This evening, between 4-6 pm, our home was broken into. It looked like a "grab and go" job, in which the thieves broke into the house and took electronics, jewelry, and cash. Be sure to lock all your gates and doors
I am so sorry for you Karen. Thanks for letting us all know.
Here's a tip from convected burglars(gone good); Make sure your door/window frames are sturdy (Burglar’s Note: Most doors/windows—even new ones—come with ¾” standard screws. These barely secure to the frame. Substitute with 2” screws to ensure security. The extra expense is worthwhile.)
So sorry to hear about that Karen. D in North Center offers up good advice. The standard screws do not penetrate deep enough into the frame or door. I replaced them on my doors and they held against a potential burglar attempting to mule kick in the door.
Just some personal experience after renting a "condo".in fancy Lakeview East (not E. Lakeview)....it's obvious throughout the gentrification and re-gentrification cycles in these Chicago neighborhoods that proper security has been dismantled while adding stainless steel appliances. The "condo" I rented (one of the few that didn't have granite countertops) still had the iron security bars on the rear windows from years gone by. They had been removed on all the other "gut-rehabbed" units. Both doors were original and their locks were circa. 1951 too.