When a person’s home has been burglarized they are left with a sense of insecurity. After a break-in, homeowners feel their privacy has been violated, and they worry about whether they can prevent it from happening again. One of the most disturbing facts about a home burglary is that according to statistics, a house which has been broken into has a higher chance of being broken into again. Front door security should be of concern to every homeowner.
Front Door Security Tips
The first step in increasing the security of your home is to implement basic break-in prevention procedures. Make sure to secure the exterior of your property. Alarm systems are great, but they turn on only after an intruder has broken into your home.
When considering the cost of new doors and door repair focus on the elements which are the well known weak points of most entrances. For example, you need a door with a strong deadbolt strike plate. The strike plate is a piece of metal with hole or holes which the deadbolt extends into when the door is closed. A cheap strike plate will keep the door shut but it’s not strong enough to prevent the door from getting kicked in. A good strike plate and strike box will have long metal screws and a full metal enclosure.
The next thing concerning front door security is doorjamb. A burglar who is persistent enough can demolish a weak doorjamb with a few forceful kicks. A door reinforcement kit increases the door’s ability to withstand forceful entry. Having a layer of steel installed prevents the wooden doorjamb from splitting into pieces. Reinforcing doorjamb does not make getting your door kicked in impossible, but it will makes it a lot more difficult.
Hollow core wooden doors are inexpensive but should only be used for internal rooms. Exterior doors should be made of solid wood or metal. Steel doors are surprisingly affordable and provide unparalleled protection.
Front door is the primary point of entry for burglars. When a homeowner improves the quality of their doors they significantly increase the amount of time a burglar needs to get into the house. This is often enough to dissuade a burglar and have them look for an easier target.
If you need a professional help with your door repair services, or to get more tips on front door security, contact our team at Eastway Lock & Key in Charlotte NC. We will be happy to assist. Give us a call at 704-347-1088, or complete our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you right away. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!