The US Department of Justice released a report entitled “Victimization During Household Burglary”, which found that, over a five year period, an estimated 3.7 million burglaries occurred each year on average.
In 28% of these crimes, a household member was present during the burglary, and in 7% of these crimes a household member experienced violent victimization.
When a criminal decides to target your home, the most important feature of your security system should be a physical barrier to entry.
The Importance of Home Security Screens
How Security Screens Help Protect Against Burglary and Violent Crime
A burglary that involves an attack or threat of an attack is no longer classified as a property crime or theft; it becomes a personal crime (rape/sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated assault). The key to preventing this type of violent victimization is with a physical barrier to entry.
A physical barrier keeps the bad guys outside and you and your loved ones safe inside. If you happen to be home when a would-be intruder is attempting to gain entry to your property, this barrier to entry gives you time to react by calling the police and implementing other measures.
BEFORE – This seemingly strong door can be easily kicked in.
This entry door looks strong, yet offers only a false sense of security. Burglars routinely enter with one kick and are in a home in less than 10 seconds.
The only thing holding this door, and almost every other residential door out there, in place is a thin piece of pine in the jamb, which virtually explodes inward with even a modest amount of force.
There are a myriad of solutions out there, including purchasing a new reinforced prehung security door, but we have designed our security screens to allow you to exponentially increase security while keeping your existing doors in place.
Disadvantages of prehung security doors:
- Utilize unsightly bars and grilles
- Require complete door replacement
- Don’t allow you to open your doors for visibility/airflow
- Not made-to-measure like custom-made security screens
- May not fit in certain types of doors/framing systems
In the photo below, you can see our screens installed on both the door and the windows, so this homeowner can enjoy the cool summer breeze while maintaining a safe and virtually impenetrable barrier to entry.
These are no ordinary screens, even though they look like a typical insect screen. Our security screens are made at our Riot Glass™ factory in Los Angeles and are as tough as nails.
(See video at the bottom of this post where we put security screens to the test.)
AFTER – security screens allow you to enjoy the fresh air while maintaining a secure household.
The Benefits of Security Screens for Homes
Why You Should Install Security Screens on Your Property
- Provide a strong security barrier to unlawful entry of burglars and intruders while providing homeowners with ease of use, entry, and exit.
- Made extremely strong, secure, and durable to provide years of trouble-free use.
- As an added bonus, our screens keep out the other pesky intruders like flies, mosquitoes, and pests.
- Provide security without compromising a clear and unobstructed view of the outdoors.
- Allow the free flow and circulation of fresh air for your comfort.
- Keep pets and small children safely inside.
- Provide energy savings from reduced need for air-conditioning and add some shading from the sun’s hot rays.
- Block an average of 60% of damaging UV rays.
- Enhances and modernizes the architectural appeal of your home or building.
- Riot Glass™ products are easily incorporated into almost all types of doors and windows.
- Frames come in nine standard color options: White, Black, Brown, Sahara Brown, Silver, Sahara Gray, Almond, and Bronze.
- Over 60 custom colors available for superior blending with your exterior facade.
Our security screens feature black powder-coated stainless mesh with a 10-year coating warranty. This marine grade, high-tensile mesh is highly resistant to slashing, kicking, and other types of attacks, making it a virtually impenetrable barrier to traditional forced entry attempts.
Surrounding the powder-coated mesh, our door and window screens all have maximum strength aluminum security framing. These frames are built to stand up against forced entry attempts using crowbars and other tools to try and pry open the screens.
Our custom door and window screens also feature a “jimmy-proof” three-point latching system. This is the icing on the cake when it comes to foiling would-be intruders’ forced entry attempts and keeping the screens securely in place between you and the bad guys.
Security screens aren’t just for homes, they’re also robust enough for:
- Government facilities
- Prisons and detention centers
- Churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples
- Any other high-security commercial properties
Using Security Screens Alongside Other Home Security Measures
Install Security Screens as Part of a Comprehensive Home Security System
Many clients choose security screens in addition to other security measures such as alarm systems and surveillance cameras. This is an excellent way to ensure you have the three most important ingredients for success in thwarting a would-be burglar or home invasion robber.
The security screens act as a barrier to entry, the alarm will alert police so they are on the way, and the cameras record the event, helping you to better understand what happened after the fact, and often leading to the identification and eventual apprehension of suspects.
Three keys to strong home security:
- Physical barriers (reinforced doors and windows)
- Monitored alarm system (to alert you and the authorities)
- Surveillance cameras (to record events and help lead to arrests)
We always recommend that our clients implement a variety of security solutions to protect themselves, their homes, and their loved ones. There’s no one-size-fits all approach to home security, but by combining different measures you can guarantee a high level of safety.
Security screens utilize powder coated stainless steel mesh and exquisite craftsmanship to thwart this determined bad guy.