Here’s why police are telling people to replace the screws on your front door


When Mariana Harrison bought her first place, her dad came over to help her settle in. When he arrived, he had a drill and some priceless advice. Mariana shared this advice in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.


A burglary takes place about every eighteen seconds in the United States. That adds up to nearly 200 per hour, and approximately 4,800 every day. These are startling statistics, but they highlight the fact that burglary is a crime you need to be aware of. The good news is, you can protect your home just by changing out the screws in your door!

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Mariana shared her father’s advice on social media: “My dad gave me this advice a long time ago when I moved into my first apartment. He even came out and changed the screws for me as soon as I moved in. A good home security tip that you may have never thought about. Most contractors install the plates with the supplied screws which are only a half inch long and come out with one kick by a burglar.” Make sure your family is safe from harm!


“He installed 4 inch screws in their place that go through the door frame and into the framing of the house. They can kick for a long time before they get tired! You can see in the picture the screw in his hand is the screw supplied with the door hardware. Making a burglar make a bunch of noise and be foiled in their initial plan can not only give you time to arm yourself but they will most likely move on to an easier target.”

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