Part 1: Multiple Choice

1 A well-protected house
is less likely to be burgled.
is regarded as a challenge by most criminals.
is a lot of bother to maintain.
is very unlikely to be burgled.

2 According to the writer, we should:
avoid leaving our house empty.
only go out when we have to.
always keep the curtains closed.
give the impression that our house is occupied when we go out.

3 The writer thinks that hiding a key under a doormat or flower pot:
is a predictable place to hide it.
is a useful place to hide it.
is imaginative.
is where you always find a spare key.

4 The 'aforementioned precautions' refer to steps that:
will tell a burglar if your house is empty or not.
are the most important precautions to take to make your home safe.
will stop a potential burglar.
will not stop an intruder if he has decided to try and enter your home.

5 Gaining entry to a house through a small window:
is surprisingly difficult.
is not as difficult as people think.
is less likely to happen than gaining entry through a door.
is tried only by very determined burglars.

6 According to the writer, window locks, security locks and burglar alarms:
cost a lot of money but are worth it.
are good value for money.
are luxury items.
are absolutely essential items.

7 The writer argues that fitting a chain and an eye hole:
will prevent your home being burgled.
avoids you having to invite people into your home.
is only necessary for elderly people.
gives you time to check if the visitor is genuine.

8 The best title for the text is:
Increasing household crime.
Protecting your home from intruders.
What to do if a burglar breaks into your home.
Burglary statistics.