This morning, I read a blog post on home security by Lou Manfredini and really liked his “common sense” ideas. (Click here to see his tips for a safe home.) This topic interests us because we regularly receive calls to help with damaged doors like the one pictured here.
Most break-ins are through windows and doors which you can discourage taking these steps:
- Lock your windows and doors – simple, easy. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 40 percent of annual household burglaries, the thief simply walked, climbed or crawled into the house.
- Add dead bolts to your entry doors. And place your extra key out of sight!
- If you have a hollow wood exterior door, replace it with a solid door. Those hollow doors are fragile and easy to destroy.
- When you replace your door, add a steel reinforcement plate behind the door frame (jamb) at the lock area.
- Old sliding doors/windows have inadequate locks. Place a wood dowel rod or two-by-four on the inside track to stop the slide. Size the rod or 2×4 to just fit into the track area.
These are just a few of our suggestions. If you have any ideas, post your thoughts on our Facebook or Twitter pages If you have any questions, call us at 896-1717.
And be safe!