Power4Patriots Responds to Oklahoma Home Invasion by Providing 5 Ways to Fortify a Front Door
A 20-year-old Oklahoma City resident was the victim of a home invasion murder on Jan. 14, 2013, after the front door to his home was kicked in by an intruder. In response, Power4Patriots offers 5 ways to fortify a front door.
Nashville, TN (PRWEB) January 19, 2013
Home invasions such as the one that occurred Jan. 14, 2013, in northeast Oklahoma City, Okla., and other household burglaries are all too frequent occurrences.
Power4Patriots is best known for teaching people how to build their own environmentally-friendly sources of energy such as solar panels and wind turbines so that they can slash their power bills and be safe when power outages occur. But the company is also very interested in keeping homeowners safe.
The company believes that those who secure the front and back entrances to their homes will greatly reduce the odds of being burglarized. Here are Power4Patriots’ 5 ways to fortify doors:
Get the right doors. Hollow doors are easy to kick in, but solid wood, fiberglass and metal doors are not. Doors should not have windows on or next to them. Sliding glass doors should be covered on the outside by a security grate or grille, or secured on the inside by an unbreakable polycarbonate panel.
- Keep doors locked. Install high-quality (Grade 1 or 2) deadbolt locks in addition to the doorknob lock. Bolts should be at least one inch long. A deadlock will serve as an additional lock for when the resident is home. For a sliding door, place a thick, wooden dowel in the bottom track to keep it from being opened.
- Reinforce the entryway. This involves installing cylinder guards around the lock cylinders, replacing flimsy strike plates, securing exposed hinges and fortifying the door frame.
- Install viewers (also known as peep holes). Make sure they are the kind that provide a wide-angle view and then place them at eye level on all exterior doors.
- Add a storm door. A storm door that locks will provide an extra level of protection, and will serve the dual purpose of keeping hot air out in the summer and cold air out in the winter.
Check out this Power4Patriots blog post to learn about hiding places that can be used for valuables in case of a home invasion.