UK homeowners need to be especially wary of burglaries and home invasions during the darker period of the year. Every home defence system begins with securing the entries and exits of the residence. This includes front and back doors, sliding glass doors, windows and garage doors as well as securing any outbuildings.
Effective home security starts with dedicated homeowners who have the discipline and willingness to discourage illegal entry through some common sense techniques, and security entry points is a sensible place to begin.
Securing Your Doors
Statistics show that many home burglaries are enabled by poor locking devices and unstable front doors or back doors. It has been suggested by many reports that, if possible, burglars like to use the front door. It is near the street or driveway where the can pull a van up to the house, enter and walk goods right to the getaway vehicle and be gone in a matter of minutes.
This is one reason why there is no excuse for an unlocked front unlocked door, a poorly hidden key, or a poorly installed door / frame.
To secure you sliding doors, you should always use a steel barring rod and of course lock the doors. Arguably, a single lock on a sliding glass door is not enough security. Using high strength but subtle steel rods to ensure that windows cannot be forcefully opened is sensible, and provides a welcome second line of defence.
Furthermore, steel doors are great crime deterrents. They are solid, fire resistant and have the strongest locking systems. The steel entry plate and the inverted steel hinges make prying open with a crowbar virtually impossible. If a steel door is locked and bolted, there is no easy way for a perpetrator to enter the home through the door.
Installing Pre-hung Doors
Most re-hung doors are not as secure as steel doors but they can be effective if installed properly. If you intend to hang this door by yourself, be sure to enlist a helper.
Follow these steps:
- Set the pre-hung security door and frame in place, centring it over the existing door on the outside. You may need to remove existing trim around the door and install the door against the siding. The frame must be flat against the house.
- Using the pre-drilled holes in the security door frame as guides, mark the locations of drill holes, then set the door aside.
- Drill straight and level through the exterior and interior walls. Have your helper hold a level against the wall to help you guide the bit in straight.
- Put the security door in place and set the screws, running them all the way through to the inside. Secure with a washer and a nut on the inside.
- On the inside, use a trim around the door frame to cover the bolts and create a professional, finished appearance.
There are a number of steps that you can take to secure your property, whether it be a residency or a commercial premises. Initially, you need to address the weaknesses at your entry and exit points, and let this form the basis of a wider and more comprehensive security system.