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Tips to Make Your Door Hardware More Secure

Security tip specific to securing your home entry doors.

In my first blog, I received a lot of questions around alarms and other things for home security, but so far, no one has brought up door hardware. Here are a few things to think about when evaluating your entry doors.

  1. Entry doors should always be a solid core or metal.
  2. Hinges should NEVER be on the outside of the door.
  3. The "throw" of the deadbolt (a.k.a the latch) should be at least 1 inch in length.
  4. Always use a heavy duty, good quality deadbolt.
  5. Use at least four heavy duty, 3-inch-long wood screws to secure the strike plate to the wooden door frame.

The quickest and easiest to take care of yourself is #5. Almost always, the forced entry point of a door is the door jamb, where the strike is. Reinfocing it with 3-inch-long wood screws will make it more difficult to kick in and more likely to take a beating.

Just some food for thought. Thank You for reading and remember, tell a friend.

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carol arkis April 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Is there someone I could hire, who would come in and assess the safety needs in my home, AND do the work needed? Thx Carol
Graem Kubin May 11, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Carol - sorry for the delay in response. My company does offer home security hardware advice/recommendations and has Professional Technicans that can perform the work as well. We handle all but Alarm systems. You can check us out at www.dupagesecuritysolutions.com and if interested give us a call. Thank you for the inquiry.

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