Hello Naperville Patch Readers -
I started blogging on the Elmhurst Patch site about tips in regards to home security as with warmer weather, Home Burglary attempts often increase. I thought it might be helpful to share these tips with different towns/communities.
Today is specifically around Entry Doors on homes.
Here are a few things to think about when evaluating your entry doors.
- Entry doors should always be a solid core or metal.
- Hinges should NEVER be on the outside of the door.
- The "throw" of the deadbolt (a.k.a the latch) should be at least 1 inch in length.
- Always use a heavy duty, good quality deadbolt.
- 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, share with a friend.
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