Secure Your Patio Door Against Break-Ins

When it comes to home security, the patio door is often the easiest point of entry for a would-be burglar. The large panes of glass can be easily broken and it is conveniently located in the backyard, away from the eyes of neighbors. Although your home may have an excellent alarm system and a securely locked front door, those do little to protect against a burglar smashing through your patio door and grabbing whatever they want before the police even arrive.

If you want to keep your home safe from intruders, then you need to close the gap in your home security that your patio door represents. Let’s look at some of the ways a patio door is a security vulnerability and how security sliding door screens in Phoenix, AZ from Security Screen Masters can close these safety gaps.

Smash and Grab

Most patio doors are just giant windows. While glass may look great, it does almost nothing to stop burglars. A rock or a crowbar is enough to smash through a patio door, giving any burglar easy access to your home. You may have a home alarm system that can scare off most intruders, but a burglar who is willing to smash through your patio door is probably not too concerned about making a little noise. In the few minutes it takes for the police to get to your home, that burglar could easily take any valuable item that is within sight.

A Display Window for Thieves

What’s worse is that a patio door is basically a display window for any thief. A big glass window allows potential thieves to get a good look at what valuable items you have inside your home, which allows them to plan what they are going to take before they even step into your house. The fact that your patio door shows off your goods to potential burglars simply makes breaking and entering faster and easier for those burglars.

Why Our Patio Doors Are Different

Our security sliding door screens address both of these vulnerabilities. First, our patio doors are made with a steel mesh screen that can withstand a Category 4 hurricane. This means that burglars will no longer be able to rely on simply smashing through your patio door to get their hands on your possessions.

Furthermore, because our patio doors are made with that steel woven mesh, they also prevent those same burglars from peering into your home and deciding what they want to steal. With your possessions hidden from view, most burglars will simply move on to a more worthwhile target.

Keep Your Home Safe

Don’t let your patio door be the weak point in your home security system. Get in touch with us at Security Screen Masters today to find out how our secure patio doors can keep your home protected against intruders and burglars.

 

 


Home Burglaries: Facts and Statistics You Should Know

No one likes thinking about the possibility of an intruder or burglar coming into your home. However, nearly 2.2 million burglaries occur across the United States on a yearly basis, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Knowing the facts and statistics related to burglaries is important because they help you make informed decisions as to how to protect yourself as a homeowner. Consider the following facts from the FBI:

  • The average dollar loss for each burglary is $2,119. This results in a grand total of $4.6 billion a year in lost property.
  • Residential properties are by far the most common types of burglaries (compared to commercial properties, such as stores). Residential burglaries represent 73.9 percent of all burglary offenses.
  • An estimated 60.5 percent of burglaries involved forcible entry into the house, such as breaking a door, window, or using other means of force to enter a house. An estimated 33.2 percent were unlawful entries without force.

Unfortunately, burglary does happen. It’s up to you as a homeowner to protect yourself by making your home as secure as possible and a deterrent to potential thieves.

Ways You Can Help

You can deter thieves both through the appearance of your home and in the investments you make to ensure its security. First, it’s important not to make valuable items in your home easily visible to tempt thieves. For example, window coverings, curtains, or blinds on large windows can keep thieves from seeing potential items to steal. In many cases, thieves will go straight to a person’s bedroom when looking for jewelry or valuable electronic devices that are often stored there. It’s important to think not only of the visible rooms in the front of your house, but also of those in the back.

Next, it’s important to make your home very difficult for an intruder to break into. This can turn a burglary into an attempted one. Examples include installing security doors and window screens that make forced entry impossible for thieves. Security window screens in Phoenix, AZ, can help protect against the impact of a crowbar or other means of forced entry. These screens are made in three standard colors as well as custom colors to ensure they not only keep you safe, they also enhance the physical appearance of your home.

For more information on security screen windows in Phoenix, AZ, please call Security Screen Masters at (623) 466-0136. Our security professionals can help you identify ways to protect yourself from becoming a security statistic.


