Keep your home safe by securing your doors
Statistic show that most burglars use the front door or the back door of a home in order to gain access to a home. This means that home owners should pay special attention to securing their doors in order to reduce the chances of putting their families and their property in danger. To secure the front and the back door, home owners should ensure that they have the correct type of door installed and that the door is secured safely every night. Below is a more detailed look at the considerations that a homeowner needs to make.
To begin with, choosing the right type of door for your home is paramount. If you have a hollow door, you need to replace your door immediately. You can tell a hollow door by simply knocking on the door and listening for a hollow sound. Hollow doors make it quite easy for burglars because the door is simply two thin sheets of veneer over a frame that may be made of wood or cardboard. To have a more secure door, your door needs to be made of solid material including metal that is reinforced with lock block in order to prevent it from being bent using strong compression instruments such as a car jack. You could also find a solid door that is made out of solid wood or if you like, a layer of veneer over solid wood. A third option is to go to your local glass suppliers and find a fibreglass door. To install the solid door, you need to ensure two key things. First of all, you need to ensure that the door swings open outwards rather than inwards into the house. This is very important because it reduces the chances of forced entry being used to break down the door. Secondly, ensure that you use security hinges when installing the door in order to further secure the door from forced entry.
After you have installed a more secure door it is important to ensure that the areas surrounding the door are not easy to breach. One of the main ways that burglars can easily get around even a well-designed and secure door is to use windows near the door. If you have windows and especially glass panels that are too close to the door, replace the windows with more secure laminated glass and add a grille or security grate on the outer side of the window in order to burglar-proof your home. In most cases, even after putting in a secure door, burglars gain entry into homes because homeowners have forgotten to lock their doors before sleeping at night or leaving their homes during the day. To secure the door further, all exterior doors should have a high quality deadbolt lock in addition to the normal door lock as well as a dead lock installed. Sliding doors should also be secured and made using reinforced glass to make it much harder for burglars to break into your home.
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