The Professional Choice

A companion overview to the popular "Ask Mr. Handyman" radio program airing on Christian Talk Radio, KCRO 660AM Saturdays @ 9:30AM.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

BEWARE: Burglaries on the rise in the Omaha area!

Burglaries in the Omaha area are on the rise again this year, after a significant increase last year. West Omaha and the Millard areas are increasingly victimized. The unfortunate folks that have suffered a break-in may no longer feel safe in their own home. Kids are especially impacted.

The best protection for your home is to prevent the break-in in the first place. Here are some tips to keep an intruder out of your personal space:

Of course, keep doors, windows and the garage locked when not actually exiting or entering the home. Never leave house keys under the door mat, in the mail box, etc., burglars check these places. If you have an automatic garage door opener, never drive off until you witness the door close all the way.

Trim back shrubs and bushes around the perimeter of the house.

Increase lighting around the perimeter of your home.

Alarm systems are effective in many cases but thieves have become emboldened and can kick-in a door, "snatch & grab" most of your valuables in a matter of minutes and be long gone before the police arrive.

Mr. Handyman sells a wonderful product called StrikeMaster II that prevents the kick-in all together. It installs on the frame of the lock side of the door and it is guaranteed to prevent a kick-in. The manufacturer has sold over 15 thousand of these units and has never had one fail. For less than the cost of your insurance deductible you could install a StrikeMaster II on each exterior door and protect your family and possessions. Visit the manufacturer's consumer website for more information at
Call Mr. Handyman if you have any questions or would like to purchase one or to have us install the StrikeMaster II for you.