Keeping your family and your possessions safe should be at the forefront of every homeowners mind. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, there were roughly 1.6 million burglaries in the U.S. in 2015 and of those cases, 34% of burglars entered right through the front door.
Forced entry (like kicking a door open) is the most common form of entry during a burglary, accounting for almost 60% of buglaries while an additional 6% involved attempted forced entry.
The FBI reported that burglary victims lost $3.6 billion in property in 2015, and that the average victim lost around $2,300. This doesn’t account for the damage to the home incurred during the break in. Even if the burglars don’t take anything of great significance to the victim, a several thousand dollar loss can be an overwhelming setback depending on the victim’s finances.
What is perhaps most alarming about American burglaries is that residential burglaries make up 71% of all burglaries. This makes burglary, and burglary prevention, primarily a homeowner’s issue rather than a business owner’s issue.
Suburban homes with a generic front door are extremely vulnerable to burglary, and homeowner risk losing thousands in damages and stolen property. However, burglars are not without weakness.
Regardless if your budget is $100 or $100,000, take a look at your home’s security and ensure that you and your family are always safe. We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction whether or not a Shield door is right for you.