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If your home were a fortress, your front door would be the gate – it’s where intruders will try to storm the keep (most of the time, anyway). And, if your main line of defence is weak and ineffective, they won’t really have a hard time getting in and wreaking havoc on your property.
So, what can you do to improve front door security to make sure you’re keeping your home safe? Let’s find out together!
So, if you:
Then read on, because this post is just for you!
Luckily, there is no shortage of methods to improve door security. You can choose any one of the following solutions, or better yet, combine them to really make your front door impenetrable.
Now, let’s dive straight in.
You’re probably thinking that having the most secure locks is the most crucial aspect of home safety. While that’s not entirely true, they truly are essential. So, making sure your door locks are sturdy and properly installed is one of the first steps you can take to improve door security.
There are several aspects you need to consider here.
Even if you have the most secure front door lock, and a burglar still manages to get in, you can always turn to your insurance company for some compensation, right? Wrong.
They probably won’t lift a finger unless the locks in question are insurance-approved. So, to save yourself the hassle, check if you’ve chosen the right locks before purchasing and installing them. That’s relatively easy to do, all you need is to check for the British Standard Institution (BSI) Kitemark and the standard number below it.
If you want more information on which lock types are insurance-approved, head on over to our helpful blog post on the matter!
Naturally, if the door lock is insurance-approved, then it can be considered secure. However, not all types of door locks fit all doors. You need to do your research on which lock type is right for you and your door.
Now, let’s take a look at the most widely used secure door locks on the market today.
So, your locks are now as secure as can be. But will they stop a burglar with a brute force approach? It’s unlikely. What you want to think about as well is how to secure a door from being kicked in.
You might not have considered the material your door is made out of, but it plays a part in how secure it is. Here are the standard door materials, in order of the security level they provide:
There’s no point in upgrading to the highest-security locks if your door can be defeated by a kick or two. That’s why a solid core is what you want if you’re serious about front door security. Keep weak, hollow doors for your interior and opt for a solid, sturdy one for your front door.
Front door windows may be an excellent way to let some light in. However, they’re a weak spot, especially if they’re placed close to the locks. If you want to improve door security drastically, opt for a front door with no windows. Or, if you insist on having them, consider reinforcing them with tempered glass or window bars.
There are quite a few things you can do if you’re wondering how to reinforce your front door. The following solutions can stop a variety of forced entry methods dead in their tracks.
You can place a horizontal bar on the inside of your front door. This adds a nice level of extra door security when you’re at home and is sure to prevent your door from being kicked in. The recommended type of security bar attaches to the door frame and, when installed properly, can make your front door impenetrable.
These are a great way to deter intruders, as they show that you’ve taken your front door security seriously. Lock guards are mostly used to reinforce wooden doors with mortice locks. They’re pretty cheap, too.
Hinge bolts are a security measure used to prevent a door from being lifted off its hinges. They are essential if your front door opens outwards, as anyone from the outside can get to the hinge pins and take the whole door off. So, hinge bolts are an investment that’s worth it.
The longer the screw, the more difficult it is to get past them. If your hinges, strike plates, etc. have shorter screws, replace them, with ones that are at least 65 – 75 mm long. That way, you ensure that whatever the screws are securing to the door really is secured and can’t be manipulated easily.
Your door furniture can be detrimental to your front door security. Think about how easy it would be to break in through a letterbox that isn’t adequately secured! So, don’t forget about the door furniture and make sure you reinforce it.
Your letterbox should be installed at least 40 cm away from any locks. Also, a letter basket can stop a variety of break-in methods, such as “fishing” – inserting a long wire through your letterbox to try and get to any keys you’ve left by the door.
This solution is pretty straightforward – it lets you take a look at whoever is at the door. Wide-angle peepholes are the better choice, as they allow you to see a larger area, so it’s more difficult for an intruder to hide.
Similar to the peephole, a door chain is a good security measure if you need to open the door, but you don’t really want to let the other person in. Regular door chains are not the most secure, however, so if you want a safer version, opt for a strike plate lock, which works in a very similar way, but can withstand more force.
Yes, burglars can get in through your pet doors, too. So, installing ones that you’re able to lock is an excellent way to make sure your front door is secure.
If you live in a rough area, have items of a high value in your home, or just want a bit more reassurance that you’re keeping your home safe, security grilles may just be what you need. These gates are placed before your front door and should always have a secure locking mechanism, too. They’re a good piece of extra security for a front door and come in a variety of styles and makes.
If all of this isn’t enough, or you’re looking for some additional security measures and good visual deterrents, there are a couple of things you can do.
CCTV will make your home look well-protected, thus making a burglar think about whether it’s worth it even to try and break in. Not only that, but it can also help identify any brave intruders that have decided they’re untouchable and still tried to “borrow” your stuff.
If you’re not looking to scare them away, but simply want to monitor your front door, there are a variety of hidden security cameras you can install, too.
Criminals like to work in the cover of darkness. So, a bright light at your door can make them think twice about whether your home is a good target. Security lights are an excellent way to keep the images from your CCTV clear, as well. We recommend motion sensor lights, as they are perfect for saving electricity while still keeping your front door well-lit.
If you want to make sure your front door security is up to par, the best course of action is to call a professional. And with Fantastic Services, you can rest assured that your home will be as safe as can be. Whether you’re looking to install or replace a lock, or you need CCTV installation, or even door repair – we’ve got you covered. So, keep your home and your family safe, book your locksmith service today!
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So, now you are on your way to improving your front door security. But not all intruders will try to make their way through the front. If you want to cover all the possible entry points, you might want to think about boosting your garden’s safety, or even getting a home security system.
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