Crime is on the increase with the return to relative normal. While we may have been concerned about COVID we've been able to feel safer, with burglars also being on 'lockdown'. Now, according to the UK Crime Stats Website, burglary is increasing again. While Cardiff is a safe place to live, it remains for the homeowner to be vigilant. Ensuring that your doors and windows do not offer the opportunistic burglar an easy way in is the first thing to check.
Secure doors are important when it comes to protecting your home. After all, it’s the first way an intruder will try to enter your home. Find out how secure your doors are here. If your doors have the following features then you’re actively reducing your risk of burglary:
1. A Deadbolt Lock
This is a must-have for any front door. However, don’t buy the cheapest one you can get hold of. It’s worth spending more money on a high-quality lock, with a throw bolt that’s at least an inch long. Deadbolt locks of a lower quality tend to have throw bolts that are less than an inch. So, if your door has one of these locks already, check to see if the measurement of the throw bolt is correct; it will need to be replaced if it’s not.
2. Secured Door Hinges
The hinges of your door can offer intruders an easy way in to your home if they are not secured properly. Ensure that there’s a setscrew in the hinge, as well as fast-riveted pins and safety studs in place, to stop the hinge pin from being removed and the door from being lifted up and off. So, make sure all door hinges are sturdy and secure, including the ones on your shed!
3. A Door Chain or Limiter
Both of these options provide you with added protection. How? Well, firstly, they’re able to prevent intruders from being able to easily gain access into your home. These door-controlling mechanisms give you the opportunity to open the door ever so slightly before anyone, such as a stranger, at the door can force their way into your home.
4. A Spy Hole
This enables you to see who is at the door without having to open the door at all. A spy hole is a security accessory that once you have installed you’ll wonder how you lived without one! With a spy hole, you have the privilege of seeing who is at the door but they can’t see you. The beauty of this essential security measure is that you can make a more informed decision about answering the door by being able to visually identify the person.
5. Laminated Glass Panels
If your front door features a glass design, make sure it’s made of laminated glass. Laminated glass is much more difficult to break so it’ll give burglars a tougher time trying to break in. The last thing burglars want is to get caught so if they attempt a break-in and it’s too hard, they won’t stick around.
Be sure to replace glass panels with laminated glass or, alternatively, purchase a special film to stick on over the glass.
If you’re worried your front door isn’t secure enough and it is insecure by nature of it being an old door anyway, it may be worth replacing it altogether. Be sure to take a look at our range of doors that not only provide the highest standard of security, they offer an attractive looking front entrance. Give us a call on 02920 650 854 or pop in and see us. We’ll happily help you to explore the options without obligation.