Marina Harrison moved out into her first apartment. She was excited, but her father was understandably nervous for her. He gave her some advice and did something for her that she just had to share with the rest of the world. Below, you’ll see a picture of a metal plate used for the door lock, and two screws. One screw is four inches long, and the other is barely the width of a finger.
Most contractors install the plates with the supplied screws which are only a half inch long. They come out with one kick by a burglar.”
Dad went on to switch out the screws for larger, more secure screws that any burglar would have a harder time breaking through. While the longer screws can still be kicked in, it can take 10 to 15 seconds for a burglar to kick a door in with one of these large screws as opposed to instantly with the small, standard screw. Those few extra seconds will not only alert anyone inside of the house, it will cause dogs to bark in the neighborhood (or inside of your home, if you have dogs), and allow you to grab a weapon or pick up your phone to call for help.
Most burglars are looking for an easy target, and if the door doesn’t swing open in one kick, most will give up and move on quickly.
Some people have pointed out that this safety measure might also stop emergency personnel from kicking in a door, such as firefighters or first responders, but many firefighters have chimed in saying that they have equipment for these types of doors and would rather see the public safe from burglaries instead.
Will you be switching out your screws?
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