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In the United States...
• 85% of Burglars Enter Through a Door
• Most Burglaries Occur During Daylight Hours
• In Only 13% of All Robberies is the Thief Caught and Convicted
• Average Police Response Time to a 911 Emergency Call is Over 10 Minutes
• A Property Crime Occurs Every 3 Seconds
• A Robbery Occurs Every 1 Minute
• A Violent Crime Occurs Every 22 Seconds
• A Burglary Occurs Every 15 Seconds
• A Theft Occurs Every 5 Seconds
• An Auto Theft Occurs Every 29 Seconds
• An Assault Occurs Every 37 Seconds
• A Rape Occurs Every 6 Minutes
• A Murder Occurs Every 31 Minutes
• 6,088 Home Burglaries Per Day in the USA
• 70.3% of Burglaries Involve Residential Properties
• 67.6% of Burglaries Involved Forcible Entry or Attempts
• 38% of All Assaults Occur During a Home Invasion
• 60% of All Rapes Occur During a Home Invasion
• $4.6 Billion Worth of Property is Stolen Annually
• Average Dollar Value Stolen Per Burglary: $2,079.00
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Why Are Doors So Easily Kicked-in or Forced Open?
It all comes down to one critical design flaw and it's found on virtually every exterior residential entry door. Most exterior doors, hinges, deadbolts and door handle locks are fairly strong. It's the WOODEN DOOR FRAME also known as the door jamb that is the weakest area. Door jambs are most often constructed from softwood trees such as Pine, Spruce and Fir. These soft woods can't withstand the force of a 1/2" to 3/4" solid steel deadbolt stem being excessively forced against them as happens when a door is kicked or "shoulder slammed".
A Deadbolt Lock Does Not Truly Secure Your Door! You Must Reinforce All Entry Door Jambs to Strengthen the Door Frames
We all know that deadbolts lock doors, but what most people don't realize is that they alone don't make doors with wooden door frames truly secure. As you can see from the pictures below, even when you have a good deadbolt, your door can still be easily forced open if your door frame has not been reinforced with a long, thick, heavy-duty strike plate .
A door kick-in or any other type forced entry will almost always split (if not shatter) the wooden door frame around the strike plates and beyond for about 1 to 2 feet in each direction. FBI statistics show that 80% of all residental break-ins are from door frame failure. Because of these construction flaws, it obviously makes sense to upgrade to a long heavy-duty, high security strike plate to correct this. The photos above clearly show how the deadbolts were basically useless when those doors were assaulted. And this is not the exception, it's the rule!
Exactly How Should You Go About Making Outside Entry Doors More Secure?
Even if you have a well constructed home with good quality outside entry doors, you need to be sure that EVERY area that secures your entry doors are actually secure. Well secured exterior entryways are your first line of defense against unwanted visitors, especially against burglars and those intent on doing you harm by comitting a home invasion*.
1. You need good quality exterior entry doors.
2. You need good quality door hinges and security door locks.
3. And most importantly, you need to reinforce all of your exterior entry doors, hinges and door frames with top quality door security devices such as the all-in-one Door Security Kit. You need one installed on every outside entry door because if all of these areas are not reinforced, then it does not matter how good the doors, locks and hinges are because the wooden door frame will easily break and allow intruders to EASILY gain entry, often within just second.
Having top quality door security devices installed on every one of your entry doors will dramatically help in keeping intruders out, or at minimum, buy you the valuable extra time that you may need in order to be able to take some form of defensive action. Time is not a criminal's friend when he's trying to invade a home. Burglars will usually only try to get into your home for about 2 minutes, and beyond that, they typically will move on to easier prey.
*If you want to see just how often home invasions occur in the U.S., check out these recent home invasion news stories which are updated 24 hours a day. (These news stories will ASTOUND you).
By David Carrington - 9/15/09
Burglars Gain Entry Most Often By Kicking In Doors -- And They Can Get Inside in Less Than 1 Second!
The FBI says: "Every 12 seconds a home invasion occurs by someone going right through the front or back door". This happens in 70+% of all break-ins and "door frame failure" is almost always the cause.
Think about this. How many times have you seen the police on those real crime TV shows kick in doors? A lot, right? Well if a man in a police uniform can do it that easily, then why can't a man in a burglar outfit also do it that easily? The fact of the matter is, you don't want ANY unauthorized person to be able to gain entry into your home, much less easily.
1. Notice the short, small diameter brass screws that are on most door strike plates. And...these are the same size screws that attach the hinges to the door frame.
They provide very little support other than simply attaching the strike plate and hinges to the door frame.
2. Now notice the thin, weak, decorative soft wood trim that the strike plate WAS mounted on.
It's also important to note that there is about a 1/2" to 1" gap between the door frame and the wall studs. This is done to allow for "squaring" of the door. But, that also means that the door frame is not secured to the wall studs very well.
3. Lastly, notice how short the distance is between where the screws are on the strike plate and the front edge of the door frame. That small bit of wood is ALL that's stopping intruders from getting inside your home.
Now you can see WHY you MUST reinforce your entry doors and door frames to help prevent intruders from gaining entry through your doors.