Security runs the gamut from physical to personal, and from passive to active. Commercial buildings are subject to vandalism, burglary and industrial espionage. Homeowners are at risk from burglary and home evasion. Home invasion is where the bad guys force their way in when you or your loved ones are still at home. Robbery is when force is used to commit a crime and a common element is that the perpetrator is armed to some degree and either via physical size or number of bad guys uses intimidation to forcibly take items in a physical or violent manner and the building being either an occupied home or business.
How to Prevent Business Break Ins
There is an expenditure of effort and resources to secure the home or business. Commercial structures usually have metal doors and door frames making forced entry through a door difficult. Security theory has it that a person who wants in bad enough will get in if there is enough time expended to frustrate security systems. Walls and roofs have been breached, but the more time the person must use to accomplish the break-in results in an increased chance of discovery. Hardened security makes the time expenditure unproductive and they will move on to a more vulnerable property.
How to Protect Your Home from Invasion
The difficulty with homes is that the doors and frames are wood and subject to blunt force failure, i.e. kicking. Frames are usually less than ¾ inches and are installed with the wood grain running vertically. The bolt, either dead bolt or the primary latch usually extends only about from 1 to 1½ inches into the frame. When the door is forced open the wood tends to split along the grain causing failure to both the door and frame. A strike reinforcer plate with 3” screws that go in to the 2×4 frame of the building are recommended and can be installed by our technicians.
Why You Should Always Lock Your Doors
The dangers, physically and mentally of experiencing the trauma of a home evasion, are of a high magnitude. It would be suggested to lock and bolt doors even when you are home. Sexual assault, suffering and distress from physical abuse and of course the possibility of permanent maiming and death have been the result during home evasion incidents. If you have older style French double or sliding glass doors you are very vulnerable to forced entry. Newer French and sliding doors utilize multi-point locks making them some of the most secure door entryways available.
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Do not forget that structural components contribute to your safety. First Lock & Security Technologies can provide a custom security audit with recommendations on how to increase your home or business premises from break ins. Call us to schedule a consultation today!