How to Burglarproof Your Doors

Just how secure is your door? Do you think that just because you’ve installed an expensive lock you are more secure than others? In many cases of home break-ins, it is the door, be it at the back or the front which are easily accessed by burglars. Do not be too lax, check this guide now and discover more ways to keep your home safe and secure at all times.

 

Method 1 of 4: Do You Have the Right Door?

 

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1. Get the right doors. If your front and back doors are hollow, you need to replace them immediately. How do you know if your door is hollow? Simply knock on it. Hollow doors are merely sheets of veneer over a cardboard core. All exterior doors should be solid and made from the following materials:

  •         Fiberglass
  •         Solid wood
  •         Solid wood core (a layer of veneer over solid wood)
  •         Metal (Note: make sure metal doors are reinforced inside, and have what is called a lock block. Otherwise, they can be bent out of the frame using a car jack)

 

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2. If installing/replacing a new door and frame, consider a fiberglass door that swings outward rather than inward (and don’t forget using security hinges). Having a door open in this way helps absorb any type of forced entry.

 

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3. Replace all windowed exterior doors with windowless doors. For maximum security, all doors should be windowless, and you should not have windows close enough to the door so that a thief could break the window and unlock the door from the inside.

  • If you do have sliding glass doors, glass door panels or nearby windows, however, cover the glass with a security grate or grille on the outside or a clear, unbreakable polycarbonate panel secured behind the glass on the inside.

 

 Method 2 of 4: Lock Your Doors

In a significant percentage of burglaries, the criminal enters the victim’s home through an unlocked door. Even the strongest locks in the world are useless if you don’t use them. Lock all exterior doors whenever you go out – even if you’ll just be gone a few minutes.

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1. Install deadbolt locks. With the exception of sliding doors, all exterior doors should have a deadbolt lock in addition to the lock built into the doorknob. The deadbolt should be high quality (grade 1 or 2, solid metal with no exposed screws on the exterior), with a throw bolt (the bolt that comes out of the door) at least …

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