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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

How Do Burglars Break In?

By David Carrington - 9/15/09

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.


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