Whether you own a home, rent an apartment, or are considering buying, safety is a key aspect of protecting the one place you should feel most safe in the world. Home safety starts at the front door, and we’ve compiled the top five ways for ensuring the gate to your castle is the most secure.
1. Have your lock(s) installed by a professional.
It’s tempting to save a few dollars doing it yourself. You wouldn’t let just anyone replace the transmission in your car, you’d rather leave it to someone with experience – someone who provides that very service for a living. You should treat your locks, especially your front door, the same. A professional can help you pick the most secure lock out there, giving you peace of mind in knowing you aren’t relying on the advice of strangers on the internet.
2. Create a multipoint locking system.
A single lock, usually attached to the door handle itself, is the most common kind. Consider a second, more secure lock – namely a deadbolt. The advantage of a deadbolt is, in the case where someone tries to kick your door in, they would need to hit the door with enough force push that thick cylinder of metal through the frame. That kind of force would make enough noise to wake the neighbors and get that yippy dog down the street worked up. A deadbolt is a simple, cost-efficient way to increase your home security.
3. Consider upgrading the door itself!
We don’t usually think about the material used in the construction of doors. Doors inside the home are usually thin and made of more cost-efficient materials, while the front door is made of thick wood or thin metal.
One tactic used to break into a home is creating a hole in the door large enough to reach through and flip the locks. This can be prevented by upgrading the door itself to include a thick metal sheet inside the construction of the door itself. This adds weight, but greatly increases security and stops a thief in their tracks.
4. Visibility is the biggest deterrent.
When choosing a house to rob, thieves will often seek out homes with low visibility to their neighbors. Keeping your front door free of obstructions and visible to the neighbors might not sound like it helps all that much, but is the single simplest security measure out there. Keep your bushes trimmed and don’t be afraid to keep your porch light on at night. Your neighbors are far more likely to call the cops for something they can see.
5. Splurge on a home security system.
We’re in the golden age of technology, which means you have more options than ever when it comes to protecting your front door. From alarms systems to cameras that activate whenever anyone gets too close, alerting you on your smartphone, you have options.