The front door to your house is what keeps people out or lets them in. You want to have control over this and keep those you feel are dangerous or unwanted on the outside of your home. No one wants to think that their door isn’t burglar proof, or unable to keep you safe. Unfortunately, unless you have taken some precautions, you may be in danger if a burglar picks your house as a target. Best Locksmiths would like to walk you through some reinforcing that can be done to your front door and help you keep those that are dangerous out.

Choose a Solid Exterior Entry Door

When you are choosing your front door, you want to choose one that is made of solid wood or metal. Many doors are hollow and don’t provide much safety for you and your loved ones. You can tell if your door is hollow by tapping on it. If it is hollow you will be able to tell. Hollow doors are great for doors on the interior of your home, but any exterior doors should be solid. When choosing a solid wooden door, try to pick one made from hardwood to provide the most protection.

Reinforce the Door Jamb Frame

If you don’t want someone to be able to gain access into your home by kicking in your door, you need to do some reinforcing on your door jamb. Usually there is only about one inch of wood holding your strike plate in place and this can be destroyed with a few forceful kicks. Invest in a reinforcement kit that include a steel plate to reinforce the wooden jamb and make it difficult to gain entry by kicking in the door.

Deadbolt Strike Plate Replacement

The strike plate is the piece of metal that the deadbolt fits in and slides into the door frame. If you buy a strike plate that uses longer screws and is completely enclosed in metal, you have a better shot at keeping burglars out. This will also help your door withstand forceful kicks to break in.

Add Exterior Security Lighting

When a burglar is deciding on a house to target, they will often pass over ones that are well lit. If you have some lighting on your front porch near your front door, this can deter burglars. If you don’t want to have lights on constantly, you can install motion censored LED lights that only come on when they detect movement. You can add an extra layer of security if you want to install cameras to keep an eye out as well.

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If you are worried about someone breaking into your home, or if your neighborhood has been targeted recently, you may want to make these small but big improvements to your front door. You don’t want to fall victim to burglaries. Best Locksmiths can assist you with any of your lock and key repairs and installations. Don’t hesitate to call us for all your locksmith needs.