Your front door probably has a minimum of a night latch and a mortice lock, but its security shouldn’t stop there.
There are plenty of other security measures you can install on your front door. We, at Quotatis, will show you 5 low-cost methods to keep your home secure.
1. Security chain
Security chains are a popular additional security measure. They stop your front door from opening fully, which gives you a chance to see who it is before you invite an unwanted guest in.
2. Reinforcing strips
Reinforcing strips are formed of a D-shaped staple that fits over the keep of a fitted rim lock or night latch. They have steel strips that you can screw onto the inside face of the lock side of the frame.
If you’ve got reinforcing strips on your front door, it will be more difficult for burglars to kick, split or force your door open.
3. Peep holes
Peep holes are a good option for those living in flats and sheltered housing, but anyone can benefit from one. A peep hole allows you to look through your door and see who’s there before you open it.
4. Hinge reinforcing bolts
Although they sound scary, hinge reinforcing bolts provide a simple way of keeping your home secure. They keep the hinge in place at the side of the door, and once you shut the door they are effective immediately.
It’s not difficult for a professional to install hinge reinforcing bolts on your front door for you.
5. Security camera
While not exactly a security measure that will fit on your front door, it’s well worth installing a security camera on the front of your property. You’ll be able to see exactly who is at your door before you let them in, and you’ll be able to see whether there is anyone hanging around your property at any time.
A security camera should act as a deterrent in most cases, but if you were ever burgled, the Police will have a better chance of catching the culprits if you’ve got CCTV footage of them.
Whether you decide to adopt all of these measures or just some of them, you should be able to do most of them yourself. But if you’d rather have some help, locksmiths or security professionals will be more than willing to help you.
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