Doors are your home’s first line of defence against possible intruders, which is why they should be amongst your top priorities when it comes safeguarding your family and your belongings.
There are several things you can do to significantly reduce the weak points within your door security without breaking the bank. In this article, we’re going to walk you through the basics of burglar-proofing your doors for enhanced protection and extra peace of mind.
So keep on reading.
Choose Locks Which Meet British Security Standards
The lock is essential to door security. The stronger the lock, the less opportunity for burglars to break into your home through the front door.
Locks which are poorly made using cheap materials can quickly be forced open. Problem is, you can’t determine how secure a lock is solely by looking at it. So how can you assess how efficient your door locks are?
The best thing you can do is look for the British Standard Kite Mark. If you see this sign displayed on the product, it means it has been certified by the British Standard Institute for meeting the required security standards.
If not, we strongly recommend replacing your locks. Otherwise, they could put not only your door security at risk, but your entire home security system, as well.
Consider Viewers for Enhanced Door Security
If your doors don’t have clear glass, then a door viewer can turn out to be a valuable addition as it allows to see who’s on your doorstep without having to open the door. There are three main options to choose from:
- The spyhole viewers. These are the most common ones and come with a fisheye lens which provide a wide angle of view of the area outside the door.
- Prism viewers. Unlike spyholes, prism viewers don’t require users to put their eyes on the viewer. You’ll be able to see who’s outside directly onto a viewing screen from as far as seven metres.
- Secure Vision Panel. One of the most popular designs consists of three panels of glass with a handle of the back of the door. Using the handle, users can slide the opaque middle panel of glass and see who’s on the other side of the door.
If you need help figuring out which one is the best viewer taking the depth of your door into account, make sure to give us a call at 0800 0612 677. We’ll give you more information about the installation process as well.
Add Security Grills to Your Door Windows
Door windows are often a desirable feature among homeowners as they provide an excellent way to let natural light in. However, door windows can also be a vulnerability in your security system – especially if they are placed in a position which allows a robber to reach in and open the door from inside.
However, if you currently have a window on your front entrance, there’s no need to replace the door. A convenient solution is to add a security grill.
There are a variety of grilles you can choose from and they are all designed to keep unwanted intruders out of your home. Burglars prefer an easy entry, so by adding multiple layers of security to your doors, you are effectively making your home less appealing to housebreakers.
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