How to easily burglar-proof the front door to your home
Suffering a break-in can leave you feeling unsafe and insecure in your own home. Burglars will often try to break in through your front door, so making it as secure as possible could save you a lot of problems! It may also possibly stop someone from breaking in altogether. If you’re unsure how to secure your front door, follow the steps below.
Install a heavy-duty deadbolt
A deadbolt is a low-cost but high-value addition to your home and your security system. There are different varieties of the deadbolt to choose from, including double-cylinder deadbolts keyed on both sides and single-cylinder deadbolts on just one side. When you select your deadbolt, ensure it has a Grade 1 security rating, and add a strike box to secure it to the frame.
Add a strike box
Strike boxes work by reinforcing the lock system. It works by replacing your existing strike plates with a structure consisting of a metal pocket and oversized units. This system creates a solid connection to the wall stud behind the doorjamb using 3-inch screws. To accommodate a strike box, you’ll need to enlarge the holes in the door jamb and the cover plate recess.
Add a reinforcer plate
Using a three-sided metal reinforcement plate will add an extra layer of security by encasing a door around its deadbolt and handset. You will need to measure the thickness of your door, the handset and deadbolt hole diameter and the distance between its edge and the centre of the setback. When you install reinforce plates, the door’s edge typically extends, so you will likely need to deepen the hinge mortises on the other side to prevent sticking and catching.
Install a wide-angle peephole
A wide-angle peephole will allow you to complete a larger-scale screening of any unexpected visitors. They fit any doors up to 2 inches thick and are incredibly easy to install. To stop any would-be intruders using reverse peephole equipment, make sure you buy one with a cover.
Rekey the lock
Rekeying the lock is the easiest way to enhance the security of your door, especially if you’re not the first person to live in that building. You can find new locks to match most brands at hardware stores and home improvement centres for deadbolts and entrance locks.
Want a visual representation of the points outlined in this article? Art Windows & Doors have created a handy infographic. For those unable to read the infographic, all the image information follows below. Happy securing!
If you’re worried about the security of your front door or feel that now is the time for a change, request a free quote from Art Windows and Doors or contact us today for more information. You can also phone us on 0800 046 3434.