Simple Ways to
Your Family & Home
These products will make simple changes to your home to prevent home invasions and burglaries.
Why Home Protection?
The FBI Reports that over 60% of burglaries happen in residences in 2019 (latest report in 2022).
There were 576,607 residential burglaries reported. That is one burglary every minute in the United States.
Most home burglaries happen during the day.
Home burglaries during the day:
Home burglaries during the night:
Home burglaries not categorized:
How to criminals break into homes?
This answer might surprise you. If you wanted to get into your home, the easiest way is your front door.
This is also the preferred way for criminals.
Front door: 34%
Back door or screen door: 22%
First floor windows: 22%
Criminals will enter a door 56% of the time over 22% for windows.
Exterior Door Protection
Since criminals prefer the convenience of doors, lets see some simple ways we can improve the security of our home by securing the doors
Door Locks and Deadbolts
The best way to give your exterior doors security is to have a good lock. Deadbolts are a must for securing the door. When shopping look for the ANSI grade for the lock. There are three levels, Grades 1, 2, and 3. Grade 1 is the highest and the one you should buy. Handle locks do not have the strength to stop an intruder.
Grade 1 are more durable and can withstand 10 strikes with 75 lbs. This is the recommended grade to buy!
Grade 2 have moderate durability and can withstand 5 strikes at 75 lbs.
Grade 3 have the least durability and can withstand 2 strikes at 75 lbs.
After you have a good deadbolt, you must secure your door, jam, and hinges. Standard doors and jams will break within a few good kicks. Installing a protection system on your door will make even the SWAT team climb through windows.
Video explaining how door armor strengthens a door: https://youtu.be/SZktfv3CMUY
Video showing strength of door armor: https://youtu.be/oa013emj4Po
This door viewer allows you to stand away from the door and see what is on the other side with a wide angle view. Since you don’t have to go close to the door to see who is outside, it allows you to be less detected by potential intruders. I have installed several of the Defender Security brand and the results are fantastic. It is almost like a small tv screen.
It can only be viewed from the inside out. The outside is a prism and there is no way it can be viewed from the outside.
One issue is that it requires good lighting on the outside to view. So if your front porch is dim, then it’s not a good option for night time.
Sliding Door Locks
Just like you want a deadbolt on your doors, you want a good lock on your siding doors. There are a few types. Generally they need to protect from the different ways intruders can open sliding doors. They can be forced to slide open or lifted off the track and removed just like they are installed or uninstalled. A good lock will prevent both of these entries.
Sliding door security lock: https://amzn.to/3xqst8J
Security bar: https://youtu.be/oa013emj4Po
Exterior Window Protection
Windows can be an easy point of entry on a house. There are many ways they can be secured to help prevent entry.
Window styles vary and you’ll probably have to do more research on your window style to find good locking solutions.
Window Pin Lock
We have double hung windows in our house and I installed these to prevent the window from being able to open unless if the pin is removed. Before we moved in to our house, someone was able to break a window lock and enter the house. A pin like this will make that impossible without destroying the entire window frame.
They are easy to install if you know how to use a drill. I don’t install the pin all the way to completely lock, it is very difficult to like up the security feature to unlock it, especially in an emergency.
Window Security Film
Locks on windows are great to stop them from being opened, but another easy way to enter a window is by breaking it. Adding a security film to the window can prevent the window from being broken for entry. The glass breaks but the film is nearly impossible to break.
The film can be clear so it isn’t noticeable. It is applied just like tent is added to car windows.
New windows can be order with a film installed. There are additional security features that be added to new windows.
Home Security & Video Systems
If a criminal knows that your house has a home alarm system and a video system, they will probably choose a different house to burglarize.
Most criminals don’t want to get caught or to have attention drawn to them.
There are many other types of systems available but here are just a few.
Ring Camera and Alarm Systems
Just like “Duck” tape, the Ring brand has become a household name in video systems with their Ring doorbell camera. Along with the video capabilities, you can add an alarm system this is easy to setup and install. Plus the monthly fees are much lower than with traditional alarm companies.
The cameras can be added for inside or outside use. There are plugged in and battery powered versions to make install even easier.
Simplisafe Camera and Alarm System
I have used SimpliSafe in some vacant homes that I owned when remodeling them. Two times it saved my tools and materials from burglary. One time the intruder broke a window and entered but quickly left through a door after the alarm sounded. The second time they pried open a window breaking the plastic lock to enter. They either didn’t enter or quickly exited after the alarm sounded. Opening the window would have triggered the alarm. None of my tools or materials were stolen.
Like Ring, these systems are easy to self-install and they have low monthly fees. SimpliSafe can run the alarm on cellular so no WIFI is required. However, the cameras do require WIFI.
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