Don’t Make Your Business a Target for Burglars

Here at Security Screen Masters, a lot of the customers we serve are looking for ways to keep their home safe from burglars and intruders. What surprises us, however, is that many of these customers are also business owners who, while being very concerned about home security, often have a big blind spot when it comes to securing their businesses.

If you are a small business owner, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be taking the same steps to keep your business as safe as your home. Let’s look at some of the ways our security windows and doors can keep your business secure against break-ins.

Why protect your business?

It’s true that businesses tend to get targeted for break-ins less often than private homes do. However, when a business does get targeted, the losses can be significantly greater. Just think of your own business and the value of some of the assets you have lying around. Sure, money may be kept secure in a safe, but what about computers, office supplies, retail goods, and electronics that a thief could easily get their hands on? Furthermore, think of how much the loss of such items would end up costing your business not only in the short run but would also disrupt your business’ operations for days and even weeks ahead, leading to even further losses.

What’s worse is that most businesses are left unoccupied during non-business hours and thieves know this. In fact, professional thieves often look at businesses as being less risky to break into than a home since there is a lower chance that a thief will be surprised by anybody inside a business in the middle of the night.

Securing your business

If you want to keep your business and your livelihood safe, take a moment to consider the benefits of security windows and doors. We provide superior impact resistant doors in Tucson, AZ that act as a secure line of defense between your business and any intruder. The non-corrosive, stainless steel woven mesh of both our doors and windows is extremely strong and much more aesthetically pleasing than burglar bars. This mesh screen is particularly well suited for non-display windows and doors, such as back doors and side windows that are favorites for burglars.

Talk to us today

We are professionals when it comes to preventing forced entry. If you are looking for ways to keep your business safe from intruders — without compromising the attractiveness of your business — then talk to us today. Our custom-fitted doors and windows provide excellent protection against break-ins and burglars so that you can feel comfortable knowing your business and livelihood are protected when you go home at night.


New Look for the New Year

A new year brings a fresh start of new possibilities and opportunities. Many people feel motivated to get started on home renovation projects to enhance their home’s appearance, but one area that is often overlooked is home security. Fortunately, one idea that satisfies both goals is the decision to install security door and window barriers on your home.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the most common point of entry for burglars is the front door, followed by first-floor windows. An estimated 65 percent of home burglaries occur when a person is at work between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. While you would like to think the sounds of breaking glass would raise alarm among neighbors, the unfortunate truth is that break-ins often go undetected until it’s too late.

Enhancing Window Safety

This January, you can kick off your 2017 home improvement projects by installing security window screens from Security Screen Masters. These screens feature a non-corrosive, stainless steel mesh that is impenetrable to common use of force on windows, such as crowbars, rocks, bricks, or other forceful instruments. These custom-made security screens are so strong; they can stand up to a Category 4 hurricane!

In many cases, a homeowner feels they have to sacrifice enhanced security for an aesthetically pleasing appearance. For example, some homeowners place security bars on the window to protect against intruders. However, these can be an unsightly addition to your windows. There is a much better solution in the form of security screens that blend in to complement your home’s appearance.

Added Benefits

While keeping a home safe is an important and often-cited reason for homeowners to update their windows, there are other benefits to installing to burglar-proof window screens in Tucson, AZ. The design of the screens also blocks two-thirds of heat and ultraviolet rays. The finely woven mesh is also excellent at keeping out pests that may try to come in through your windows.

While you may be enhancing the security of your home, you can still enjoy the benefits of opening the windows to enjoy the fresh Arizona air. The security screens have a special latch that can be easily released in case of a fire or other emergency that may require an exit through a window.

Start your New Year’s improvements today with window updates for your home! For more information on burglar-proof windows in Tucson, AZ, please call Security Screen Masters at (520) 790-1256.


