Your front door is a point of entry into your home and because of that, it is important that you secure it as much as possible. The statistics out their is really really scary when it comes to break-ins. You don’t want your doors weakness to be the reason that your home was broken into. There are quite a few things that you can do to strengthen your door and we are going to go over nine great ways to improve your doors strength and security. So, let’s begin.
1. Upgrading Locks
The security of your home begins at the front door. Do not think that a thief won’t try to casually come up to your door and attempt to open it or use bump key to open it as if they are welcome or wanted. It is important to make sure that your doors are always locked and not just with regular old locks, but with really good secure ones. These locks should not be easily destroyed and they shouldn’t be so easy to pick that the mailman accidentally does as he walks by the door. It is important that you do some research on the best locks to get and before you even think about securing your front door further, you make sure that your locks are secure.
Your front door is a point of entry so therefore it should be protected and secure. Make sure that you choose good locks for your door and that they are secure.
2. Using Security Screens
Want some real security? Get a security screen installed. These screens are exactly like having a door installed over your already there door! This provides you with another wall against the dangers of criminals and it allows you to have even more locks to protect yourself and your home. Make sure that you choose a screen though that you like and that will still provide you with the protection that you need.
Having a security screen is great because it provides another layer of protection to your door, but it can still be visually pleasing!
3. Installing A Better Door
I mean, this one is pretty obvious. If you want a really quick jump in your front door security, install a new, better, stronger, front door. This door should not be hollow at the core and should instead have some steel or iron in it. This will keep your door from being able to be kicked down by one firm kick. You can even have a vault door installed if you want real security!
Make sure that the core of your door isn’t hollow and that it is strong enough to handle some attempts of forced entry. You know, that is how almost 60% of burglaries take place.
4. Protecting Lock Hardware
It is important to keep your lock hardware safe and to make sure that it is installed correctly. If a stone can slam against your lock and break it, you have a problem. Be careful not to make room in a door for the lock because this will weaken the door where the locks are to go in. You can add some slipcovers to add metal to the door, this will strengthen it at any vulnerable points. Also, make sure that if any bolts you have for your door are weak or exposed, you get a cover for them that will cover the jam but it won’t affect the way the door is opened.
It is important that your lock hardware is well taken care of and secure!
5. Lengthening Set Screws
If you want to stop the success of someone kicking down your door, lengthening the screws to three inches is a good idea. This will prevent the potential burglar from easily ramming their shoulder into your door and getting in. It is probable that they will hurt themselves a bit before they are able to do much damage to your door. When you have screws that are small and shallow, a well-placed kick can tear the door right off of its trim, causing your door to open right up. It is important to make sure that you add the three inch screws to both the strike plates and the hinges as this will make sure that you door is fully secure.
Having three inch screws installed is a great way to stay safe and to secure your door. Make sure that you install these screws in the strike plate as well as the hinges
6. Strengthening Glass Surfaces
If you have glass on your door, that isn’t good. In fact, it is just an easy way for a criminal to get in. A good way to combat this is by replacing the glass with Plexiglas, adding bars, or maybe a window security film.
If your door does have windows, make sure to secure these for your safety by either switching them out or adding a layer of protection.
7. Use Interior Securing Devices
An interior securing device is just what it sounds like. It is a device that can be used to secure your home from the inside and it can’t be messed with outside. This type of lock should not be used for your primary entryway unless you know that someone is going to be home in order to open it up for you. You can’t use it when you are leaving and if someone put it up while you were out, you are going to need them to open it for you!
These locks offer a great next layer of security, but make sure that there is always someone home to open up the door for you!
8. Do Not Obscure Entryways
A thief doesn’t want to be seen breaking into your home, so it is important that all of your entryways are completely visible. There should be no tall obstructing plants and the lighting should be crisp.
Make sure that your front door and all other entries to your home are visible. The less coverage a thief has, the better.
9. Monitor Your Door
It is important that you keep an eye on your front door to watch for any suspicious behavior. This doesn’t mean that you have to sit and stare at it all day. Installing cameras and/or alarms is a great idea for keeping an eye on the door. Having smart locks and doorbells are great because they can notify you about what is happening. It is also important to make sure that when your monitoring protocols reach out to inform about a criminal, the person is trustworthy and can come by in good time to stop the criminal.
It is important to keep an eye on your door and using cameras and notifications from your smart locks and door bells can help a lot.
Well, I hope that this article has been informative and you can now secure your door against danger!