A 2013 survey reported that 59% of all burglaries were the result of forced entry. Additionally, over one-third of break-ins were the result of a thief walking right through the front door of a home! This could be because in more than 10% of homes, deadbolts may have been improperly installed during door installation. This is frightening considering in the U.S. a home burglary occurs approximately every 13 seconds.
This is means that when installing a door, it is important to have a quality deadbolt; in some cases this might even require obtaining different types of keys from the ones used for the doorknob. Quality deadbolts are important for residential and commercial door locks. FBI statistics from 2013 state that in the United States that year, there were 1.9 million burglaries. This resulted in $4.5 billion in property loss. This means that not only is safety a concern but money is as well. Even if you are not home or at your office, it is important that your things are well protected; about 63% of residential burglaries take place during the day so this is especially important for homeowners to remember.
Something many people might not know is that renters are 85% more likely to experience break-ins than homeowners. This means that if you’re a tenant, it is important to talk to your landlord about installing a door with quality locks. If you notice any problems with your locks, you should notify them immediately. This goes for tenants of commercial buildings as well as residential. Especially if you keep any money or valuables in your place of business overnight, you should make sure your locks are secure and high quality.
It is easy to get into the illusion of safety but the fact is, burglaries happen all the time. Fortunately, they are easily preventable. A quality deadbolt can be the difference between a safe home and a vulnerable one. It’s well worth it to take a little extra time and money during your door installation to ensure that you have a safe environment to come back to.