It’s a scary thought. Criminals can gain access to your home in seconds by way of forced entry. Even more frightening is that some criminals can simply turn a doorknob, and walk right inside. That’s because very few people take the precautions necessary to protect against forced entry. Here we’ll discuss what you can do to secure doors and protect your family from a forced entry break-in.
Studies show that if a criminal can’t turn the doorknob and enter a home, the most common method of forced entry is to simply kick in a locked door. If your doors aren’t strengthened, it only takes seconds for them to do. Thus, one of the first thing steps in securing doors is to strengthen the door frames.
How to strengthen a door:
Strengthen door frames – Prevent kick-in forced entry by strengthening the door frame itself. Remove the trim around the frame, and insert wood blocks at several points between the door casing and the framing. Before securing in place, remove weather stripping so the screws will drive completely through the casing and blocks, and securely into the frame.
Upgrade to a heavy-duty strike plate – One home security website, Self-Defender, suggests that the weakest point to any door is the lock strike plate. By upgrading to a heavy-duty strike plate, you’ll strengthen the door and protect against forced entry. A strike plate is the groove in the door that holds the lock in place. By upgrading to a heavy-duty one, you’re enforcing the strength in which that lock is held.
Install layered protection – Deadbolts, bolt locks, security screens, door alarms, keyless entry, sturdy chain locks, and so on, will help provide a layered protection that makes it extremely difficult to break through. It’s not necessary to make your home a fortress, but it’s always a smart idea to provide more than one protection point.
About sliding glass doors – If a criminal wants through a sliding glass door badly enough, they can easily gain access by breaking the glass. However, most won’t want to draw the amount of attention the sound of breaking glass with draw. You can increase security by using a heavy wooden stick to prevent the door from opening.
And remember… no amount of locks will prevent a break in if they’re not used. So many of us leave doors unlocked when we’re at home, or when we go outside for a short walk around the neighborhood, or visit with neighbors. Always lock your doors, no matter what, to protect your family against forced entry. This is an especially important rule to teach children, who are often in and out of the house during the day.
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