8 Tips to Have a More Secure Front Door
Securing your front door should be at the top of your home safety list. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 72% of break-ins that occurred in 2017 happened in a residential location. While the number of burglaries has decreased compared to the past years, there are still thousands of burglaries in Australia every year. This crime not only causes damage to your home but can also interfere with your peace of mind. A home isn’t a home if you don’t feel safe in it.
With this in mind, one of the best ways to secure your home is by making sure that you have a secure front entrance. If there is a good thing about burglaries, it’s that they don’t happen by chance. Burglars look for an easy opportunity and this means houses that can easily be entered. The key is to be smart and make sure that your home is protected from this type of crime.
To help you out, below are 8 tips on how you can have a more secure front door.
1. Invest in high-quality door locks.
One of the most basic ways to secure your front door is by investing in high-quality door locks. The best options to consider are double cylinder deadlocks or dead latches. A deadbolt is the best option because it is not activated by a spring. This means that when the bolt is locked, it cannot be returned by end pressure. The only way to open it is by using a key. A lock that has a dead latch bolt is also a good option because it prevents burglars from opening a door using a credit card.
Consider adding a peephole on your front door too for added security.
2. Have a few motion sensing lights.
Installing a few motion sensing lights near your front door can help deter prospective burglars. Infra-red motion sensing lights are not that expensive plus they are easy to find. Apart from installing some near your front door, you may opt to install a few motion sensing lights at the back of your house too. Unexpected illumination will surely deter a burglar from breaking into your house.
3. Install light timers around your house
If you’re thinking of going away or you often come home late, light timers that automatically switch on will add security to your home. A tip in setting up the timer is that it should follow or mimic the time when you usually switch off or switch on your lights. An added bonus is light timers are inexpensive and can be found in most hardware stores.
4. Clear the space in front.
Your front door should not be covered. Clear out any trees or trim bushes that are situated near your front door. Make sure that there is a clear line of sight from the street so that anyone passing can see if there is someone or something suspicious at the door of your house.
Broken streetlights should be reported straight away so that they can be replaced and help illuminate your area. It’s also good to have your house number clearly displayed so that the police can respond quickly in case you need to call for help.
5. Put an alarm system into place.
An alarm system will surely discourage any potential burglar from targeting your home. There are a lot of different alarm systems available nowadays, you just need to identify what suits your needs best. What’s important is for you to choose a system that is appropriately programmed, installed, and maintained plus has visible signage available too.
It’s good to note that some alarms are directly connected to a police station or to an alarm control centre. If you chose a system that depends on your neighbour’s acknowledgement, make sure that you have neighbours who are willing and able to respond.
6. Round-the-clock security.
No one is stopping you from going on a holiday. But while you’re away, your security system should not also have a holiday too. There are some simple actions that you can try and implement, such as asking a friend to collect your mail so that it does not accumulate inside your mailbox. You can also invite your neighbour to park their car in your driveway while you are away to help make the house look like it is occupied. It wouldn’t hurt to schedule someone to mow your lawn while you’re on holiday. Your front lawn will look nice, but at the same time, you’re making sure your house is safe.
7. Secure your windows, too.
You shouldn’t stop with securing just your front door. Making sure that your windows cannot be easily pried open is essential in keeping your home safe as well. Consider having grilles on your windows to keep them safe from break-ins. Skip the ordinary steel and go for the super hard alloy. It is much harder and more durable.
8. Install a Security Door
Another effective way of securing your front door is by installing a security door. Choose a security door that’s fitted with a triple lock for extra security. If you want a security door that’s extra hard-wearing, make sure to ask if it comes with a DVA mesh. This is perfect if you have kids or pets inside the house.
If you’re worried about having a dull-looking security door, choose a provider that has various finish colour options so you can personalise it.
U-Neek Security Doors can help you with securing your front door.
If you are a resident of Newcastle or Lake Macquarie, U-Neek Security Doors can help you keep your peace of mind. We are a one-stop shop for everything you need for your windows and door dressings. We have different types of security doors that you can choose from depending on your needs plus we’ve extended our range to include window blinds too.
Just continue exploring our website to find the perfect product for your home. You may also contact us via telephone at 02 4945 4460 or via mobile at 0427 486 862. Showroom appointments are available upon request!