How have you enhanced your home security? Have you installed a security system or some new cameras? Have you just installed a home security sign in your home or garden? It is wonderful if you answered yes, but you may still be ignoring one of the biggest security risks in your home – your external doors. The greatest security system in the world cannot stop a burglar if your front door will break easily under pressure. Additionally, most burglars just walk right in since many front doors are left unlocked or open.
According to the Office of National Statistics, the burglary rate in the UK grew 1% since December of 2011. This increase in household crime means that you should consider enhancing your door security. The majority of home invasions occur from the burglar coming through an external door. Thinner and softer frames can go down with just one hard kick regardless of how many cylinders your deadbolt lock has.
While it is common to see a burglar kicking down a door in the movies, it is just as common in life. Consider upgrading the protection of your external doors to enhance your home security strategy.
Upgrading Your Door Security:
Here are a few tips to improve the security of your external door:
- Check for and remove all hinges with an exposed pin. The pins can easily be removed allowing the door to be lifted from its place. Additionally, replace all hinge screws with longer screws at least 6.35 cm (2.5 inches) long.
- Install metal door guards around the door frame, knob and deadbolt to absorb the force of someone trying to take it down.
- Replace your door knobs and deadbolts with high-quality materials. Look for "pick-proof" locks.
Good door security alone is not enough to prevent a home invasion. Consider looking into a monitored security system. Also, place a few security signs or stickers around your home to ward off potential burglars. All of these home security tips measures work with one-another to help prevent home invasions; they should not substitute each other.
About the author: Dan Miller is a writer and D-I-Y enthusiast specializing in home security and home safety. Dan currently writes for homesecuritydeals.com
Citations: Office of National Statistics