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How can I improve my door security?

How can I improve my door security?


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HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY DOOR SECURITY?

Follow our tips below to boost your door security and protect your home from potential break-in attempts.

How can I improve my door security How can I improve my door security

Home security is one of the most important considerations for many homeowners. Let's face it, we all want to feel safe and secure in our home. Your home should be a place where you can relax and unwind without worrying about the safety of yourself, your family and your belongings. You might be surprised to hear that the front door of your home is one of the most common points of entry for burglars. As autumn approaches and the nights draw in, are you confident in your front door's security protection?

When you want to ensure that your home is as secure as possible, there are several measures you can take. To help you to improve your door security, we've compiled a list of the 7 best ways to improve your door security.

1. Strengthen your locking system

The most fundamental part of your door's security is its locking system. If someone wants to force entry into your home, they must first breach your locks. Most modern doors are fitted with multi-point locking systems as standard, such as the SmartLock system. These locks often feature a cylinder which is designed to prevent forced entry attempts such as picking, drilling or bumping the lock. If your door is over 10 years old, then it's worth checking to see how well the locking system is performing. A locksmith will be able to assess your existing lock and replace it if necessary to boost your home security.

2. Install toughened glass

Many entrance doors feature glazed areas. These glass sections are a great way to bring more natural light into your home but unfortunately, they can be a security risk. If your entrance door has a glazed area, particularly a larger one, it may be worthwhile replacing it with reinforced glass. Toughened or reinforced glass is designed to resist break-in attempts and provide peace of mind that your home is protected.

3. Add a door restrictor

Home security is not just about night time break-ins or burglaries while the house is empty. Thieves often target the vulnerable and talk their way into a home, stealing valuable items while the homeowner is distracted. These confidence tricksters can be very charming and convincing. They'll stand less chance of gaining access to your home, however, if your front door is fitted with a chain restrictor.

4. Ensure the area near your door is not concealed

When a criminal wants to break into a property, they'll look for concealed areas near the door to give them cover from being seen from the road. If your front door is clearly visible from the street, a burglar is less likely to target your property. If, on the other hand, your home's entrance is obscured by bushes, vehicles, fences or even poor lighting, it is more likely to be targeted by thieves.

5. Install a surveillance camera

It may seem like an extreme measure, but installing a camera outside your home is an effective deterrent to any potential burglars. Only the most audacious burglars will attempt to break into a house with a visible security camera focused on the door area. A burglar alarm is also a good deterrent. Even if it's not active, an empty box attached to the front of your home can be enough to dissuade anyone from trying to unlawfully enter your home.

6. Install a porch

A porch adds an extra layer of protection to your home. With a porch at the front of your home, you'll instantly have two front doors. For any potential burglars, this means twice the work to gain entry to your home. While porches are a great way to improve your door security they can also help to boost thermal efficiency and even add value to your home’s market price.

7. Replace your entrance door

Replacing your entrance door with a more modern and secure model is the ultimate way to improve your door security. At Everest, all our doors meet the highest industry security standards so you can rest assured that your home is protected. Whether you prefer uPVC, composite, aluminium or timber doors, each material we use is also optimised for security.

As you can see, there are lots of things you can do to improve your door security. The most effective method, however, is to replace your door with a new, high performing alternative. When you choose a new entrance door from Everest, you can relax in your home, safe in the knowledge that you have done everything you can to protect against forced entry.

Everest doors: security credentials

At Everest, we install a wide range of entrance doors. From front and back doors to bi-fold doors and patio doors, all our doors are designed and manufactured to the highest industry standards. In terms of home security, our doors won't be beaten. When you choose an Everest entrance door, you get:

  • High security multi-point or shoot-bolt Yale locking systems
  • Recognised industry security certification from PAS 24: 2016
  • Anti-pick, anti-bump and anti-drill locking cylinder
  • Upgrade to police initiative Secured by Design status
  • Professional installation with a focus on improving home security

October is National Home Security Month. Across the country, communities will come together to review their home security and raise awareness of the importance of keeping your property safe and secure. At Everest, we are official supporters of NHSM and are working with other supporters to ensure that every home in the UK is as safe as possible.

To get involved with NHSM visit the website at https://www.homesecuritymonth.com. To find out more about improving your home security with help from Everest give us a call or contact us online for a free no-obligation quote.

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