According to FBI crime statistics a burglary occurs every 15.4 seconds in the U.S. While the majority of burglaries occur when people are away from home, some occur when people are home, which makes them even more prone to becoming victims.
Jumping Targets offers helpful advice for people, including how to protect themselves, their families and their homes.
- Practice – Jumping Targets recommends exercising the Second Amendment, which gives people the ability to use armed force when burglars enter a home with the intention of using deadly force. Jumping Targets offers metal shooting targets, including the popular IPSC Hostage Silhouette Target, which makes it easier for people to practice self-defense situations. These AR500 steel targets help people hone their shooting skills, teaching them to remain calm in serious situations. Another great alternative is the AR-500 Steel Small Sniper Bot Shooting Target. This compact version also allows people to practice for self-defense situations.
- Doors and Locks – The first step is to protect the home and make it more difficult for burglars to force entry. Replace doors with the following:
- Solid core or metal doors for any entry points;
- Quality and heavy-duty deadbolt locks with sturdy one-inch throw bolts;
- Knob-in-lock sets that feature dead-latch mechanisms;
- Heavy-duty, four-screw strike plates that require 3” screws to secure deep within the wooden door frame; and
- A 160° wide-angle peephole that is mounted no higher than 58”.
- Sliding Glass Doors – Secured by latches and not locks, these are easy to force open from the outside. To avoid easy access, consider the following additions:
- Add a secondary blocking device to sliding glass doors;
- Always keep latch mechanisms in good condition and adjust properly;
- Maintain sliding door rollers so they are in solid condition and properly adjusted;
- Use anti-lift devices, which may include upper track screws or through-the-door pins; and
- Use visible alarm decals, such as block watch warnings or beware of dog notices.
- Windows – Never leave windows unlocked or covered by trees or fences.
- Make sure all windows are accessible and none are blocked;
- If windows are required to remain open for ventilation, block access and limit it to 6”;
- Never leave a window open that is near a door;
- Always use anti-lift devices to help prevent windows from being opened; and
- Use alarm decals or crime prevention notices on windows.
- Lighting – Leave interior lights on to show activity indoors and keep the exterior of the home well lit so neighbors can easily see what is going on.
- Time interior lights to establish occupancy patterns;
- Exterior lighting should extend at least 100’;
- Always use lighting for pathways surrounding the door;
- Use photo-cells and light timers to turn lights on/off automatically; and
- Use infrared motion sensor lights, which automatically come on.
*This advice is in no way intended to supersede police advice. It is best if people contact their local police or sheriff department for additional information. Jumping Targets is hereby held harmless from all information in this article and is not responsible for providing safety or security information.