Making sure your door is secure against unwanted entry is something you need to do periodically to ensure you and your family is safe. With a large majority of burglars entering through the front door of homes, it's important that you know what to look for when it comes to the security of the doors around your house.
To make things easier for you, we've put together this list of the top 5 ways to tell if your doors are secure. Do yourself and your family a favour by following these steps for the doors in your house so everyone can rest a little easier:
Take a look at your deadbolt, or more specifically, the strike plate. Secure the latch into the deadbolts. If it's old, rusted, weak, or just naturally flimsy, it won't stand up to an intruder.
Did you have new keys made when you moved in if you weren't the first family to live in your home? If not, you may be at risk. You may be careful with the keys to your house, but you can't know for sure previous owners were equally cautious.
Not knowing who could have a key may cause a problem later on, but it's a relatively easy fix. This also applies to any spare keys you've given out to people no longer in your life.
Are they exposed? Does your door swing outwards? If you answer yes to these questions, you've discovered a fatal flaw in your front door. A burglar can easily use weak hinges to get past an otherwise secure front door. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to give extra strength to those hinges.
There you go, your weakest link. These doors are the easiest way for a burglar to get in, and often homeowners forget to lock or fortify them entirely. Despite being silent, easy to force through, and merely a forgotten entrance to everyone but the criminals, these doors often give burglars easy, quick entry.
Of course, we have ways around that, too, some of which can be done right from home on your own!
If you use sensors for lights, that's great. However, make sure they work for all doors, including the back door or side doors, or you're just as weak. Especially storm doors and patio doors, where you're the weakest, can benefit from motion sensors connected to lights.
To sum it all up, you may not be as safe as you think, and a few easy checks can help you decide, if it's time to add some reinforcements to your home. There are many ways we can help you secure your doors at Imperial Windows and Doors for maximum security, so you can sleep easy, so come and talk to us!
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My deadbolt is pretty old, so I figure that it's probably time I replace them. My husband has been looking for companies that could replace the locks for us, but he hasn't found anything. I'm curious if I should also look for a company to replace my door, that way I don't have to worry about just the lock.