Your door locks are in place in your home to protect your home and family. That’s why it’s important to always take the time to maintain and increase your home’s security system.
Start by upgrading your locks. Since this is something you use every day and is an important way to secure your home, make sure you’re using the right kind for your door and that it’s working properly. Have you chosen a lock that is appropriate for your door? Will it be weak against blunt force or the use of an impact key?
It might be time to call a locksmith to replace your old locks and install one of the trusted brands of door locks on the market. It’s also a good time to make sure you have a deadbolt, as the latch or key knob is less important. Your deadbolt lock will be much harder to break into compared to a spring-loaded lock, since you can’t move the deadbolt without turning it in its core.
Reinforce your doors and glass surfaces
Next, take the time to have your doors and glass surfaces checked. These are more ways that criminals will try to break in. If you’re using an old, lightweight door, it may be time to replace it with a solid door with hardwood or metal inserts.
Lengthen set screws
Talk to your locksmith about extending set screws. This is another simple but effective trick to improve your home’s security. Simply have your strike plate and hinges extended to 7.5-centimeter screws. If someone tries to kick the door in, you’ll find that the door is more likely to just splinter and break, but not actually be kicked in.
Maintain and install other hardware
Last but not least, take the time to maintain your hardware and add additional features as needed. You can add additional metal pieces to the door to strengthen it where it has weak spots. If you have exposed or weakened bolts that you use to secure a door, get a cover that extends over the clamp.