Falling victim to a break in can be a traumatic experience for anyone, even after the ordeal is over the trauma is long felt afterwards. We’ve put together a number of tips to help prevent this from happening by improving your front door security.
Upgrading your Lock
Although it seems obvious it is a point that is often overlooked by most people. Make sure your locks are not old, low quality or vulnerable is one way you can improve your front door security. Ensuring you have British Standard 3621 locks installed not only guarantees you have a high-quality lock on your front door, but it also means that it will be insurance approved. Millions of properties in the UK have locks installed on their property that do not conform to BS3621, if you were to have a break in with a lock like this in place, it is quite possible that your insurance company will not pay out for any damage or any goods that have been stolen.
Checking the door strength and your door frame strength
Wooden doors are particularly susceptible to being kicked open by burglars, so even if you have an expensive high security lock, it’s useless if the door frame is not also secure. It is possible to have your wooden door reinforced by inserting a strike plate made from metal which is then attached with long screws that are then drilled into the studs. Strike plates are available from most hardware shops or you can get them on the internet. If you are not confident in installing these yourself you can always contact us at Easy Pickings Locksmiths and we’ll come and install them properly for you.
Making sure the door frame is securely screwed down can also improve the security of your front door. Hinge bolts can also be used, these are specifically designed to stop someone from forcing the door off it’s hinges.
Install a deadbolt to your Wooden Door
Having a deadbolt installed to your front door will also drastically increase the security of the property. It’s important that your deadbolt extends deep into the door frame to ensure anyone that tries kicking it will not be able to kick it off. There are a vast range of deadbolts out there to choose from all with varying protection. If you are interested in inquiring about having a deadbolt installed please do not hesitate to contact Easy Pickings Locksmiths for a free no obligation quotation.
Even if you have taken all of the above steps to improve the security of your front door there are still other things that you are able to do. One such this is having a chain installed to your door, this provides additional protection when you and your family are in the house and when you are answering the door it helps stop potential burglars forcing their way in.
If you have any questions about any of the points that we have made above, then please feel free to contact Easy Pickings Locksmiths today for a free no obligation advice on how you can better secure your front door on 07456 080054