Beautify Your Home with a Signature Series Entry Door

As a homeowner, there is a decision that must be made between making your home look good or keeping it secure from break-ins. You may think, for example, that a beautiful entry door is something that is great to look at, but provides little added protection against intruders. In fact, when many people think of a front door capable of warding off burglars they imagine unsightly burglar bars and intimidating, heavy-looking doors. The good news is you can now keep your home both beautiful and safe with a Signature Series entry door from Security Screen Masters. Here’s how:

Looking Good

Signature Series entry doors are made to look good and express your personality. You will be amazed at the creativity and artistry behind all of our entry doors. Do you want a door that reflects the history and nature of the southwest? Well, lucky for you we have doors that take their inspiration from the flowers, landscape, and culture that make the desert landscape in Arizona and Nevada such wonderful places to call home.

If you’re looking for more of a classy, European touch to add to your home, we also have what you’re looking for. Many of our designs take their inspiration from European art and architecture so you can have a touch of France (or Italy, or Germany, or England, or so on…) greeting you every day when you get home.

Finally, if sleek and contemporary is more your style, we have that covered, too! For us, a modern door can also be a great-looking door. Check out some of our contemporary designs to see how we can add some modern flair to your front door.

Staying Safe

What truly makes our Signature Series entry doors unique is that they do not sacrifice safety for aesthetics. These doors are made with the same non-corrosive stainless steel mesh that all of our doors and windows are made of. The steel mesh looks much better than burglar bars while also providing great home protection both day and night. Furthermore, the steel mesh keeps energy costs down and allows you to keep your door open to let the breeze in during the day without worrying about compromising your safety and security.

Make the Safe and Beautiful Choice

You don’t have to choose between safety and beauty when it comes to your front entry door. With a Signature Series entry door, you can add a distinct look and personality to your home while keeping your family safe and protected at the same time.


When Alarms Aren’t Enough

As a homeowner, you want to do everything possible to keep you, your family, and your home safe. A home alarm system is a great step towards doing just that since it alerts you and the police if anybody is trying to break into your house.

However, alarm systems can also create a false sense of security. If you really want to make sure your home is kept safe, then you need to go beyond an alarm system. Installing security window screens can physically prevent intruders from getting into your house, and deter many from even trying. Here are three reasons why home alarms aren’t always enough.

They Do Not Prevent Physical Entry

An alarm may alert you to the fact that somebody is trying to break into your home, but they do nothing to actually prevent somebody from entering in the first place. Sure, an alarm may scare off a potential intruder, but what if that intruder knows you’re away for the weekend? And yes, the alarm may alert to police to a break-and-enter, but it can take many minutes before the police actually arrive. During that time, the burglar may have already broken into your home and stolen your possessions. A security window screen acts as a physical barrier between your home and a burglar.

Alarms Can Be Hacked

That’s right, your home alarm system may be vulnerable to hackers. This Wired article points out that many of the most popular alarm systems could be disabled or compromised by hackers using a simple tool from as far as 250 yards from your home. The hackers could either disable your alarm system outright or create so many false alarms that it essentially makes the system useless. For the best home protection in Las Vegas, NV and Phoenix, AZ keep in mind that a security window screen does not contain any circuitry or electronics whatsoever – keeping your home safe from high-tech thieves.

Human Error

Finally, for a home alarm system to work, you will have to remember to set it every night. While you may remember to set the alarm nine nights out of ten, it only takes one night for you to let your guard down for a burglar to get in. The fact is, a home alarm system is extremely prone to human error. What’s worse is if you go on vacation and forget to set the alarm beforehand. The entire time you’re away, your home will be left exposed and vulnerable! A high-strength window screen is a “set it and forget it” solution that needs no human input once installed.

Make no mistake, a home alarm system is an important element in keeping your home safe, but it is just one element. If you really want to do all you can to keep burglars and intruders out, then a security window screen from Security Screen Masters offers the best, most surefire way of doing so.


Patio Protection for Your Backyard

One of the joys of living in the American Southwest is the mild winters. When residents of the Midwestern states and the Northeast are battling winter storms and snowy, slushy roads, people in Arizona and Nevada can be enjoying a comfortable evening on their backyard patio.

