Home burglaries are on the rise in Tulsa

Friday, February 3rd 2006, 6:35 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police say there were 452 second degree home break-ins last month, which means nobody was home. And, there were 72 first degree break-ins, where someone was home at the time.

Most burglars hit during daylight hours, and most of them kick in either the front or back door.

Tulsa Police recommend using a steel door because it comes ready-made with a plate that goes between the stud and the trim, which makes it stronger. If you have a wood door, you can buy plates for the door or the jam to reinforce it. You need to make sure the screws are long enough to go through the jam and into the stud. Ron Wallace with Home Depot: "This goes on the outside and opens out, so it can' be kicked in and it's got a plate down here that makes it hard to jimmy the lock."

If you have glass in your front door, make sure it's laminated. That will keep it from shattering like plate-glass, even if someone hits it with a hammer.