Is your front door a welcome mat for thieves?
Even doors that look secure at first glance may actually be vulnerable. Here are six suggestions for improving your main entry security:
Go for a solid core door
The most secure doors feature a solid core or composite construction, so they're more difficult to kick in or break. If you're unsure which type you have, knock on your door. Composite doors sound "dead," while hollow doors echo. To improve door security, replace any hollow entry door with one made of, GRP composite, solid wood or a solid wood core.
Change your locks
If your exterior door doesn't have a deadbolt lock, get one. Make sure your door's deadbolt fully extends into the door-jamb opening, which should be reinforced with a metal strike plate. Also, make sure the bolt doesn't feature any exposed exterior screws. In addition, consider installing a dead-lock or "exit-only deadbolt." These locks don't have an exterior keyhole and can only be locked or unlocked from inside your home.
Reinforce existing locks
It's important to reinforce any existing key locks on your door. Cylinder guards around the locks prevent criminals from prying or wrenching locks loose, and solid strike plates (the metal plates that surround where a deadbolt enters a door frame) make it more difficult for a burglar to kick in your door. Strike plates should have screws long enough to reach the studs around the door frame, not just the frame itself. This helps secure the door in the event of an attack.
Install wide-angle peepholes
A common criminal technique is to knock at a door or ring the doorbell and then gain entry forcibly once the door is partly opened. By installing a peephole, you can make sure you only open the door for people you know. Installing a wide-angle peephole means you can also see if the person knocking is alone or if they're carrying any tools.
Dont forget the Back door
Back doors need the same kind of security as front doors, including deadbolts and other locks, strike plates and solid construction. In many homes, however, the back door is a sliding door, which means you can't use deadbolts or strike plates. For sliding doors, it's a good idea to have key locks at the top and bottom of the door, and buy or cut a metal rod that fits into the door's track, preventing it from sliding open.
Turn on the lights
While not an improvement to a door itself, installing a porch light above an entryway can deter criminals. Use either a standard outdoor light that you leave on at night or invest in a motion-detection light; these range from Â£25 upwards depending on quality of construction and brightness.
Go to www.greendoors.co.uk for more information and see our latest range of secure solid core Insulated Composite Doors
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