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For sale signs, french doors may be putting your home at risk of thieves

Posted at 8:41 AM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 11:41:44-04
Your front doors might not be as secure as you think they are.
French doors can be an easy way for criminals to get into your home. The problem is the door you don't normally use. Typically there's just a short metal pin that goes up and down into the wooden frame.
It wouldn't take a lot of force to push it open, especially if it's an older wooden door. That's exactly what happened to Fred McCormick. A man broke into his home while McCormick was getting ready for work. His wife and daughter were asleep upstairs when it happened.
McCormick managed to scare the guy away and even hit him with a coke can as he ran away.
"In my vavoom voice I said to him 'who the hell are you and what the hell are you doing in my house?!'" said McCormick.
"That door just popped through those pieces of wood and this one barely did any damage here, but it ripped it out at the bottom," explained Anthony Potter, the owner of Potter's Products, a company that specializes in home security.
Potter says some solutions are re-enforcing those metal pins, making them longer and investing in a stronger door frame. You can also install separate key locks for both sides of the french door.
McCormick's home had a for sale sign out front. The homeowner thinks that sign made it look like the house was vacant and thus an easier target for criminals.
"His words as I'm running at him 'I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I thought this house was empty,'" said McCormick.
No arrests have been made in this case according to Las Vegas police.