When it comes to safeguarding your house, the most obvious place to begin is with the front door. It’s surprising how many people in this day and age still leave their doors unlocked, or use poor locks. Even if you live in a rural area, crime occurs where you live. Your doors’ strength and durability is important for home security. A home security door is simply a smart investment.
Characteristics of a Good Home Security Door Metal, preferably steel; or solid, heavy wood such as oak in a thickness that can withstand kicking or high force, are good material choices for a home security door. Soft pine woods, or hollow core doors are not recommended. The lock must be hardened steel to resist drilling or cutting; and its mechanism should be completely embedded in the door or otherwise shielded from picking or cutting. Deadbolt locks are very good (look for at least 1″ – 1 ½” bolts and bump-resistant locks), as are combination deadbolts and card key entry. An interesting product on the market now is the biometric lock system that scans your fingerprint to unlock the door. Your home security door can be cutting edge!
Modern home security doors should have a wide angle viewer or “peephole” for one to see who is outside. Of course your door can be and usually is connected to other security devices such as alarm system sensors. Make sure the door you buy fits into the door frame with no gaps for a crook to pry the door or spread the frame and cut or spring the deadbolt or hinges. Decorative metal grilles in various colors and finishes are also available to enhance security.
Be aware that burglars and thieves don’t just target your front door. In fact, a significant number of break-ins now take place through the garage or side doors. When you think about securing your home, evaluate all your entry doors for their security capability. If your doors are hollow-core, or have flimsy locks, you need to take action. Consider investing in quality home security doors for your safety and peace of mind. And please remember to lock your doors!