Is Your Home Secure?
The FBI estimates that a burglary happens every 15 seconds. Most burglars enter a home through a door or window, and usually will spend no more than 60 seconds trying to get in. Installing secure locks on doors and windows is the first line of defense against burglary.
- Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. For doors with glass windows, be sure to install a deadbolt that can be keyed on both sides. Otherwise the burglar can break the glass, reach through, and unlatch the lock from the inside.
- Replace standard window locks with locks that are harder to open from the outside, such as a sash-lock or a keyed version of the sash lock that will add even more security. For a more economical alterative, use track locks on windows, which make it hard to slide the window open.
- French doors may be opened simply by pushing hard against them, even when locked. Strengthen French doors or sliding glass doors by adding slide-rod locks to the top and bottom of one or both doors.