3 Ways To Make Your Front Door More Secure
Keeping the windows and doors of your home locked provides an initial line of defense against home burglaries, but the reality is that 60 percent of break-ins occur through using forcible entry to the home. This can mean that even if your front door is locked, a determined burglar can often kick it off its hinges and make entrance to your home in the blink of an eye. While a reinforced steel door is an effective way to increase the security of your home, there are other security upgrades you can make without giving your home the appearance of a bunker. Here are three ways to make your front door more secure.
Install A Reinforced Strike Plate
The strike plate on your front door is the small, rectangular-shaped piece of steel that holds the deadbolt. While the strike plate might seem small, don't discount its importance of providing security for your home. You can further enhance its value by replacing your stock strike plate with a heavy-duty one. Heavy-duty strike plates are typically larger than regular varieties, but the big advantage is that they use longer screws. Longer screws are able to bite into more of the wood frame that surrounds the door, thus making it much more difficult for a burglar to kick at the door in this area and knock off the strike plate to gain entry to your home.
Upgrade The Hinges
Standard door hinges don't provide the best line of defense against a determined burglar, but an upgrade in this area can subtly make your front door much stronger. Security hinges are not only thicker, larger and contain more screw holes, but also have an added security element. They're typically equipped with studs on each side of the hinge -- and a corresponding hole on the opposite sides -- that serve to make the hinge stronger. When the door is closed, the steel studs sit inside their holes, making it exceedingly more difficult for someone to break the door off its hinges.
Use A Reinforcement Plate
Given that many thieves will first attack the area around the handle of the door, you can secure this spot with the installation of a reinforcement plate. This large, rectangular piece of steel is mounted to the door underneath the handle and deadbolt to greatly strengthen this area. These plates are available in a wide range of colors and styles, meaning that it's easy to match the plate to the overall look of your door so that it blends in.
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