(PRWEB) February 27, 2013
It seems that home invasions are occuring more frequently than ever. Early this week NBC's WSMV in Murfreesboro, TN reported on a mother being assaulted during violent home invasion is an example of home invasions occurring across the country every day. According to a United States Department of Justice report there are over 8,000 home invasions per day in North America. Many of these home invasions result in devastating crimes. In addition, 38% of assaults and 60% of rapes occur during home invasions. The Delaware Representative Debra Heffernan says, “Home invasion is a serious crime, and it deserves serious consequences.” Another example of this increasing crime as evident in this most recent news report by ABC News KRVG titled, "Home Invasion is a Growing Problem in Hidalgo County." Fortunately,this growing crime can be prevented.
Many of these crimes can be prevented by taking some precautionary steps, following some basic security measures, and implementing security products offered by The Security Product Depot. Almost half of all residential invasions simply entered through unlocked doors or windows. So the first line of defense in preventing home invasions is to lock and secure all doors and windows. When securing doors make sure all outside entrances and inside security doors have deadbolt locks. Windows should have secure latches and locks and burglar resistant glass. Additional security can be gained by inserting pins through the window and frame.
When selecting security door hardware, special attention should be given to the type of security locks and deadbolts being installed. There are many inexpensive locks that can be easily picked or busted open with minimal effort. Also, the keys to these inexpensive locks can usually be duplicated at any hardware store or any business that cuts keys. To effectively secure a home high security locks should be installed. High security locks are designed to be difficult to pick, and are many times drill resistant. Most importantly, high security locks also offer key control so that keys cannot be duplicated without signed authorization. This prevents maids, babysitters, boyfriends, and children from having keys made.
In addition to making sure doors and windows are properly locked and secured, there are a few other basic tips for preventing home invasions. First, make sure there is adequate lighting inside and and outside the home, especially around doors, windows, or other entry points. Along with lighting, install a security camera at door entrances. This itself can deter a possible home invasion.
When a person moves into a new house or apartment re-key the locks immediately. No one knows who may have keys or how many copies have been made. Along those same lines don't hide keys on the outside of the house, instead give an extra key to someone you trust. Finally, keep your yard clean. Prune back shrubbery so that it doesn't hide doors or windows
Should a home invasion occur take steps to minimize the impact as best as possible. To do this make sure the house number is clearly visible and easily found by emergency personnel responding. Install a safe to minimize or prevent special valuables such as jewelry, heirlooms, and documents from being taken should a home invasion occur.
Remember, normally an intruder or burglar will not spend more than 60 seconds trying to break into a home. Good locks, good lighting, and good neighbors who watch out for each other can be major deterrents to home invasions.