But what about securing that patio or back porch of yours from intruders? Left open, your pleasant outdoor space is vulnerable to burglars, not to mention those pesky mosquitoes, wasps, and other biting or stinging insects that can easily ruin an al fresco-style meal. Rodents, too, are always looking for entryways.

Well, here’s some good news: With high-quality security screens, you can protect your patio while maintaining its lovely fresh-air ambience. Security Screen Masters provides effective burglar-proof patio/porch screens that are constructed with impact-resistant stainless-steel mesh surrounded by 6063-T5 extruded-aluminum frames. These coverings can stand up to a hurricane of Category 4 force.

Keep Intruders of All Kinds Out

Steel-mesh security window screens confer a whole range of benefits for the homeowner. First and foremost, they thwart break-ins, meaning you set off for work or drift off to sleep with that much more peace-of-mind. They also allow you the pleasure of relaxing, socializing, and dining out on the porch without coming under swift attack from winged hordes (or scurrying pests underfoot).

Curb Appeal

Even though they’re just as formidable in the face of no-good crooks and thieves, security screens don’t ruin your home’s aesthetic like those antiquated anti-burglar bars, which tend to make your domicile look much more like a prison. That’s not just a cosmetic issue: It also benefits the value of your home and its “curb appeal.”

Security with a View

From the outside looking in, the screens provide a valuable dark shade screen that prevents burglars from seeing into your home. However, from inside your home, you can see clearly looking outside into your yard and landscape.  And unlike a rolling shutter which completely closes off your home to the outside world, Security Screen Masters allows for 100% security with a view.

UV Protection

Furthermore, quality security screens also help to block incoming solar radiation, diminishing the intensity of UV rays. On the other side of the calendar–the hot and sun-blasted time of year–this type of enclosed patio can be a much more comfortable place to lounge than an open deck or unscreened porch.

In short, the patio enclosures available from Security Screen Masters provide heavy-duty protection from prowlers, bugs, and rodents without putting a heavy-duty dent into the look and feel of your home–or your own enjoyment of an all-year screened-in porch. Get out there and enjoy those sweet-scented Southwestern breezes!


Better Home Security: The Doors of Opportunity

Even if you are used to entering your home through the garage, your house still has a front door. While you may see an ordinary door, think about what burglars see. The answer is often a opportunity for an easy break-in. An estimated 60 percent of burglars used forced entry to gain access to a home, and 33 percent of the time, this is through the front door. Unfortunately, many doors are highly vulnerable to forcible entry.

At Security Screen Masters, we offer burglar-proof screen doors that are as functional as they are appealing to the eye. These doors are made with a high-grade, rust-proof stainless steel material that is highly protective against burglars.

Is Your Door Vulnerable?

The doors that are easiest for burglars to break through are hollow doors or older wood doors that are lightweight and flimsy. Burglars can easily kick through this door type and force their way into your home. Although the idea of investing in a replacement door may sound unappealing, consider this: The average financial loss from a burglary is $2,185, according to the FBI.

Sadly, only 13 percent of burglars are even caught due to lack of witnesses and the fact that the stolen property is often quickly sold. Also, household members are home for an estimated 28 percent of burglaries. Burglaries have more than just a financial effect on a family, but also mental ones as well. The peace of mind and long-term protection of having secure entryways makes much more financial sense than saving a few dollars on a cheap door.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family

To protect your home from burglary, make your door the safest possible. Installing a new, solid door will reinforce the door to keep a burglar from breaking in. In addition, we can also install security screens for doors and windows to keep burglars from breaking in. These doors are not flimsy like traditional screens available at most home improvement stores. In fact, they are so impact-resistant, they have been tested against category 4 hurricanes. The screens and frames are available in custom colors and designs, if desired.

Custom designs are available for French doors, double doors, and more. They are made in the USA right here at the Security Screen Masters Factory in Tucson. This unique blend of home security and eye-catching appeal make Security Screen Masters’ burglar-proof screen doors and windows a must-have.

