How to stop crooks from kicking down your front door

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Break ins where criminals kick down front door can happen fast, without anyone noticing. But there are inexpensive ways to turn your front door into a fortress.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say in 2017 there were 3701 residential burglaries reported. This year there has been 3061 cases reported. Just because break ins are down doesn’t mean your guard should be.

“Just a simple kick and it flew right open,” said Chad Lingafelt from Loc Doc Security. “You could walk up to any home in this neighborhood and probably find the exact same thing.”

We put the theory to the test, with homeowner Zac Phifer standing by: “It was insane I did not expect for it to give that easily.”

Lingafelt says most front door aren’t fortified when they are installed. “The harder it is to break into your home, the less likely it’s going to happen.”

But there are simple, cheap changes you can make. First, replace your short screws for longer screws. Lingafelt says three or four-inch screw is best. “It gives you the ability to secure the door frame. And it’s going to hold up sustainably longer.” Next, drill in a four-foot strike plate. “The big benefit of this is you have the ability to apply those 3-4 inch screws all the way down… so you have now created a reinforcement barrier.” And then there is the lock. Trade the flimsy household dead bolt for a heavy duty lock.

After we fortified the home, the door didn’t budge when a Loc Doc employee tried to kick it down again.

 “I feel a lot more confident if someone tries to kick my door down they will not be able to get in,” said Phifer.

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