Doors Should Be Tough: Burglar-Proofing Tips

burglar-bars-home-house-440777Keeping your home up-to-date can be one of the most exciting and satisfying things about homeownership. The list of things you could do to make your home all you want it to be can be endless, but there’s one thing that should take priority over all other projects: your home’s security.

According to the Electronic Security Association, a burglary is estimated to occur once every 15 seconds. Another recent estimate tells us at least 34% of burglars will break into homes through a door. In fact, in most homes and offices, doors and door locks are the main focal point of a burglar’s attacks. These attacks can take several forms:

Brute Force Attack

In this most common form of front door attack. the burglar kicks down or rams in the front door, hoping to overcome its structural integrity. Their success here depends upon the door’s material, its hinge locations, and the quality of the lock.

Solution:

A door made of solid wood, or with a solid wood core is your best protection from this kind of assault. Reinforced steel is another great option, but requires a little more maintenance over time to prevent rust.

Drilling Attack

A drilling attack is like a more focused brute force attack with the burglar using a common drill to destroy the lock’s cylinder, disabling its intended function.

Solution:

Don’t skimp on a deadbolt for your door, and make sure the bolt goes deep enough into the side of the door to provide adequate protection from this kind of attack.

Garage Door Safety

A garage attached to your home provides one more convenient avenue for unwanted visitors to enter your home. Luckily, there are measures you can take in securing your garage door to keep control in your hands and burglars at bay.

Windows? Frost Them!

Eyes are the windows to the soul, but windows can be the view into an empty garage, a telltale sign that the homeowners are away. If your garage door has windows, consider frosting or otherwise treating them to prevent strangers from noticing when you and your family are gone and your house is empty and vulnerable.

Lock the Interior Door

Many homeowners will secure their garage door but neglect to lock the door leading from the inside of the garage to the interior of their home. It’s easy to do and it costs nothing, so make a habit and a house rule of it. When you’re leaving, lock that door!

Light it Up

Keep your garage door area well-lit so no thief would even consider spending time trying to gain entry for fear of being spotted. Motion lights are even better, not only exposing the thief but alerting anyone around that something is indeed going on outside.

Your Garage Remote

Old garage remotes are easy to hack, leaving you vulnerable even with your door lit and locked. Replacing your old garage door is your best solution and can happen swiftly and easily WITH BRISBANE GARAGE DOOR PROVIDERS.

You’ve worked hard to be where you are, and in your home are your most precious possessions. Secure doors mean a good night’s sleep and the peace of mind to enjoy your home and family worry-free.

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