Home burglaries are more common than you might think. During the summer months of 2018, around €6.4 million worth of property and cash was stolen in the Republic.
Home security is vital in Ireland. One of the best ways to protect your property and family is having a secure front door.
Here are some top tips on door safety that you should know. Read on.
Choose the Best Materials
Surprisingly, many thieves try to gain access to a home through the front door. One of the best ways to ensure you have a secure door is to make sure that your door is not easy to kick in or break.
A PVC door is a great choice for a front door full of many benefits. It is more secure, won’t rot, saves energy, and is easy to maintain.
Palladio doors are known to resist warping due to their construction. One of the best ways to secure your front door is to choose a door that has a good strength-to-weight ratio.
These are even resistant to police battering rams. Composite doors are also very durable and resistant to damage. Speak to your local door experts for advice on choosing the right material for your front door if you have any questions.
Many doors have windows. Unfortunately, this is often the weakest area on a door. If a door is reinforced but the glass panels aren’t, then the front door is not really secure.
Palladio doors come with toughened safety glass which is triple glazed. That means that thieves can’t smash these windows in order to unlock the door.
Install the Correct Deadbolt
If you don’t have a deadbolt on your front door, you need to get one. A deadbolt is a great way of reinforcing doors against intruders.
Choose a deadbolt that comes with additional features to prevent tampering. Ideally, you want to choose a lock that can resist lock picking, drilling, and forceful shoves.
100% steel locking pins and overall construction tends to be the most secure options.
Be sure that the deadbolt fully extends into the door-jamb opening, which should be reinforced with a metal strike plate.
Also, make sure the bolt doesn’t feature any exposed exterior screws. This will prevent intruders from drilling off your lock and gaining access to your home.
You may also think about getting an “exit-only deadbolt.” This type of lock doesn’t have an exterior keyhole. It can only be locked and unlocked from the inside.
A Secure Front Door Equals a Safe Home
There you have it! The top ways to have a secure front door. As you follow these tips for reinforcing doors, you will be able to rest assured that you and your family are safe from home invasions.
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