Editor's Note: The first thing that struck me during my first ever visit abroad was the absence of huge metals guarding windows or doors of the houses. Burglary proof doors and windows are regular features of almost every home in Nigeria given the prevalence of armed robbers and robbery attacks. When I was younger, I thought the metals were for aesthetics purposes but how quickly that veil of innocence was torn. An open door or unguarded door was an open invitation for these nefarious night prowlers so home owners took these devices seriously.
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