Make Your Home Truly Invasion-Proof
Make Your Home Truly Invasion-Proof By Jason Hanson – LFB.org
Dear Black Bag Confidential Reader,
Scammers and thieves are constantly looking for new ways to commit crime, which means security measures must also continuously evolve to keep up.
Case in point: One reader, a retired police officer, explains how burglars have figured out how to break in through older windows and sliding glass doors — even if you put a dowel in the track.
Luckily, he’s got a solution so easy you could implement it today.
Take it away, Jeff:
I just read your back issue, “Five Steps to an Invasion-Proof Home.” Nicely done! I’m a medically retired police officer with 22 years of service. Eight of those years, I was a crime scene investigator. I wanted to share with you a way that crooks can get into a home through a sliding glass door or sliding window.
I’ve heard people say one can use a broomstick in the track and cut it a couple inches short so you can leave the door/window open slightly for ventilation. The problem with this is the bad guy can get ahold of the door/window on the inside and lift it up and out of the track. But there is a remedy for this.
Open the door/window entirely. In the top track, screw in two pan-head screws about three-quarters of the way. Make sure they aren’t too wide so they don’t impede. Then close the door/window. If it hits the screw, turn it in more until the door/window clears both the screws. Now you can leave the door/window open an inch with a dowel rod in the track and it can’t be lifted out.
This primarily works for older homes, as newer windows prevent their removal when the window is partially closed.
— Jeff H.
Thank you for your 22 years of service and for this tip. This is great advice to prevent criminals from simply lifting the window out of the track. I absolutely recommend doing this to first-level windows and sliding glass doors to make them more secure.
I’ve heard conflicting things about boiling water to make it safe to drink. Is boiling really enough? How long do you need to boil the water to make it safe?
— Beth W.
This is a great question, Beth, with an answer that’s often confusing. You’ve probably heard of cities where local authorities have issued a boil water notice, but does that really make the water safe to drink?