Your front door is the portal to your property, effortlessly leading people into your house and welcoming them into your home. You can make this a feature entranceway to really impress your guests and create a stunning threshold for everyone to admire. Just be careful with door security. Front doors, in particular, can be potential weak spots for home security. Take a look to see how secure your door really is.
Fitting premium quality mortice locks and high security cylinder locks will certainly enhance the safety of your front door. Replace standard cylinder locks with 3-star Kitemark standard versions, for example, and you will dramatically reduce the chances of the lock being ‘snapped’ or ‘bumped’ – common methods used by burglars to break into properties. By upgrading your front door locks you create stronger home defences and provide added protection against break-ins.
Do you have a glazed panel in your front door? If so, is this standard single pane glazing which could be really easy to break? If you do have a glazed panel and this is the single pane variety, consider replacing the glazing with either toughened glass or have laminated glass fitted instead.
This is one area of door security that is often overlooked by homeowners. Check to see how secure your hinges are and use longer screws to firmly secure each hinge in place. If you want to protect the door hinges from attack, consider fitting door bolts which have the following advantages:
- Added protection against attacks from burglars
- Engage and disengage when door is opened and closed
- Resistant to saws and any attempt to remove the door from its frame
- Extremely useful for outward opening doors
If you are fitting a new letterbox to your front door consider how close this is to the door locks you have in place. Fit a letter plate too close to the locks and crooks could easily reach their hands through and potentially unlock the door from the inside, so care must be taken when you are installing a new letterbox. For added security, avoid fitting letterboxes on the bottom panel of the door and fit a cover plate on the inside of the door to prevent mail theft commonly associated with identity fraud.
Added security features
You can never be too careful when it comes to door security for your front door and any added security features you can install will further safeguard the property. Items like a spy hole or a door chain/bar will enhance the safety of your door and create added protection for the house.
If you need locks or hardware to improve the security of your front door, we have the perfect items for you here at Mike B’s Security Locksmiths. We offer a 24 hour locksmith service throughout the Midlands and you can contact us to discuss any aspect of home security by calling 01455 891046.
Small businesses are often the targets of organised crime. Inside your office, how much valuable equipment is there? – Computers? Servers? Tills? Money?
That’s why securing your business premises should be at the top of your priority list. Here, we are going to show you exactly what it takes to protect your livelihood. Continue reading
Moving home is exciting, this is the start of a new life, you are about to begin a new journey and you don’t want anything to spoil the moment.
Without sounding boring, it’s worth taking a step back when you move into a new house, give yourself a moment to perform a safety check on the property, test the security and look for any improvements you could make.
Sadly the latest crime statistics would indicate there has been a rise in attacks against the person. The latest figures published by the Metropolitan Police clearly indicate that over 25, 000 incidents of robbery against the person were recorded in a 12 month period.
This makes a harrowing read, what can you do to prevent a mugging or a robbery, how do you protect yourself from becoming a victim of street crime?
Many people but the fact they’ve been targeted and then burgled down to bad luck, but it’s usually because there’s something about your property that the burglar liked the look of.
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One open target that burglars often aim for is your car. It’s sat on your drive, out in the open and it houses valuable belongings.
So what can you do to make it more secure?
Here we’ve put together 4 tips to help you protect your car whilst it’s sat at home.
We’ve mentioned the importance of window protection in our previous blogs but we can’t stress this point enough. Glass is an easy target, frames are sensitive to the criminal touch and windows are easy access points for criminals. Fight back using these methods though and protect your property from the unwelcome advances of burglars or vandals.
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How safe is your front door at the moment? Bet there are a few improvements you could make to improve the security at the entranceway to your property. We’ve listed a few suggestions in this article, read on for top tips and step up security at home.
We stock numerous types of security products at Mike B and many of our customers are domestic clients that want to make security changes around their house. Our advice has helped many customers that have called into our shop over the years and wanted to share some of our pearls of wisdom with our online customers as well. So here are a few ideas you might to want to try to improve security around your house.