Five Suggestions For Improving Door Security
1. Wooden front doors are generally simple for DIYers to make more secure (don’t think about attempting to alter UPVC doors), but if you aren’t sure what you’re doing, get in a locksmith or perhaps carpenter. Installing a door chain is a simple however effective security measure, as is a peephole, but good quality, British Standards locks (if you don’t curently have them) are necessary. You will need 2 locks — a dead-latch cylinder lock and a five-lever mortice deadlock. A few locks offer a lot more security than others – buy the most secure you can afford of course, if in doubt concerning the type of locks you’ll need, check with your home insurer, as they’ll have minimum standards.
2. To stop criminals entering by forcing the door frame, ensure that it’s securely attached or perhaps bolted to the walls around it. It can also be strengthened by installing special bars to help make the locking points (a London bar) in addition to hinges (a Birmingham bar) more robust. Hinge bolts stop the door from being forced off it’s hinges and really should be installed if the door opens in an outward direction.
3. If you have both an inner and outer front door, don’t skimp on security for the interior door, because once a burglar has gained entry to the outer one, they are certainly not seen breaking in to the inner one. A light (perhaps with a motion sensor) at the front of your house can make the front door a lot more visible at night.
4. Glazed or even semi-glazed doors can be created more secure by installing a decorative metal grille on the inside, or perhaps placing security film on the back of the glass. When changing the glass, or buying a new glazed door or side panels, make sure the glass is laminated, therefore it holds together whenever shattered, and also installed from inside, therefore the beading around it cannot be taken off the outside to get entry.
5. The central lock on wooden back doors should be a British Standards five-lever mortice sash lock. It’s also a smart idea to have secondary security on back doors, such as mortice rack/security bolts or perhaps surfaced-mounted push bolts. Sliding patio doors should have at least three locking points, along with an anti-lifting device to stop the doors being lifted up and also removed. Bi-fold doors, which are an ever more popular option to French windows and patio doors, should come with good built-in security measures – seek advice from the retailer or even manufacturer if uncertain.