Security door screens are usually installed to offer that extra bit of security when you are home on your own or when someone comes to the front door. But this doesn't deter break ins especially as opportunistic thieves rely on our complacency of leaving our keys in the door once we get home on the inside after we have locked the door.
There has been a spike of late in Brisbane and out lying areas creeping up to Toowoomba of people cutting through the screen doors to gain access, especially when the keys are left in the door. Security doors can be fitted with a device that offers extra depth and protection around the key area. When we attend break and enters that have either gained accessed via doors or windows, we offer upgrade advice for their situation. One of the key deterrents for security screen breakins is by installing one of the security screen protector ‘ad a guard’ (see final image) which is a plastic sheeting, this extends the security if someone tries to cut the screen to reach in and open the handle, this is a common trick that is used. This extra protection acts as a deterrent to this kind of crime.
A high number of victims (60 per cent) in the ABS research cited a door or window had been damaged or tampered with in attempted break-ins, so it pays to invest in strengthening these defences. A solid core door with a deadlock, for example, is harder to force, grilles and shutters prevent burglars from breaking in through windows, and a peep hole or lockable security screen can help keep burglars out. Alliance; Tips to Secure a Home