To learn how you can protect your home against forced entry through doors, please call the Security Screen Masters location closest to you: Las Vegas (702) 333-0747; Phoenix (623) 466-0136; and Tucson (520) 790-1256.


Secure Your Seasonal Home While You Are Away

Escaping to your seasonal home in warm Southwestern climates such as Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas provides a welcome respite from winter’s chill. Snowbirds flock to these destinations, which are warm enough year round to enjoy outdoor activities when much of the country is cold and snowy. When it’s time to depart your winter destination, make the effort to secure your seasonal home to keep it safe. Custom-fitted security screens provide an excellent layer of protection against break-ins.

More than 95% of break-ins require force, which is why security screens can not only deter the attempted break in but also guarantee the prevention of the home break in of your seasonal home. Our custom-fitted security screens are made with durable stainless steel that can withstand hurricane-strength winds. Even more, these screens do not rust or corrode, giving your home long-term protection. Thus, forceful entry is close to impossible for any would-be thieves looking to wreak havoc on your home when you are away.

Designed especially for your home, these custom-fitted security screens are a smart strategy for securing your seasonal home. Without having to rely on any alarm systems, the original Security Screen Masters product delivers guaranteed peace of mind knowing that your seasonal home is safe when you are away. In addition to using our custom-fitted window security screens, consider these additional practical home safety strategies.

A popular method for home monitoring is to set up an alarm system with wireless video monitoring. This allows you to keep an eye on your home from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Installing a few security cameras around your property means you will may have access to a real-time look at your home with the click of a mouse or swipe of a keypad.

Additionally, get to know your neighbors, and ask them to keep an eye on your home when you are away. Exchange phone numbers so that they can contact you should anything suspicious occur. Finally, add timers to some of the lights in your home, allowing you to illuminate your seasonal abode even when everything should be dark. A trustworthy security system, helpful neighbors and some thief-deterrent lights will make your seasonal home safe throughout the year.

When it comes to home security, you only need our custom-fitted window security screens, which provide guaranteed protection even when you are out of town. Your vacation home represents a peaceful place for rest and relaxation. Let us help you keep it that way with the only layer of security that actually prevents break ins form ever happening to your seasonal home throughout the year.


Protect Your Business from Property Crime

Tough economic times can bring out the worst in people. Burglars who might typically target homes just might resort to breaking into businesses, churches and other organizations, which can put your place of work at risk. Protecting your business from property crime is just as important as protecting your home. Taking smart steps to secure your business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ensures that your property, its contents and its employees are always safe.

Revamp your business security strategy with security window screens for business. A physical barrier is an excellent deterrent against break-ins, helping to keep those would-be burglars away. Our aesthetically pleasing window security screens do not detract from the exterior of your business, while providing a secure layer of protection against theft.

Made of durable stainless steel woven mesh, these security screens can even withstand the impact of category 4 hurricane-force winds, which means that they will certainly be durable enough to protect against any force a burglar may use to break into your business. When it comes to keeping your business safe, start with this secure physical barrier.

Once your stainless steel security window screens are in place, you will rest easy knowing that burglars simply will not be able to pass through these powerful screens. If you combine this smart security strategy with other solutions, you can keep your business well protected both during and after business hours. For example, you might consider hiring a security guard when your business is closed. If your organization is located in a suite of offices, consider working with your neighbors to hire a security guard who canvasses the entire property.

Additionally, consider setting up a security system for your business. A monitored system ensures that your security company is always keeping a watchful eye on your property, alerting the authorities should any suspicious activity occur or alarm be triggered. Combined with our impact-resistant screens, you will establish two barriers that prevent burglars from gaining access to your business.

Property crime is not exclusive to residential properties. Business can be an enticing target for criminals, offering the potential to grab significant equipment and money with a single break-in. Do not make your place of business an easy win. By equipping the windows of your business with our security screens, you can deter would-be burglars and keep your property well protected at all hours of the day.