How to make your Doors Burglar Proof
Posted on 14th, Aug 2014
High security is a priority among many home-owners with the increasing rate of burglary in Australia. New security measures are being taken by many and include everything from the lock and deadbolt combinations, to keyless entries, to security alarms. According to statistics, most burglars gain access to a home through the front or back door. Beefing up the security on the front and back doors will help to minimize the chances of a break-in. Consider the following tips to burglar-proof your doors.
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How to Make Your Doors Burglar Proof
The most important aspect when considering door security is to choose the right type of lock for the door. First, if you have hollow entry doors to your home, have them replaced without hesitation as they are a threat to your security. Steel, metal, fibreglass and solid wood doors are the best choice in an entry door as they are the strongest. Of the choices, an outward swinging fibreglass door offers the best protection against forced entry.
To maximize your security, all doors with glass panels, as well as sliding glass doors should be secured both inside and out with polycarbonate panels and security grilles respectively. The best security arrangement for sliding doors is the installation at the doorstops and bottoms.
All doors to your home should be secured with a high security door lock, and you need to make it a habit to lock all your doors even when leaving for the home for just a few minutes. All entry doors to your home should have a high quality deadbolt lock installed. Many home-owners opt for a door knob lock and deadbolt combination, which is a good choice. The deadbolt should not have exposed screws.
Deadlocks or exit only deadbolts provide an additional layer of security. Deadlocks have no external key and cannot be broken into unless the door is destroyed.
Front door locks should be high security locks. Lock cylinders can be damaged or removed by burglars by wrenching, hammering, or prying. Bumping is also a threat and used on homes with pin tumbler locks installed. With bumping, a burglar can have the door opened within a minute, and there is no trace of forced entry, which can cause an insurance problem. Protective plates or metal guard rings to protect your lock cylinders on both sides of the door are also an option to up security. Strike plates on exterior doors should be secured by three inch long screws. Also, all exposed door hinges should be on the inside of the doors to the premise.
Extra Security Tips
- When you are away from the home, close the blinds so burglars cannot see into the home.
- Do not give obvious clues that you are not home.
- Put devices like lights or a radio on a timer.
- Trim shrubs and tree branches away from windows and doors so there are no areas a burglar can hide in to gain entry into the home.
- Don’t leave mail piled up in your mailbox.
- Take your name off your mailbox.
- Change to Smart Lock Installation
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