With our current economic condition, it is easy to see that crime is on the rise. It is important that you take on the right precautions so that you can protect yourself, your family and any of your belongings no matter what.
This will call for protecting your house from any sort of forced entry, but how do you prevent it? Have you been able to make sure that your home is going to be protected from forced entry? If not, you could end up being at risk.
To start with, it is important that you check all of your exterior doors so that you can see if they open in an inward or outward fashion. The doors that open outward are those that are best protected from forced entry.
A door that opens inward could be at risk, so it is a good idea to investigate them further for safety measures. Look at all of your inward opening doorways and see if you have metal in place. If you do, then they are going to be safer and more protected than wood options.
If you do happen to have wooden doorways, you need to also have metal plates in place where you can use a deadbolt to slide into the jamb itself to lock it. If you have no metal plate, then you are going to be at increased risk of forcible entry.
Even if you end up having a number of locks or bolts in place, they will only be as strong as the attachment to the wood, meaning that they may be able to get kicked in easily.
Methods For Preventing Forced Entry:
– Look into the purchase of metal plates that are specially designed to reinforce the dead bolt latches, just be sure that you are using screws that are #10 and 3″ in length. This can be a rough task for anyone who is not familiar with the reinforcement needed.
– Work to install metal plates on the stud work behind your drywall and make sure that you have extra long throws on the dead bolt area so that it can reach past the jamb of the door and well into the trimmer right where the metal plate is. This will help to protect your home from forced entry and it is usually done during the building process. It may be a bit more work to install later on.
– Have a metal door jamb and metal door installed. You will find a wide variety on the market today, however you will find that they are a bit of an investment.
– If you happen to rent a home or an apartment, you want to think about talking to your landlord about any of the changes that you are looking into making. In this instance, it may be a good idea to look into some sort of an alarm to help protect your living area.
A door stop alarm security system will have two features, one of which is to prevent any sort of forced entry and the other is a loud alarm that works as a great deterrent. The door stop will be put into place and work to wedge itself to make sure that the door is not able to open anymore than just a crack. These units are also great to use when you are visiting a hotel room and want to keep your valuables and your family safe.