb and found the place in mild disarray. Alarmed, but unthinking, she hurried through the house. The portable color TV was missing from its stand. The camera was gone from the front hall closet. The suitcases were not in the storage room. Her husband arrived just then, and they called the police.
After a little investigation, the police learned that the working couple were out of the house every day, that the front door and "maybe the backdoor" were locked, and that the victims didn't know all that was missing.
Further investigation turned up one appalling clue- the woman next door had called a taxi for two men with suitcases. The neighbor said she had never seen the men before and just figured they were from the Salvation Army or someplace taking old things away, and maybe their truck broke down.'
This incident, absurd but true, illustrates how brazen burglars have become and how they are helped by the average householder's negligence and naivete. City dwellers have long since been made forcibly aware of burglars. But suburban and small-town residents, which perhaps most H&S families are. have only recently come to realize that burglars also hit close to home—one out of every 45 American homes, according to an estimate made by the 3M Company's security division.
Burglary ranks first of all crimes in this country and is widening its lead. The