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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, February 21, 1973 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - 4% ng up HOME SECURITY IS COSTING MORE AND MORE; ITS TAXING THE WALLET AND YOUR INGENUITY ess days SIMPSONS SEARS Protective Maintenance Check-up For isher and Dryer Combination Price Parts Extra One service call does it all. Both laundry appliances tuned for longer life and continued performance satisfaction. Parts, if needed, are extra. Here's What Simpsons-Sears * Service Technicians Do A. On Your WASHER [ ] For the correct spin cycle ond to reduce wear, the belt tension is checked. t ] To ensure smooth operation, all moving parts ore oiled or greased. [ ] The clutch is adjusted to the proper clearance to assure correct spinning and tub acceleration during the drying cycle. [ 1 A safety performance check is made of all electrical circuits. 1 ] All water connections are checked to prevent floor and machine damage from water leaks. B. On Your DRYER [ J Check belt tension lo reduce slippage and prevent motor overload. [ ] Lubricate all moving parts to ensure smooth operation and continued performance satisfaction. [ J Check timud settings and thermostat operations to ensure optimum drying performance of regular and delicate fabrics. 1 ] Check heating element condition and connections to ensure maximum drying efficiency. t ] Check drum,seal and clean to ensure efficient drying and to reduce the chances of motor failure due to 'excess lint accumulation. Call 328-9231 By TOM TIEDE NEW YORK (NEA) - Put to an extreme but not fanciful example, a man of property today, can upon leaving his home, lock his windows with tumbler combinations, secure his liquor cabinet with a thumbprint sensing latch, button un his closets with a voice-activated bolt, seal off his outside doors with a dead-bolt that operates by push-button combination, spring an electronically operated, supersensitive sonic alarm for his grounds - and still, dag nab it, get robbed blind. Urged on by the worst crime epidemic in the nation's history, Americans have in recent years been locking up to a degree unparalleled in the civilization of man. From schoolchildren with hall lockers to the owners of Mercedes automobiles, the nation's citizens have been securing their belongings with some $430 million worth of locks and bolts a year. ARRAY And what an array of protective devices! One widely used tumbler lock has 23 million possible combinations. Experts in New York are installing multiple-closing hardware including, in some cases, pots and pans in front of the apartment door. One expert advocates putting two locks on a door and leaving one unlocked - that way a bur- glar picking both will unlock the locked but lock the unlocked. Gad. There is no end. There is one latch on the market that opens by voice command, and a salesman says of it: "For some reason, a good dirty word is very good for activating it." But for all the imagination, and the expense (an average-sized, modest home today has at least $100 worth of bolt hardware, and often as much as $1,-000), the wonder is if it's doing much good. Locksmiths say yes, "if the devices are installed correctly." But the evidence argues otherwise. DOUBLED Lock sales in the United States have almost doubled in the last five years, but so too, probably, has the burglary rate. More than 2.5 million burglaries will be reported to police this year (vs. 1.6 million in 1967) and authorities say the actual count is much higher. "Many people don't report burglaries, especially if only small things are taken," says one law enforcement expert. "We have about one burglary reported every 14-15 seconds in this country today. But if I had to guess the actual number I'd say one every 12 seconds - or maybe even one every 10." The inconsistency, here, between increased use of locks and increased numbers of successful burglaries, is easily ex- plained. Says the FBI: "Years ago a good lock would stop a good thief. He was sophisticated enough to know that he shouldn't waste time picking some latch. Now, however, the quality of the average burglar has deteriorated. He's no longer a professional. He's a kid, or a junkie, or something like that. He hasn't got brains enough to be deterred. If there's a lock on a window, he'll just break the window. It must be damn discouraging for the guy hying to protect his home." SHUT UP Indeed. Recently in New Jersey a suburban home owner ',vas robbed despite what he called "a Maginot Line of locks around the place." For years, on leaving for work each morning, he "shut up everything from my woodshed to my color TV." Alas, one day the thieves broke through. How? Two teen-age kids drove a station wagon into his driveway, broke a back window, opened the front door from the inside, and departed with his color TV. "The neighbors saw the car," snaps the victim, "but they thought it was the repair man." There is, sighs Lee Rognon, executive director of the American Locksmith Assn., "no foolproof lock." The nation can walk on the moon, mine the sea, create life in a test tube, but can't keep the addict out of the living room. Latches costing $50-$60 and throwing full-inch deadlocks into hard maple wood, can be cireum vented merely by circumventing. Thieves are entering homes and offices today through chimneys, dumb-waiters and open attic vents. Police report robbers who have pried off siding for home entry or disguised themselves as cleaning women for office capers. Some crooks have been known to take an entire window pane out and then putty it back upon leaving. Yet says Lee Rognon, war is war, we can't surrender: "We urge that locks be put on every door and every window. If you can't stop them, then at least slow them down. Delaying a thief gives police that much more opportunity to intervene." WARY Bill Cobb of the Yale Lock Corp. agrees. He says even today's unsophisticated burglars are wary of at least four things: noise,. light, time and people. He says a well-protected home will cover all. A bell alarm, for example, at under $10; a light left on in the window all night to keep burglars wondering; a system of locks which will delay a crook to the point, hopefully, he might give up for something easier; and a carefully planned "look of occupancy" in a home at all times. The last point, says Cobb, is most important. "People do dumb things. They close their curtains when they f/ out at night. They have the society columns report when they are vacationing In Hawaii. Then there is the gal who goes shopping and leaves a note on the locked door for her son; invariably the rotes says: " 'key is under the mat'." CARELESS Tlte carelessness says the Yale spokesman, is unbelievable. And the corporation is undertaking an education counter-attack. In March, Yale will open a pilot project in Atlanta to "enlighten people" concerning property protection. Do's and don'ts. Industrial ideas. Etc. Yale hopes the program will make citizens as tricky as criminals. But, don't count on it. Americans are rushing to protect their valuables with unprecedented intensity,' yet people still lose nearly $1 billion worth of property every annum. "When you get right down to it," says a New York police detective, "it's humiliating. I remember one time where a burglar robbed an apartment of a TV, some jewelry, several bottles of liquor and, get this, two of the three locks on the front door." (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) SIMPSONS bears Classic Coat Dressing In style. That's the way to travel. Or stay at home ... beautifully. Here, by Panther Pant, are coat-dress ensembles in an outstanding play of Jacquard pattern against smart, solid shades... so ideal for spring. And they give you all the comfort, all the easy-going attitude you love. Of easy-care Fortrel* polyester double knit. You can machine-wash-dry and never iron. In red, navy, black and brown. Junior sizes 7 to 15. Misses' sizes 10 to 18. Larger sizes 36 to 42. Reg'dCan.T.M. Junior, Misses' Larger Sizes $45 $4998 ladies' Suit* and Coat* STORE HOURS: Open Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thurs and Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Centre Village Mall, Telephone 326-9231 ;