Choose The Right Door, Use The Right Locks

To a burglar, a wooden entrance doors says, “kick me in” but they will think twice if they see a heavy-duty steel door complete with deadbolt locks and heavy duty strike plates.

❏ Install a solid core or metal door for all entrance points including doors that lead from attached garages into the house.

❏ Don’t chose a door that has glass panels that, when broken, will allow the burglar to reach in and turn the deadbolt latch or unlock the door from the inside.

❏ The door lock should be a deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt. The deadbolt should have a beveled edge (slanted) to discourage the use of channel lock pliers that can be used to shear off deadbolt lock cylinders.

❏ Choose a lock with a dead-latch feature; it prevents the lock from being opened by a credit card or a shim.

Invest in a four-screw hardened metal strike plate with 3-inch screws that will sink far into the doorway entrance studs. This will discourage burglars from prying off the doorjamb.

❏ Use saw resistant bolts and screw heads that can’t be tampered with. Use a wide-angle 160° peephole that has a cover on the inside to stop people from looking in.

❏ Practice good key control. Never put your name or address on your key chain. You don’t want to lead burglars directly to your house if you lose your keys or if they are stolen. Also, don’t leave your house keys with mechanics or service people.

❏ Don’t keep a spare key under your doormat, above the door, in a flowerpot or anywhere else near the door. Burglars look there first! Given enough time and tools, almost any house can be broken into; your goal is to fortify the typical entry points so they become deterrents to burglars. You can check with your local police department for more home protection tips.

Secure Your Sliding Doors

The usual locking mechanism on a sliding door is a simple latch than can be easily forced. The best way to secure sliding doors is to install keyed locks at the top and bottom. You can also make or purchase a bar that swings down from the doorframe to the middle of the door to prevent the door from sliding (it’s often called a charley bar). At minimum, place a rod or chopped off hockey stick in the bottom track of the door to keep it from being forced open.

What Keeps Burglars Away?

According to interviews with convicted burglars, these simple actions can help deter intruders:

• Having a noisy dog and/or nosy neighbours.

• Making your home look occupied while you are away through the use of automatic timers for lights, televisions.

• Not allowing mail and newspapers to pile up