Burglars tend to attack your home’s weakest point of entry. That could mean an unlocked window or garage door, or a flimsy lock on a door. The way your doors are installed and kept in place can also be a factor.
Here are a few tips on making your doors more secure:
Insert a stick or a hockey stick in the bottom track of your sliding patio or balcony door, between the door and the frame. A stick cut to the right length – as tight as possible so the door doesn't have any give – will make it extra difficult to open. In addition to a stick, you can also install a bar that swings down across the door and tightens into place. You can pick one up at your local hardware store.
knock the pins out and lift the door right off its hinges – whether or not the door is locked. Make sure the hinges and pins of your doors are on the inside, where only you can get to them.
When installing your door, a screwdriver, some screws and about 15 minutes is all you need to help burglar proof your entrance. Use longer, heavy-duty screws in the doorframe. The screws should measure three inches or more – long enough to penetrate right into the framing stud. You’ll make the structure more rigid and the door that much harder to kick in.
Exterior doors should be solid core. Hollow doors are easy to punch or cut a hole through to reach the lock inside. Exterior doors with glass or thin panels are easy for a burglar to break and reach the lock inside. Inspect the glass in or near your door. You may want to consider replacing it with a more secure glass or plastic or adding a shatter-resistant plastic film on the inside surface.
Sometimes small little fixes and changes can make a big difference and help make your home and family safer.