Implementing home door security is imperative to have done "Before” an intruder breaks in.
A criminal, intent on breaking into your home to steal your possessions and commit identity theft, finds the front, back and garage doors the weakest points.
Most garage doors are the entry point for a thief. Because of this, home door security is extremely important to address.
It is not only the weakest door, but it is followed by easy access to a back door and provides the best coverage.
Putting bracing under the molding and multiple locks makes this kind of entrance highly unlikely.
Inside and out, this will not be noticeable, and you will retain the beauty of your home.
What a surprise for the thief!
The door strike plates are attached with small screws, and the moldings are normally just tacked to the frame of the door and can be torn away quite quickly with a firm “boot” to the door.
For all entry points, it is actually preferable to use solid core or metal doors.
The screws will cut deep into the door frame stud. Also, use longer screws in the door hinge.
Most hardware stores carry the items you will need for this project and is more than worth the little extra trouble and expense.
Use at least a one-inch throw bolt. I use longer ones in mine, as an extra safety precaution. The lock set should have a dead latch mechanism.
Years ago, before we were aware of the rising problem of home burglary and identity theft, I locked myself out of my home and was able to use a shim to gain access.
These days, unless you have upgraded your home door security, credit cards are commonly used to gain access.
Home door security is especially important when you have glass doors in your home.
I did this once when I got locked out of a friend’s house where I was working.
I lifted the large patio sliding door right off the track to gain entrance. Not Good!!
If you use a pole in the track, make sure it’s within ¼ inch of the track length. If the pole isn’t long enough, the thief can still slip his fingers in, and “Zap!” the intruder is in your home.
A garage door is one of the entry points loved by thieves, especially on older garage doors.
Older doors had remote controls that operated with a “fixed code”.
All a thief had to do was spend a little time outside your home, find the correct code and, “abracadabra", the garage door opened and he had access to your vehicles and your home.
Every time the unit is used, the code changes. This stops the thief from entering your garage, as he is unable to duplicate the code.
This is a crime of opportunity, and you have definitely provided that opportunity.
I know people that thought nothing of leaving their garage door open all the time, or for their small pets to get in and out.
This action theft the garage, house and everything in both, vulnerable, and the people stopped doing this when items turned up missing or the house was broken into.
Initiating these home door security tips will help protect you from crime and identity theft. For more home security tips see motor vehicle theft garages.
Personally, besides having all these things to stop a thief, I had a dog - A Very Large Dog.
Although my dog was good with people he knew, he was still very protective of my house and me.
Oops! Excuse me, his house. It was a well known fact around the neighborhood that he would protect his house and me.
The constant barking would most likely draw attention to them and what they are doing. The thief doesn’t want that.
Doggie Doors are common when you have a pet, but not safe to have.
Thieves have been known to bring a small child with them. They put the child through the pet door and have the child open the front door.
Remember! Many thieves are teenagers, and it is common among the teen thieves to bring children with them for just this purpose.
I’m sure it goes without saying that an adult can fit through the large size doggy door.
I had a beautiful German Shepherd years ago, and that was the way I showed him what the doggie door was for.
Fortunately for me, it only took one try on my part for him to get the idea.
The Only doggie door I feel safe using is a custom fit, tinted, electronic doggy door.
This has an electro magnetic sensor that the dog wears on his collar.
Whenever the dog’s head gets close to the doggy door, the door will open automatically.
This is the best idea for home door security when you have animals.
The thief now has no fence to climb trying to escape. Why? Remember the gate that was left unlocked?
If you follow these suggestions, your home security doors don’t have to be the weakest area of your house. Protect yourself against thieves and identity theft.