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The durability and appropriateness of your front door lock is the most vital element in keeping your home safe through the front door. There is a surprising amount of variation in the different lock types for your front door and they can differ significantly in the amount of security they might provide to your home. Different locks can also be vulnerable to different break-in tactics used by burglars, so it is important you are aware of these and whether your lock is capable of protecting your home against them.
If you have doubts, it might be a good idea to upgrade the lock on your front door and you should also of course do this if your locks are old or low quality. It is always a good idea to have a qualified locksmith install a new lock for you, who will use their expertise to ensure you’re using the best lock for your door. Front door security starts with knowing your locks, without this, you cannot add further, appropriate security.
It is important to consider the material your door is made from, as they are not all made in the same way and offer differing levels of security, dependent on how and with what material they are made. Generally, wooden doors are more susceptible to damage by burglars. However, it is possible to reinforce them by inserting strike plates which are made from metal. You should also ensure before purchasing and installing, that your front door has a solid core; only interior doors should have hollow cores. Having a secure door can sometimes mean sacrificing on aesthetics, however if the design of your front door is really important to you, you can pay a bit more for a custom door that works for both your security and aesthetic needs.
Another option to strengthen a wooden door is to install a deadbolt. Ensure that the deadbolt extends deep into the door frame in order to maximise security. You might also choose to have a chain installed to your door, providing you with additional protection when you and your family are inside the house.
You could also improve your front door security by having a security screen; this is a metal barrier that is installed as an additional door. It allows opportunity for further locks and in doing so, undoubtedly strengthens your security. However, ensure that it is high-quality, otherwise it may not be extra money well-spent.