How To Secure Your Front Door

September 14th, 2020

When we think about burglars, we imagine them lurking around our homes, sneaking behind bushes, and climbing into a window. Though thieves often do use windows, the majority of burglars use our front doors to enter our home. So when it comes to securing your home, you need to ensure that your front door is safe, secure, and protects you from break ins. There are a lot of ways to secure your front door, here are some of our biggest tips.


  1. Invest In A Solid Core Door


Hollow core doors are more affordable, but they were designed for indoor rooms. Solid core doors are completely solid all the way through the center. They are heavier, sturdier, and much harder to penetrate. The only real way to break through a solid core door is with an ax. Also, as nice as they look, do not select a door with ornate windows, these can be easily and quickly broken, making for easy entry into your home.


  1. Inspect Your Door Hinges


One of the most overlooked things that weaken your door’s security is the hinges. If your hinges are not screwed far enough into the frame, doors are easy to remove. So take a screwdriver or a drill and remove one of the screws. Now measure the screw. If it is less than three inches, you should replace all the screws with 3 inches or longer screws. This will make it harder to remove the door from the hinges.


  1. Add A Deadbolt


Having multiple locks is a great way to secure your home. The strongest lock is a deadbolt lock, as they are extremely difficult to pick. Before picking a deadbolt for your Chico home, it’s a good idea to consult with a security professional about which is the strongest. There is a lot of variability in the security of deadbolt locks. Thus, it’s important to make sure that you choose a lock that will fully secure your home. A great option is to consider a smart lock system, as they add an extra layer of security.


  1. Invest In A Doorbell Camera


A doorbell camera offers an added layer of protection for your front door. Doorbell cameras interface with your smartphone so you can monitor your front door no matter where you are. Doorbell cameras will notify you when someone comes to your front door. Then you can watch a live video and even have a two-way conversation with the person. If it’s a theft, you can contact law enforcement and record the incident. The best part is doorbell cameras are extremely affordable and can integrate right into your existing home security system.

 If you are taking the steps to secure your home, make sure to start with your front door. With the majority of robbers entering your home this way, it’s imperative that you do everything you can to stop them. These simple tips are just some of the ways you can secure your front door. To learn more, speak with a security professional.






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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
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  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
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