$1 fix that can stop burglars from kicking in your front door
(WKEF/WRGT) -- Every few seconds a burglar breaks into a home in the U.S., and three out of ten times someone is home, according to safe sound family.
You might think you're front door is safe and secure, but turns out it likely isn't.
And I can show you how you can better secure it for just a buck.
Kicking in your front door, isn't the best way to open your front door, but fighting back expert and retired Dayton Police Officer Bill Parsons says it's a weak spot that burglars know about.
"When you're trying to beat the lock when somebody forces their way into the door, they're not defeating the door or the lock, they're defeating the door jam and the very small throw bolt that's in there," said Parsons.
Every 14.4 seconds a burglary happens in the U.S. According to Safe Sound Family.
With homes in the suburbs one and a half times more likely to be burglarized.
Costing 4.8-billion-dollars billions of dollars in lost property, and more than a third of the time they come in through the front door.
"Just by making a few minor changes with this, you can really strengthen the door a lot," said Parsons.
"It's not going to be a lot of effort to get into this door," said Parsons.
"Ok, you promise me?" asked the reporter.
"I promise you. (laughs)" said Parsons.
A wind up, and the door barely budges.
Another try, and another.
Five kicks later, the door using only the small screws, flies open.
"Look what it did. Yeah right and see that's, see this is what gives way every time is this piece, cuz those, it just splits open,"said Parsons.
The faceplate screwed into the frame flung into the grass.
"That's the average size screw that's going to come with any, any kit you're going to buy, is that screw right there," he said.
Parsons recommends getting rid of the small screws.
"If you look at the size of this screw, look at what it's biting into, it's not even going all the way into the cosmetic board. Oh yeah," said Parsons.
And using a stainless steel 3-inch.
"There you go. Did you see that wood just suck to that thing," said Parsons, "That longer screw is going to bite into this 2X4 it's going to give you a lot more support."
Now for another try.
"Alright, you ready?" asked the reporter.
After about ten kicks, the door doesn't budge.
"Every kick you do, you fatigue more," said Parsons.
"Yeah. I'm actually starting to sweat, not gonna lie," said the reporter.
After breaking a sweat, a few more tries.
"I don't know you want to try it with me real quick?" asked the reporter to Parsons.
"Sure we'll try it together. I don't think we'll make any headway, but we'll give it a shot," said Parsons, "Let me switch sides with you so I'm near the lock, because I'm not worn out yet any way."
"One, two, three kick (kick) yeah that door's not giving," said Parsons.
But there's no giving up.
"Let's try one more time," said the reporter.
"Ok ready? Yeah, One, two, three kick (kick) Yeah that door's not giving at all," said Parsons.
After nearly 20 kicks, it's time to call it a day.
"That door didn't budge," said Parsons.
"No and like you said. Yeah the whole building shook," said the reporter.
A look inside at the damage.
"We haven't fatigued any of the locks, we haven't fatigued the faceplate not any of the furring nothing," said Parsons.
The only mark on the door itself tiny crack unseen by the camera.
"Anybody would have given up before they would have kept doing this," said Parsons, "And so for a dollar and five minutes you've made significant, significant change in your safety."
It's s simple do it yourself project, you can hire a professional.
But if you do it yourself, the 3-inch stainless steel screws cost about a dollar a piece.
*The doors in this story were provided by Dependable Construction.