Across the United States, a burglary occurs every 15 seconds, according to the FBI. You can reduce your risk of burglary and protect your family and your personal belongings by installing affordable and attractive burglar bars on your home’s exterior.
Most burglaries of homes and apartments occur during the daytime, with burglary rates rising in the summer months. Most burglars focus on small, expensive items that can be converted to cash quickly, including jewelry, watches, guns, laptops and tablets, stereos, video players, and small electronic devices. Security data shows that 70 percent of intruders use force to enter a dwelling with small pry bars, pliers or screwdrivers. But, since time is a critical factor in a burglary, most robbers look for an open door, window or garage. The burglar’s selection process is simple: look for an unoccupied house with easy access, plenty of cover, and clear escape routes. Since the selection process is so well-defined, installing barriers to entry can mean the difference between a burglary at your house or the one next door.
Advice from the Experts
Making your home more difficult to enter with burglar bars and security gates provides the protection you need to minimize the risk that your home will be hit. Remember, burglars likely will pass on your home if it requires too much effort to break in. Use high quality Grade-1 or Grade-2 locks on exterior doors to resist twisting, prying, and lock-picking attempts. According to security expert Chris E. McGoey, CPP, CSP, CAM, “A quality deadbolt lock will have a beveled casing to inhibit the use of channel-lock pliers used to shear off lock cylinder pins. A quality door knob-in-lock set will have a ‘dead latch’ mechanism to prevent slipping the lock with a shim or credit card.”
Installing window guards and a decorative metal gate on the front and back doors of your property can make it near impossible for an intruder to enter, and keep your personal items secure. Using a quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt or a heavy-duty, knob-in-lock set with a dead-latch mechanism can also help ensure that burglars will bypass your home for one that offers easier access.
For a free estimate on window guards and other security bar installations for your home or business, call James Earl Jones at (972) 227-8308. We offer various financing options to suit your budget and would be happy to recommend solutions that are custom-tailored to your property.