When most people think of home security they are thinking about alarm systems, CCTV and motion detectors. These are all important tools that can be used for any homes security solution, however there is another more important home security component that you might not have really considered before. The doors to your home and garage are actually your first defence against intruders and the elements.
Here are some useful tips that can help you to make sure your home and garage doors are secure at all times:
- Locks: even if the entry doors of your home and garage are secure, you should also have sturdy locks on garages, sheds and gates to further protect your home. By keeping intruders away from the entries to your home you are decreasing the chance that they will be able to enter your home. Unauthorised entry can of course happen whilst you are away or at home, so by making it a habit to keep doors locked you can reduce the risk of someone entering your home easily.
Not all locks are created equal however, so when you’re looking for the perfect lock you should consider:
- Key control – keys can be protected against unauthorised duplication by utility patents.
- Physical strength – how well will the lock withstand abuse such as kicking or jimmying? In addition to strong locks the strike needs to have some kind of reinforcement to the doorframe.
- Durability – will the lock stand up to years of use without failing or becoming difficult to operate? Look at the lock rating to find it’s grade and that will determine its strength and life span.
- Materials: by choosing doors and locks that are made of sturdy materials you are ensuring that they will be less likely to be broken or manipulated. Metal and solid wood are the best choices here, and doors that might have glass panels should also have double-keyed locks to prevent a thief from reaching through glass to unlock a door.
- Deadbolts: entry doors can be further protected through the use of deadbolts, as well as locking doorknobs. Even doors leading from your garage or outbuilding should have double protection so that if someone wants to break into the garage area the rest of your home would be at a lesser risk.
A heavy-duty tubular deadbolt or mortise lock provides good protection on a front door as it can provide protection against picking, drilling and other forms of physical attack.
- Windows: windows can be secured with either locking hardware that utilises a key for operation, or with removable pins so that an intruder cannot easily force the window open.
A quick checklist to ensure the security of your home and garage:
- Are my locks all Grade 2 or better?
- Do all of my doors have deadbolts that extend at least 1”?
- Are all of the deadbolt strikes reinforced to the frame?
- How many key duplicates do I have and who has them?
- Do my keys have protection against unauthorised duplication?
- Are my exterior doors all solid wood or wood filled with properly reinforced frames?
- Is my property adequately lit?
The best way to ensure the safety and security of your home and garage would be by consulting professionals that are skilled in the appropriate areas. We spoke to a local locksmith training company (MPL) who told us “the security of your home is so important in the world of today. We are called out to numerous jobs each day where a lock has simply been snapped for example. Taking simple steps to prevent this are so important to every household and should be the number 1 priority.”