Front door security tips
October 10, 2014
Statistics consistently reveal that most burglars enter your home through the front or back door, so knowing how to protect your exterior doors and deter potential intruders is information well worth knowing.
A solid door is a secure door so always be on the look out for visible signs of wear and tear. Tap across the face of the door and listen for a hollow sound. A solid door should sound just that, solid.
Check the frame for signs of rotting too. In particular look for material peeling or starting to break off. Similarly, make sure the hinges aren’t coming loose.
Locks are obviously very important. A weak lock will be easy to break or pick open. There are lots of ways to reinforce the door lock, such as adding a deadbolt or installing a cylinder guard around the lock to prevent it being unscrewed or wrenched off. Or you might consider installing a Yale Keyless digital lock.
If you have glass, check to make sure the door has laminated glass panels. These are two pieces of glass bonded together with a sheet of laminate between them to reinforce the strength.
Installing a Spyhole (also known as a peep-hole or front door viewer) is great for avoiding forced entries. While installing a security chain is a simple but effective layer of defence.
If you’re thinking of buying a replacement door, try to look for one that’s accredited with ‘Secured by Design’, a UK police initiative, which gives its stamp of approval to products that reduce the risk of crime.
Burglar alarms, dummy alarms or even stickers that say the building is alarmed are all useful deterrents.
Working CCTV cameras will also reduce the risk of a break in, as will security lights adjacent to exterior doors that detect movement.
One final common sense tip is to always keep valuables out of immediate sight from the door, so burglars aren’t even tempted in the first place.
By following these simple steps you can be sure that your front door and home are safe and secure from any intruder.