Crime expert gives tips to keep safe - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Crime expert gives tips to keep safe

We hired an ex-burglar turned crime educator to help you prevent a burglary. You might think this wrought iron door would keep the bad guys out. But look closer at the striker plate where the deadbolt goes in.

"You got maybe a half inch of wood here and down here to support this. And you've got these little bitty screws to support this that go in there.So when you add the small short screws with the lack of wood, this door would kick-in within two kicks. Maybe three," said crime consultant Bob Porteneir.

So Bob suggests hiring a locksmith who would add a bigger, brass striker plate with screws that would go through the door frame and fasten to the studs. Then he'd add another deadbolt.

"I'd put another deadbolt up here, straight across from this hinge. Because when a burglar breaks in, he has only one area to attack that's right there," he said. "It's about as close to impossible to break in as you can come up with."

Driving through random Cordova subdivisions, Bob spotted plenty of easy ways through front doors by breaking glass! "Now see the glass panels? I would be willing to bet you 20 bucks that deadbolt lock is a knob operated deadbolt lock. So you break the glass, you turn the knob and you're in," he said.

Bob suggests you stop using knob operated deadbolts, especially near glass: "Anytime you got glass within 40 inches of your lock, it has to be a double cylinder, a key operated deadbolt," he said. But Bob says don't leave the deadbolt key in the lock---because it's as easy for a crook to reach in and unlock as a knob operated deadbolt:

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