Put front door security to the front of your mind
For many of us, our front door is the main gateway to the home. Over time it can become damaged, or simply worn out, resulting in easy accessibility for unwanted guests. Therefore, front door security should be an integral part of your home security.
Review your front door security
The first step towards better front door security is to look at your current door system and ask yourself a few things: is my hardware old compared to other homes nearby? When was the last time I upgraded my locks? Is my front door showing signs of wear and tear?
Burglars look for the path of least resistance when attempting to gain entry to a home and some more ‘professional’ thieves can select a property to target by quickly looking at the outside to check the overall quality of protection in place.
As such, an aged or broken front door and door furniture, as well as badly-fitted cylinders, can give them a visual clue that your front door (and security in general) has not been updated for some time.
We’ve listed some front door security tips below:
1) An important step that should be a priority when upgrading your home security is to ensure that external timber doors are secured with a mortice lock and/or nightlatch, and these must meet with British Standard BS3621.
2) If you have a PVCu or composite door, consider upgrading to a British Standard TS007 Kitemarked model.
3) The introduction of smart door locks means you can check if your front door is secure remotely. You can usually send friends and family a temporary pin code or mobile key via a smartphone app, granting them short-term access to your property if there’s a problem.
4) When investing in new locks and front door furniture, look for the British Kitemark, as it’s a sign of rigorous testing and best-in-class design. It’s also worth bearing in mind that locks are only as good as the door they’re fitted to, so rotten or weak materials should be replaced, and the frame securely fixed.
5) Try to get into the habit of locking your front door, whether you’re at home or out. It may sound obvious, but around 1.9 million Brits regularly leave their front door unlocked when they leave the house, with over three times as many men (19%) as women (6%) admitting to doing so more than once a week.*
6) The addition of a door chain allows you to engage with callers before fully releasing the door, protecting against opportunist attacks, while door viewers allow you to identify a caller before you open the door.
*Money Supermarket (2019)