Improving your front door security

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Improving your front door security at home

When it comes to protecting your home from criminals, your front door security is one of the first things you should improve.

In the UK, doors are the entry point in 67% of all domestic burglaries. Shockingly, in 21% of those incidents, intruders gain entry through an unlocked door. Talk about making it easy!

So, even simply locking up can go a long way to improving your front door security at home.

However, there are other steps you can take to add an extra layer of protection.

Firstly, you should check how good your lock is, and whether it conforms to British Standards. Most UK insurers stipulate that external doors should have locks which conform to BS3621, so you should look out for the kitemark. This will show that your locks have been put through a series of tests to ensure they are robust and resistant to attack.

If your front door lock does not conform to BS3621, it’s time to get a new one.

Snapping the cylinder of a lock is one of the easiest ways a burglar can gain access to your home, so installing anti-snap locks may also help.

The next thing to consider is how strong your door is.

Is it showing any signs of damage or general wear and tear?

If someone tried to force it, would it withstand attack?

Does it contain panels that can be easily removed by a potential intruder?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, it might be time to consider an upgrade.

Finally, installing some interior security devices may also help keep your front door secure.

A chain or door jammer can help bolster your door security from the inside. Additional deadbolts can also add an extra layer of protection.

And if you have a home alarm system, installing contact sensors on your front door will help trigger an alarm if anyone tries to break in.

Improving your front door security at work

In terms of business security, an external door is the point of entry in an estimated 73% of burglaries. So, when it comes to improving your front door security at your business premises, all the measures listed above still apply.

It’s essential that your locks meet the relevant standards, your doors are solid and robust, and they are linked to your business alarm system if possible.

Steel security doors are worth considering. They provide a fantastic visual deterrent to criminals and offer excellent protection from break-ins and burglaries. 

With an extensive choice of finishes, steel security doors can be used in a wide variety of settings from industrial premises to retail outlets, workshops, showrooms or offices.

In addition, there are some other steps you can take to improve your front door security at work.

Steel roller shutters?can be installed over existing windows and doors to provide an added layer of security.

They are resistant to rust and, if maintained properly, provide many years of fault-free operation. They can also be powder coated in a wide range of colours to blend with your premises, for a more visually appealing appearance.

Some general, basic maintenance measures to your doors will also go a long way to improving your door security. Painting your exterior doors can prevent rust, weather damage and uneven closure, all of which can have an impact on how effective your doors are.

Keeping the locks and hinges oiled regularly will help reduce wear to the mechanisms, to keep them functioning correctly.

And keeping your doors as dry as possible will also go some way to preventing moisture from getting into the locking mechanisms and causing internal damage.

Grays Locksmiths can help improve your front door security.

Grays Locksmiths Derby is a member of the MLA and has been providing professional and trusted locksmith services to local people for more than 30 years.

We aim to make all our customers feel safe and secure in their homes and businesses and protect what’s precious to them.

We are compliant with BS3621 standards, up to date with current insurance legislation and strive to stay ahead of the curve with all the latest security trends and technologies to ensure you are always getting the best advice and solutions on the market.

To find out more about our products and services, give us a call on 01332 404255, email or fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch.