One thing you can do to make it more difficult for someone to gain access to your home is to invest in a solid wood or metal door. JELD-WEN carries a number of high-quality, attractive designs that will fit in with the decor of your home. Along with a quality door, a metal frame with one or more three-inch screws for each hinge plate will slow down the would-be burglar’s progress if your home were ever targeted. These features will make it more difficult for a criminal to kick the door frame away from the wall to gain entry.
Perform Your Own Safety Inspection on Your Home
To give yourself peace of mind this Holiday Season, take a close look at your home to make sure you are not inadvertently setting yourself up as a target. Start by inspecting your existing locks. Deadbolts are the best bet for security purposes, and the throw should be at least one inch in length. (This is the bolt that passes into the door frame.)
Before you go out, you’ll also want to make sure your sliding glass doors and windows are secure. A simple, low-tech way to do this is to place a piece of wood in the track to keep them from being opened from the outside. For greater security, consider investing in a keyed lock system that will make it even more difficult for a burglar to open.
Take Steps to Deter Burglars
You can also deter burglars through other means. Leave a radio or the television on when you go out to give the impression that someone is at home. Your home is less likely to be targeted if it appears to be occupied. Installing a motion-sensitive flood light outside your home will also help to make your home more secure at night. Keep shrubs and tree branches well trimmed to limit access to your home.
If you are interested in looking at the quality exterior doors offered by JELD-WEN, contact us or stop by our showroom.