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The Most Surprising Crime Zone: Your Own Home

From the Files of Linda Fairstein

by Linda Fairstein

Legal expert Linda Fairstein’s guide to protecting your home—and yourself—from violent crime

Though we often consider them to be safe havens, at least a quarter of all violent crimes occur in our homes. Regardless of the neighborhood, an open window or unlocked door can be all the invitation someone needs to break in, leaving our homes more susceptible to invasion that we realize. In The Most Surprising Crime Zone, Linda Fairstein explains the nature of this danger, and what you can do to avoid it, driving her points home with examples of real-life home invasions.

Originally published in Cosmopolitan, this essay is now available in digital format for the first time and features a new introduction by the author.

ABOUT Linda Fairstein

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Linda Fairstein is one of America's foremost legal experts on violent crimes against women and children, and a former chief of the Manhattan district attorney's pioneering Special Victims Bureau. She developed many of the techniques that have revolutionized the prosecution of sexual predators, including her early introduction of DNA as a forensic tool. Fairstein is also the author of an internationally bestselling series of crime novels featuring her fictional alter ego, Alex Cooper. The fourteenth book in the series, Night Watch, was published in July 2012. Fairstein has been a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan magazine since 2002. 

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