Mariana Harrison, a real estate broker in Richardson, Texas, shared a Facebook post on Jan. 23, 2016, about home security. When Harrison moved into her first apartment, her father replaced the 1/2-inch manufacturer screws in her strike plate with 4-inch screws in an attempt to deter would-be burglars. Her post has created quite a stir with over 25,000 comments since it was put online.
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Although Security Infographic: A Burglars Quest points out that 34 percent of home break-ins occur as a result of the front door getting kicked in, many viewers of Harrison's post question whether simply replacing the screws will keep the door and frame from giving way under a good kick. Safeguard the World recommends replacing hollow doors with either solid core or metal doors and using "heavy duty deadbolts with a 1-inch throw bolt." The site also recommends using a "knob-in-lock set with dead latch mechanism" and a "heavy duty strike plate with 3 inch screws into the frame." To go the extra mile, replacing the locks in the doors every time you move in to a new place and making sure you have a wide-angle peephole are also great ideas.

Although no such thing as a "burglar-proof" home exists, taking a few extra precautions can definitely give people an extra sense of security. A little bit of investment can go a long way and help keep your house out of the statistics for successful break-ins.

My dad gave me this advice a long time ago when I moved into my first apartment. He even came out and changed the screws...

Posted by Mariana Harrison -Realtor on Saturday, January 23, 2016