Did you know that often, burglars gain entry by simply kicking open locked doors? You just would not believe how easy this is. This is why it’s crucial to beef up the strength of your house’s doors. And this can be done several ways.
Deadbolt Strike Plate
- It’s ironic that this piece of hardware is called a strike plate, because an inferior type can be struck by the burglar’s foot and blasted apart.
- The strike plate is that metal piece that’s on the door frame, where the deadbolt latches into.
- A low grade strike plate serves the purpose of holding the door shut. Period. It’s no match for a burglar’s foot.
- In addition to a sturdier strike plate, you need a full metal enclosure and longer screws. The burglar will then worry about breaking his ankle as he continues to try to budge this hardware—which is possible, if he’s persistent, has a decent kick and doesn’t tire easily.
Door and Door Jamb
- So to stop a persistent burglar who doesn’t mind repeatedly kicking, you must reinforce the door and door jamb.
- Sturdy door reinforcement can be found at Door Devil.
Solid Wood or Metal Doors
- A hollow wood construction has no place in an exterior door.
- A solid wood door would ideally be made of a hardwood variety. It’s not cheap, but it will buy you peace of mind.
- A steel door is even more secure.
- The ultimate door may be a hurricane-resistant steel door.
- Burglars have been known to remove the hinge pins and lift the door up and out of the frame.
- A door that swings out and exposes the hinges is not secure.
- Safety studs, crimped pins and a setscrew in the hinge will prevent a burglar from removing the hinge pin.
- A door that’s highlighted with a motion detecting light (out of reach from an adult) will help deter intruders.
- A fake surveillance camera (again, out of reach) is an effective deterrent.