Home Security Tips for Front Doors and Entry Doors
When you think about being burglarized, you probably imagine
criminals sneaking around the back or the side of your house. But
front doors can be a target too. Burglars really just want an easy
point of entry so they can get in and out of your home as quickly
as possible without being detected.
To help maintain your home security, avoid the following:
- Hollow core doors for your front door or other entry
doors, which can easily be kicked in without drawing much
- Sidelight panels or glass paneled doors. Burglars
can smash the glass and reach in to open the door.
- Sliding doors, which can be lifted off their
- Doors fitted with the hinges on the outside--a
burglar can simply unscrew the hinges and remove the door.
- Providing cover for burglars. Make sure front doors
and entry doors are well lighted and un-obscured by plants and
- Leaving the keys to your home, garage, or car on a
table or peg inside your front door or near an open window. Thieves
can use a stick or wire to reach through your window, post box, or
pet entrance if you have one, pick up your keys, and use them to
enter your home or garage, or take your car.
Ideally, front doors and entry doors should be made of solid
wood or steel and fit snugly into the door frame, which should be
made from the same material. Use double-cylinder deadbolt locks on
front doors and entry doors, especially if they have a window near
them, because a key is required to open them from the outside and
Be vigilant but don't live in fear.
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