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The Lure of a No Lock Home

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The Lure of a No Lock Home

Many people who grew up in the town that I live in donít lock their doors. We probably donít have to, but we do. My husband grew up in a city and I hail from a New York City suburb. We just lock the doors, mostly out of habit. But, when we go on vacation each summer on an island where the only means to get on and off the island is by ferry, like the native islanders, we donít lock the house when we leave for the day or in the evenings when weíre sleeping.

Having grown up in close proximity to NYC, we watched the NYC news. So, the notion of city dwellers with triple locks, alarms and bars on apartment windows is etched in my mind. With high crime rates in NYC to the tune of 19,263 burglaries in 2009, it surprised me to read that there are many people in NYC who donít lock their doors. Especially since, of those recent burglaries, 5,041 did not involve forced entry.

It seemed ludicrous to me that some of those burglaries could have been averted if the homeowners just locked their doors. Apparently, just like there are cat and dog people, thereís a whole contingency of No Lock people too. This New York Times article elaborates:

ďThe No Lock People: You may doubt their existence, particularly in big cities like New York, but people who do not lock the doors to their houses and apartments do exist ó and in surprising numbers. A 2008 survey by State Farm Insurance of 1,000 homes across the country reported that fewer than half of those surveyed always locked their front doors. And while people who habitually lock their doors are incredulous that others do not, those who donít lock are surprised that anyone would be shocked by it.Ē

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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4:03AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

These days, thanks to modern roads and transport, criminals can easily get out to those innocent areas where people leave their doors unlocked. Such places must be so much easier to rob than city dwellings.

2:49AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

thanks for sharing

1:28AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

You won't get any house and contents insurance cover if you habitually leave your house unlocked. At least not in any Australian city you won't. It would be nice to not have to worry about the crime element. I believe that locked doors make most people feel more secure. Just my opinion :)

8:19AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Probably depends somewhat on whether or not the person has left their property and degree that there is someone around with a view of access to their property or not. Related is whether or not people lock their cars when parked in their driveways.

1:03AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

I just think it is safer to lock your doors when you leave and lock them again when you come back home. Not only are there the burglars who rob you when your away...There are also many home invasions with innocent people being murdered in their very own home where you think you are safe. I keep my doors locked at all times and I keep my dogs (big and small) inside too at night.

7:54AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

I would love not to lock my doors

9:46AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

The world that we live in isn't all that safe a place. This is sad, but true as witnessed by the large number of break ins and other crimes against people and property.
Locking your doors may not stop a determined criminal, but it may slow them down a bit. Above all, they will help you feel a bit safer.

7:17AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thanks for sharing

1:58AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:17PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Ilovk my doors because I don't want anyone coming in and letting my pets out! Take the house I don't care ..leave my sweet ones here! In this day you must be safe and sadly Ihave never lived anywhere that I felt safe enought not to lock the doors!

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That´s really amazing, if a cat loves you she does it unconditionally!

I don't have a pet right now ..... but sure wish I did. Thanks for posting.

Sounds reasonable

great enough ideas so worth revisiting

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