Alan Young, the CEO of Armor Concepts, is especially troubled because crimes are increasing in the suburbs and small towns where it rarely happened in the past. The recent murder of Yeardley Love, a star Lacrosse player from the University of Virginia, who was killed after her boyfriend allegedly kicked in her door, underscores the theme of bad things happening to good people in good areas.
“In any type of home invasion, buying time is critical. If a potential intruder can kick in a door and be in your home in 10 seconds, you don’t have a lot of time to react. If getting in is more difficult, you have time to call the police, plan your escape or possibly prevent them from coming in at all. Home invasions can happen anywhere and at any time,” says Young.
Featured on local news segments as well as programs like the CBS Early Show, The Today Show, Fox News, Bloomberg and The Discovery Channel, Young explains three important factors in making your home secure:
1. “Use some common sense. Don’t post vacation plans on Facebook and don’t post vacation photos while still on vacation. Many burglaries are committed by someone you know or by someone connected to someone you know. Letting the world know that you’re not home is an easy way to become a target.”
2. The second is to make your home a less inviting target than your neighbor’s. By this, he means keeping shrubs trimmed and installing proper lighting (inside and out). “This will make your home less attractive to a burglar unless he knows you have something he really wants.”
3. The third factor is about securing the exterior of your home, namely doors. While home alarm systems are helpful, with police response times often greater than 20 minutes the burglar could be in and out before the police arrive.
Young equates an alarm system with having OnStar® in your car: “Would you not buckle your seat belt because OnStar® will call the police after you have an accident? Alarms are a good addition to your home’s security but 85% of all break-ins are through a door. Secure your doors and you greatly increase your likelihood of success against a burglar.”
For door security, Young recommends EZ Armor, an inexpensive kit that reinforces the jamb, locks and hinges on an exterior entry door. The kit can be installed in about 30 minutes by a do-it-yourselfer; it’s guaranteed to help prevent kick-ins and it can be purchased at major hardware/DIY stores, or online at www.armorconcepts.com.
Easily installed on any door, this would also help bring parents some peace of mind while their kids are away at college. Young was featured on Nashville news last year when a couple, who had been victims of burglary, avoided a repeat offense by taking Young’s advice. After being robbed, the couple installed EZ Armor as kick-in prevention on their door. When the same burglar came back weeks later and tried to kick in the same door, he made so much noise that the neighbors called the police and he was apprehended.
Young reiterates: “Security doesn’t need to cost a lot, it just needs to work. Anyone that tells you otherwise is taking you for a ride. With a little common sense and a little effort you can effectively secure your home.”
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Other home security tips, along with recommendations for what to do after a burglary, can be found at www.armorconcepts.com.
Alan Young is CEO of Armor Concepts LLC, a company that develops, manufactures and distributes door security and repair products. Alan and his company’s products have been featured on the CBS Early Show, NBC’s TODAY show, the Discovery Channel show, “It Takes a Thief”, HGTV, numerous local news segments and countless radio shows, national magazines and newspapers. Alan has given numerous talks to police forces, police academies and homeowners associations on ways to improve the physical security of their homes. Armor Concepts’ products are sold nationally through Lowe’s, Grainger, Wilmar and numerous local hardware stores and locksmiths.
Unlike many security “experts” that you may have seen, Alan Young never intended to be in this position. Unfortunately, when properties that he was renovating were continually burglarized after having their doors kicked-in, he was forced to learn a quick lesson. When they could find nothing to keep thieves out of their properties, he and his brother, Glenn (who was an engineer by trade), invented Door Jamb Armor, as a way of protecting their investments. As a father of four children, Alan quickly realized that his home was just as easy a target as the houses that he was renovating.
Alan and his brother formed Armor Concepts as a way to provide products that homeowners can use to secure their homes while also educating them as to how thieves think. Through conversations with thousands of customers, and his relationships with police organizations, he has heard unbelievable stories about thieves and their techniques. He has also learned that several major misconceptions, such as “alarm systems keep you safe” continue to put people and their homes at risk.