How to improve your front door security – Upgrading Locks.
Just a quick note before we start: There is no way to 100% burglar-proof your doors, only ways on how to make them safer. At AssuredEntry we have put together a full guide on how to hinder, discourage and put off potential burglars from entering your home or business. This is the full guide on how to improve your front door security.
1. Front Door Security – Upgrading your locks
Upgrading your locks – Tip number 1
It seems like an obvious one, however, it is a simple change and also effective. Making sure that the lock on your door isn’t, broken, old or rusted is a very effective way to improve the security of your front door.
If you do find yourself in a situation where the lock on your front door (or any other door, especially external) needs changing it is better to call a professional locksmith immediately. Before you carry on reading, contact us here, if you need a lock changing or fixing.
Whether you have a wooden or uPVC door, make sure you use locks that are ‘British Standard’, that way you can be certain that they have undergone rigorous testing and made secure. There are also options to install “Anti-Snap or High-Security Locks” on uPVC doors. These might be more expensive than other locks, but it will prevent burglars from gaining entry to your business or home. Therefore, the cost is worth it.
Upgrading locks – Insurance.
It is also definitely worth checking with your insurance company that all your locks are insurance compliant. If you have a break in and you find that you had the wrong locks, you may not be able to claim.
2. Front Door Security – Doors and Frame
Door strength is vital to keeping out burglars and making sure that they can’t kick through it, especially if it’s wooden (which the Henley area has a lot of). Even with the best lock in the world, if the door isn’t strong, an intruder can force their way through your door, rendering it useless.
How to reinforce your door.
You can reinforce your wooden door by inserting a strike plate made from metal which is attached with extra-long screws that are drilled into the studs an all sides of the doorway. You can get those plates from most DIY shops or order them online. If you’re not confident to install this yourself, then it is best to contact a professional locksmith.
The door frame.
The door frame is another aspect of the door that you can improve. The first thing to do is to make sure that the door frame is securely screwed or bolted to the walls around it. You can make it more secure by fitting special bars to make the locking points and hinges sturdier. You could also try hinge bolts; they’re designed to prevent the door from being forced off its hinges.
3. Front Door Security – Windowless Doors
Driving and walking through Henley-on-Thames and the surrounding areas, it is very obvious to see that a lot of people like windows on their front doors. Even though there are benefits of having a door with windows, such as letting more light in, aesthetic reasons, it still poses a massive security risk.
Firstly, if the window in the door is near to the lock, it will make it very easy for burglars to break into that door by smashing the window and simply unlocking it from the inside. Secondly, if there are any valuables by the door, they might not even have to get into the property completely to steal from you. Simply by smashing the window, grabbing and running.
However, if you are going to keep windows in your front door, there are things you can do to make it safer:
- Make sure that the window is as far away from the lock as possible. This will stop them from unlocking the door from the inside.
- Another is to install decorative bars or metal reinforcement; this will stop the burglar reaching through if they smash the glass, or potentially could deter him from breaking in all together.
However, with all that said, it is still safer to get rid of windows altogether, to make sure that no-one can smash through it, but also that no-one can look inside to see your valuables possessions. For more information on the safest types of doors see this link.
4. Front Door Security – Deadbolt Locks
Did you know that two-thirds of burglaries involve forced entry? Most of which include kicking the door in or prying it open. Therefore any door that has been secured without a deadbolt lock often serves as an alluring target or easy target for intruders.
Doors are only as strong as the lock that keeps it shut. So you need to make sure you have the best lock available to your budget. And if you have a wooden door, you need to make sure that the lock extends deep enough into the door frame as possible. This will make it harder for people to kick through it or other types of forced entry to occur.
At a minimum, your bolt should be 2/5 centimeters in length. You don’t need the most expensive deadbolt out there but it’s probably worth not getting the cheapest. Spending a bit more could be the difference between a successful break-in and an unsuccessful one.
Here are some other reasons why deadbolt locks can provide more security than traditional locks.
- Grade 1 Rated Lock. One of the best ways to be 100% certain that your deadbolt is strong enough to provide the security you need is to look for a lock and deadbolt with a Grade 1 rating. Locks are typically graded from 1 to 3, with a Grade 1 providing the best residential protection for homes and apartments.
- Deadbolts Are Resistant To Saws. Most deadbolts are designed with movable internal pins. When a burglar attempts to break through a deadbolt lock by sawing it, they encounter these pins and the saw only spins the pins around, but won’t make any meaningful progress in getting through the deadbolt.
Asides from increasing the security level of your home or apartment by having deadbolts locks installed by a reliable and competent locksmith, you can also have your locksmith help you with the installation of metal lock guards for additional security. Metal locks guards are meant to surround the lock in the door and make it much more difficult for a burglar to try and twist the lockout with the aid of plier or wrench.
4. Front Door Security – Deadbolt Locks
Have you already done everything mentioned already? Have you removed all the windows from your front door? Have you installed a deadlock?
Congratulations, your home is now safer!
However, there are still other things that you can do to make your home safer. Here are just a few more things to do:
- Install a door chain, this provides protection for when you are in the house. This could prevent burglars from getting in at night, whilst you and your family are asleep.
- Add a letterbox guard. This stops a burglary method called ‘Fishing’. This is when a thief inserts a long wire through the letterbox and hooks your keys if they are positioned near the door.
- Install a security light that points at your front door. Not only will it help you in dark winter nights, but it will also act as a deterrent to potential burglars. Burglars love the cover of darkness, so a big bright light shining in their face may scare them away.
- It’s also worth installing a security camera, real or fake at your front door; this is a good way to deter a potential burglar. If they can see a camera pointed at them, they are not going to risk breaking in and it’s doubtful they will spend the time trying to find out if it’s real or fake.
As mentioned before, even if you do everything mentioned in this blog post or previous ones, it will not guarantee that burglars will keep away, however, it will go along way to deterring them from trying. For more information on our services and how we can help you keep your home safe, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.