Many people are looking at ways to better protect their homes. The number of home intrusions is on the rise across the U.S. The Department of Justice estimates every year just over 3.7 million people will become a victim of burglary. These home invasions cost the average American $2000 in monetary value, though the emotional trauma cannot be measured.
High-Cost Home Security Systems vs Physical Security
Although many victims of an intrusion will consider a home security system after a break-in, the best possible method is to improve physical security. Whereas the number of smart homes is on the rise, it is beneficial to install home security measures such as cameras, sensors, video doorbells, and motion detectors. Then increase physical security with security doors, entryway enclosures, window guards, and Crimsafe®, as they will help to ensure criminals stay out.
Increased Law Enforcement vs Increased Physical Security
With rising home invasions, municipalities simply do not have the revenue to strengthen law enforcement. The best thing we, as homeowners and tenants, can do is decrease our risk of becoming a victim by stepping up the systems we use to keep intruders out.
There are certainly many things we can do on a daily basis to reduce our risk that will not cost us anything, or next to nothing. Always make your home look occupied even when you’re away. Work out a schedule with your neighbors to bring in the mail, cut the grass, and turn on lights while on vacation; you can do the same for them next time. Putting TVs and lights on timers are another smart strategy.
However, try as we may, burglars can still try to gain entry to your home and they will likely try to do it while you and your neighbors are working. According to statistics, the most common time for a home break-in is between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Therefore, it is best to step up your physical security.
Home security begins at your front door—and all doors for that matter. One-third of all home burglars come in the front door. Therefore, adding a steel door with kick plates and bump proof locks can eliminate potential burglary attempts.
Wood doors and key entry locks are quickly becoming extinct as homeowners everywhere are realizing how vulnerable these are to home intrusion. At Steel Shield Security Doors, we offer several beautiful steel door designs and custom-designed doors to improve physical security for your home and family.
The next area of physical security everyone should consider is window guards. Many homeowners get fooled into believing the addition of an expensive window film will deter a home invasion. Whereas it is true the window will be harder to break and the cleanup will be easier because the glass shards won’t fly everywhere, a burglar will not be intimidated or deterred.
However, steel window guards protect your home from burglars who would enter through a window which does not face the street, so they can slip in unnoticed. What’s more, our attractive designs will add curb appeal and increase the value of your home while expanding physical security.
Another consideration for escalating your home’s physical security is Crimsafe®; a steel-framed mesh covering for windows and doors that allow a cool breeze to flow through your home while keeping out insects, critters, and intruders. You can also use this excellent choice to surround outdoor dining and lounging areas.
This energy-efficient screen is nearly impossible to cut through or kick down to allow entry. Plus, chemical coatings protect it against the elements and rust. These coatings add longevity to the beauty of the design and mean fewer replacements over the lifespan of your home.
Steel Entryway Enclosures
For maximum physical security when you have an unprotected entryway, you should install a genuine steel enclosure. Many homeowners buy into the idea of beautifying the front of their homes with aluminum facades that add curb appeal, but not much in the way of physical security. Spending a few more dollars to add real steel could save the expense of replacing the items stolen by an intruder. Nothing beats steel for real physical security.
Entry gates and enclosures add another layer to your home’s physical security measures and look excellent. What’s more, if we don’t have something in stock you believe will match your home’s exterior, our designers can custom make an enclosure for you.
Contact the Home Security Professionals at Steel Shield Security Doors Today
If you intend to step up your home’s physical security because of a break-in or an increased awareness of the risks, call Steel Shield Security Doors at (623) 581-3667. We will give you a free estimate for steel doors, window guards, Crimsafe®, or a steel entryway. Or stop by and chat with us in person at 1725 West Williams Drive, Building E, Suite 54, Phoenix.