We came across the aftermath of this while out shopping last week. A day or two later we found out this happened maybe 2 miles down the road. It seems that the home break in/invasion bug is creeping from Hickory into our small town.
"LONG VIEW - A tip from a Charter cable repairman led Long View police to a break-in in progress that turned into a car chase Wednesday afternoon.
The witness told police he's seen several men kicking in doors to a house on Second Avenue, NW.
When Long View Sgt. Scott Pitts pulled up, a man ran, jumped into a white 1999 Chevrolet Suburban where other men were waiting and sped away. The driver ignored Pitts' order to pull over."
rest of story here.
Break-in tip leads to chase, manhunt
I used to not think much about this stuff and had a few choice words for folks who "worried" so much about it. After several of these, a couple of follow home robberies, and reading some threads here I decided to take some steps. I've been carrying around the house more often, all day today. Trying to get my wife to as well, working on that. Got my wife this for Christmas. As well as the P3at she has in the bedroom. Want to upgrade that soon.
I decided to work on my doors today. I was shocked at what I saw. I spent about $70 ish dollars on 2 kick bars and steel screws. I put one of the kick bars on the back door full time. It's hidden from view of the road so it's the biggest concern. We also have locked glass doors on both entrances. Here is the kick bar.
Now for the shocker. The screws. The top screw is 3 1/2" steel, the next screw is the long ones in the door hinge, then the screws from the dead bolt strike plate, then the shortest are from the door knob strike plate and the filler screws for the door hinges! If you have not checked yours take a few minutes and back some out. See what you have in there. On at least one hinge I would take all of them out. Some of the hinges had 2 long and 2 short screws. Check the strike plates too. A picture is worth a thousand words, do you want these tiny screws on the bottom fending off the BG kicking at your door?
The longest door hinge screws may have had one, two if I was lucky, per hinge. The rest were the tiny ones on the bottom! One hinge on the front door was missing 2 screws! I had heard talk of how small the screw were, but I am shocked! All hinges and strike plates on the 2 outside doors and the garage door know have 3 1/2" screws. I may look at hardening the strike area around the door side of the lock as well. All told it took 45 min to an hour to do 3 doors, and fool with the kick bars a minute, and teach the kids how to defeat them to get out.
Now I'm not crazy enough the think this will stop the determined type. But if I am home it will buy me enough time to get the family rounded up and get ready to take action. And hopefully if I am away it will take too much time and make them look elsewhere.
Part of me really is sad that this is something I worry about and have to deal with. I truly remember leaving doors unlocked and telling folks to come on in. But even worse is not dealing with it and having myself or my family suffer the consequences. Hopefully I just wasted my money on things I never need. For the peace of mind it will be money well wasted.