Previously, we discussed that 56% of the time, burglars use front and back doors to enter homes. Either the door is left unlocked (don’t do that, especially when you are home), the door has a poor-quality lock that is easily breached, or the door is kicked in. Doorways have three separate weak points, including the door, the lock, and the door-frame. All three of these must be strong in order for the doorways to stop an intruder.
Today, we will discuss the importance of the door itself. Since many doors are simply kicked in as a way of getting in the home, you must have a strong door that is built to withstand the force of a grown man kicking at it with all his strength. So, do the following three things when choosing a burglar-resistant exterior door for your home:
This is a must! Don’t be fooled by hollow-core doors that look heavy and solid. These doors may as well be paper. There is simply no way for a hollow-core door to have enough strength to withstand even weak attempts to break through them.
All door materials are not the same. For truly burglar-resistant doors, your three choices of materials are wood, steel, and fiberglass. A solid door of either of these materials will help keep you secure. Each material has other advantages and disadvantages that will ultimately help you choose the material that is right for you. Below is a brief description of each.
Glass is very popular in doors because it adds elements of beauty and can significantly brighten a darker entryway. However, thieves have several ways of using even tempered-glass as a way to get a hand inside so they can open the deadbolt. Therefore, if you must have glass, choose a door in which the glass is far away from the lock area. Alternatively, you can place a deadbolt at the bottom of the door where it will be well out of reach of prying hands.
Remember, a reputable locksmith will tell you that it doesn’t matter what type of locks you have, if the door is not strong enough to keep them from giving way. And, it won’t matter what kind of door you have if your locks are not up to the job. So, next in the series – choosing the right lock(s) for your exterior doors.