Burglar Proofing Doors

The residential security experts at SOS Locksmith understand all the ins and outs of ensuring that your home’s doors are protected. This can only be accomplished by layering a large variety of security aspects on top of one another, in order to block any hypothetical burglars break in methods from as many angles as possible. In this brief blog post, we’ll detail the best ways to burglar proof your doors.

Strong Door Materials

Burglar proof doors should be made of material that can resist brute force attacks. The best material for burglar proof doors are steel, fiberglass, and solid core wood. While fiberglass and steel doors are usually used on exteriors, wood doors can be used for both interior and exterior doors. Make sure that the door is made of a strong material, as if it isn’t, it won’t even matter if you have a high security lock paired with it. It should not be able to get kicked or rammed through as well as being weather resistant. Avoid glass paneled doors or those with hollow wood or stave cores.

Strong Door Frames

The frame is the holder the door is fitted into – and it needs to be similarly constructed out of a strong material. A strong door frame includes a door head, a door stop, and a door jamb. The jamb is the part of the frame where the door is hung, one side of it accommodating the hinges, while the other side is matched to the lock cylinder and strike plate. The door stop is made of thin wood strips attached to the door jamb that prevent the possibility of the door being removed from its hinges, a popular move by burglars.

Door Locks

Door locks should also be able to resist brute force attacks as well as drilling, lock picking, and lock bumping. A deadbolt is the best bet – and make sure it’s a Grade 1 Deadbolt. Long screws should be use to attach the strike plate to the door jamb. The best bet for property managers is to contact an expert residential or commercial locksmith who can help add features like anti drill pins or additional security pins to lock cylinders. Non traditional key ways is another method of prevention, as long as they are also made out of strong materials.

Extra Security Layers

Consider adding security layers like door security screens, theft proof hinges, motion sensors, monitored alarms, and surveillance cameras to work as both active and passive security – as well as deterrents. Each single security layer should be handled and placed with care, so that they can copacetically work together. Put cameras at important vantage points and motion sensor alarms on the door frame itself in order to detect entry or tampering at times the door is not normally in use. Door hinges should be reinforced with longer screws that go directly through the door jamb into the wood stud.


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