What Are The Best Ways to Secure Your Doors?
In previous articles we have talked about how your front doors affect curb appeal, what colors to paint them, and how to protect them from being damaged. But what we haven't talked about is how you can use them to help secure your house - obviously you need to lock your doors!
Many people, when they leave their house, also leave the front door unlocked, it seems they are just asking for trouble. In many cases, burglars enter a home through an unlocked door - it's like they have been invited to enter the house and take what they want.
Why don't people lock their doors?
People think because they live in a small town, a quiet community or a friendly neighborhood that they are not at risk, so they leave their house unlocked. And just because you will only be gone a few minutes is not an excuse either. It only takes a good thief a few minutes to get in and get out.
One lady left her house unlocked, in the middle of the day, when she went across the street to take something to her neighbor. She would only be a few minutes.
When she returned home, there was a strange man coming down the hall from her bedroom. This lady took the offensive and started yelling at the man who left immediately. Not everyone will be that lucky.
There is nothing that makes you feel more violated than knowing that a stranger has been in your house going through your things. To prevent this from happening, precautions need to be taken.
Tips for securing your house:
- Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
- This includes interior doors that separate the garage from the rest of the house.
- Your exterior doors should all be solid-core. If any of yours are hollow, replace them. A hollow door is not only less durable but very easy for an uninvited person to break in.
- Pet doors make your home vulnerable.
- Sliding glass doors should not only be locked, but should have a bar placed in the slider track to prevent them from being opened far enough to allow entry.
- Do not rely on screen door locks. Although the locks may hold, the screens will not.
- If you're going on vacation, it's a good idea to unplug your automatic garage door. It's not that difficult for thieves to "steal" the signal that opens the door.
- One family had an automatic garage door that opened every time their next door neighbor used their leaf blower.
Don't make it easy for thieves to enter your home while you're away or even while you're home. Be smart, use these tips and lock your doors.
If any of your doors are being replaced or need to be refinished, give me a call.