Burglaries and unauthorised entries usually occur where the premises is unoccupied, for example the owners are away at work, holidays or engaged in other commitments away from their property. Offenders usually appraise a property for a period of time studying the movements of owners. Some people, being creatures of habit, adopt a routine in in terms of leaving and returning at the same time/day, allowing the offender/s to predict the most opportune time to strike.
Offenders will use force to enter a premises, however however, naturally the offender would prefer the easiest, quickest, quietest method of entry, for example an open door or window. The offender will also take into account the choice of an unoccupied premises with the easiest access, the greatest amount of cover and the quickest means of escaping detection after the commission of the offence.
The offenders tools of choice in assisting entry usually involve screwdrivers, pinch bars and hammers that can be easily carried and concealed about the person.
Make your premises unattractive to the offender by making your premises difficult for the offender to gain entry, forcing the offender to retreat due to lack of effort, skill or possession of high end house breaking tools needed to gain entry, thereby encouraging the to by-pass your property in favour of an easier and safer target.
Offenders are usually aware of the fact that a garage door providing cover is normally the weakest point of entry, or possibly the back door, also providing cover thus avoiding detection. Incorporate a restricted key system and use high quality commercial grade 2 locks with dead latch mechanisms on exterior doors, able to resist force turning, cylinder picking and bumping. (e.g. mushroom pins), complimented by a quality deadlock with 304 grade stainless steel rose, turn knob and trim.
The standard lock striker is secured only by the softwood doorjamb mouldings (metal door frames being an exception) attached to the frame of the door with small nails. Such mouldings can be dislodged together with the door strike by forcing the door inwards and gaining entry. Upgrade to a four screw heavy duty plate and install this heavy-duty strike plate using 75 mm wood screws to cut deep into the door frame stud. Use these longer screws in the knob lock strike plate as well and use at least one long screw in each door hinge.