Burglars do not just try to sneak into a home through the windows. They have their eyes on the front and rear doors. Believe it or not, the overwhelming majority of burglars enter right through a door. Once the security of a door is breached, the burglar can find himself walking right into a home. From this point, it is “open season” on valuables.
The best defense against burglary is prevention. By making doors harder to breach, property owners help keep burglars at bay. Effectively securing a door is not always that difficult. Following a few simple steps is all that is required.
The types of doors on a home must be chosen with the intent of making sure security is maximized. Thin doors won’t keep a burglar from engaging in forcible entry. Picking a door based on looks might be a bad idea. That nice window on the door could be broken. Once broken, a burglar may reach inside and unlock the door.
A weak door is going to offer weak security. Sliding doors, in particular, present extremely weak security. Showing weakness in any selection of a door leads burglars to select that home. Burglars look for homes that are easy targets. A burglar knows from experience what types of doors offer minimal security. They also know what types of doors are nearly impossible to breach. Install a solid security-oriented door. Consider such a door a solid investment.
There is one component to a door people sometimes overlook. This would be the frame. The frame holds the door in place. A weak frame won’t be able to hold even a solid steel door in place if enough force is pressed upon the frame. A cracked or warped frame most assuredly would have to be replaced. Those who overlook the condition of a door’s frame are also overlooking the security of their home.
There are other things that have to be taken into consideration when hoping to safeguard a home. Shrubs, tree branches, and other obstructions provide the cover burglars need to work on a door. When a front or rear door is not obstructed, a burglar runs the risk of being noticed by neighbors, people passing by, and law enforcement officers on patrol.
Burglars are not home invaders. Burglars prefer to invade a home when no one is in the interior. Burglars sometimes assume people are not home, and this could lead to a disastrous confrontation. Anyone who is home should take extra steps to make sure no one enters the door. This means a deadbolt lock, a chain lock, and a sliding bolt lock should always be utilized to make entry incredibly difficult. The deadbolt lock is enormously helpful when the home is unoccupied. These locks are not exactly easy to break, damage, or tamper with. As a result, a home’s door remains secure.
If the current state of your door is lacking in any way security-wise, take steps immediately to improve things. Every day weak security is in place, opportunities exist for burglars.