Your security

What cops and crooks say you’re doing wrong

Last reviewed: June 2011
Illustration of a pad lock
Photo illustrations by Stephen Webster

You're an easy target. That's what we heard when we talked to police, experts, and especially people who have spent time on the other side of the law. As vacation season begins, and crime doesn't take a holiday, these security missteps may surprise you—or at least remind you what police dramas taught: Be careful out there. Here are the mistakes to avoid at home, with your electronics, and for your personal finances.