Harrison is a real estate agent who lives in Texas, and one of the very first pieces of advice that she offers to new homeowners is the exact advice that her father gave to her so long ago when she moved into her first apartment. Now, she wants to share that advice with all of us.
Many years ago, when Mariana Harrison moved into her first apartment, her dad came by with his tool box. He asked to see the locks on her front door, but when he saw them, he knew immediately that those locks would be useless for stopping an intruder that was determined to enter.
He set to work removing the screws that came standard with the locks, and Mariana could see that they were very small, only a half an inch long. Her dad switched them out, quick and easy, with four inch long screws that would certainly prevent anyone from simply kicking in his daughter's door.
Not long ago, Mariana decided to share her story on Facebook, and said:
"My dad gave me this advice a long time ago when I moved into my first apartment. He even came out and changed the screws for me as soon as I moved in. Someone else recently posted about it and I thought I would share a good home security tip that you may have never thought about. Most contractors install the plates with the supplied screws which are only a half inch long and come out with one kick by a burglar. He installed 4 inch screws in their place that go through the door frame and into the framing of the house. They can kick for a long time before they get tired! You can see in the picture the screw in his hand is the screw supplied with the door hardware. Making a burglar make a bunch of noise and be foiled in their initial plan can not only give you time to arm yourself but they will most likely move on to an easier target."
After sharing her home security tip on Facebook, she's received over three hundred thousand shares and over two hundred and fifty thousand likes.
And out of the thousands of people who read her post, many of them were inspired to comment, saying:
"Wow that is amazing!! Such an easy thing to do and never thought of that. Going to change mine out this weekend. Thanks"- Stacey Politi Buettner
"This really works, had someone try to kick in our door at 3am one night, they kicked it seriously hard 3 times and the door didn't budge at all, then they ran off. We had just installed a key pad door knob and used deck screws like this. I was impressed and totally had to eat my words cuz I laughed at my hubby for his "overkill" door installation. That overkill may have saved us."- Patti Bergevin
"Great idea I did that in my old house. It really works. Also we drilled a hole through the wood on the side of the window into the window frame and stuck a long nail into the hole so that the window could not be lifted unless the pin was removed from inside the house. It worked because someone tried to break into my living room and they could not get in."- Carol Whitzel
Take a look at the following videos to find out a few more helpful tips to prevent a home invasion:
Wow! That's good to know and such an easy fix! Do you have any other quick and easy homeowner tips on security to offer?
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