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Despite the fact that today there are means to prevent a large number of home burglaries, invasions still take place and in fact every 15 seconds. It's not only about losing valuable stuff but having to deal with perpetrators – if you are in the house – or coming home to a messy place. It's frightening to say the least! There are definitely no perfect recipes, which can guarantee that no one will ever manage to break into your house but there are certainly solutions that can prevent it to a great extent. Deadbolt installation is definitely step number one but must be followed by other steps as well.
How to make break-in hard
Is having the locks replaced the only solution to burglaries? Although having new locks installed is a great solution, it's not the only one. There are plenty more ways and ideas on how to ensure no one will intrude whether you are at home or not. Of course, it starts by having good dead bolts. They must be graded by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) as first class bolts and the longest their bolt, the better. If the bolt inserted into the strike plate's hole is not long enough, perpetrators can open the door easier. Lock repair is required when there are problems and the door must be aligned. It's also vital to use long screws for both the strike plate and the door hinges.
If there are windows close to door locks, they must be kept closed or have bars. The distance should be at least 42 inches so that no one can reach and unlock the door from within. Also reinforce window security with good locks. If they are too close to the door, they should have a stop that will prevent them from opening more than six inches. For glass doors, install a rod that will keep the door from sliding open.
Don't make the life of perpetrators easy by leaving ladders out in the open. They can use them or climb to nearby trees to reach the upper floor windows. Thus, trimming tree branches is also useful.
It goes without saying that all security door locks must be secured even if you are at home. Intruders do break-in in broad day light, too.