Mariana Harrison, a realtor from Richardson, Texas, has some advice for home buyers, homeowners, renters, and just about anyone who has a front door — a simple trick she learned from her father that can potentially slow down a would-be burglar.
Spec homes are often built using the least expensive materials available. That includes door-lock screws.
The lock plate, Harrison said, comes with small screws that are only about an inch long. When she moved into her apartment, her dad took out the short screws, which he said would come out as soon as burglar tried to kick in the door, and replaced them with 4-inch screws. According to Harrison, burglars can stand there all day and try to kick in a door, and the lock simply won’t fail.
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Michael Fraser, criminal turned businessman and star of the BBC show Stop that Burglar, offers even more helpful suggestions to protect one’s home.
- Lock down your trash bins, which he says are often used by burglars to hop onto roofs or second story windows.
- Never leave your keys under objects outside of your home, since burglars often look there first for keys.
- Gravel instead of bushes around homes keeps burglars from being hidden while trying to gain entry into homes.
- Never write your home address on your luggage tags when you’re going out of town. Write only your last name and the city and hotel where you’ll be staying.
- Add multi-lever locks on your doors.
- Lock doors even when you’re at home to keep burglars from simply walking in.