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Protect your home from burglars this summer with these 3 products: Jeff Rossen demonstrates

TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen highlights three products that can protect your home during summer trips and cost less than $35.
by Jeff Rossen / / Source: TODAY

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Summer is a great time to get outdoors, take a vacation or go hit the beach, which also means it's peak season for burglars trying to break into your home while you're away.

TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen highlighted three security items that can help you protect your home without busting your budget.

All three products can be bought for under $35 online or at the local hardware store. That's a small price to pay for peace of mind when you're away from home this summer.

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Read on to see the products that passed Rossen's test:

1. Lock pin by Gatehouse, $3, Lowes

Gatehouse Sliding Patio Door Cylinder Lock
Lowes.com

This is also available on Amazon for $9.

The lock pin, or cylinder lock, helps make sliding glass doors more secure against someone trying to yank them open. It costs less than $3 and installation is easy: Simply drill three holes in the door and add the screws.

2. Defiant strike plate, $13, Home Depot

Defiant Bright Brass Security Latch Strike
Home Depot

A burglar trying to kick in a door that is locked with a deadbolt will have a much harder time thanks to this strike plate. The strike plate fits on any doorframe, reinforcing the door against strong blows or pounding. Standard screws come in the packaging, making it easy to install.

3. BDF S8MC window film, $35 and up, Amazon

BDF S8MC Window Film Security and Safety Clear 8 Mil (24in X 12ft)
Amazon.com

This security film helps keep the window intact even if a burglar breaks the glass. The film, which sells for $34.99, can be cut to the size of the window to coat the pane inside and out. Use a squeegee to remove any air bubbles and further secure the window if the glass breaks.

BDF S8MC Window Film Security and Safety Clear 8 Mil (24in X 12ft)
Amazon.com

For the latest in home security, Rossen also checked out the cameras and apps that make it easy to sense motion in your house, videotape intruders and alert you instantly wherever you are.

These items were handpicked solely by Jeff Rossen and his investigative team. TODAY has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not by TODAY. All prices are subject to change and items could sell out based on the merchant’s inventory.

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