residential-locksmithYour front door is the main entry to your home and should be secure. To reduce the chances of a home burglary and to increase your peace of mind, consider installing these safety measures for entry doors.

Go for a solid-core door

The most secure doors feature a solid core, so they’re more difficult to kick in or break. If you’re unsure which type you have, knock on your door. Solid doors sound “dead,” while hollow doors echo. To improve door security, replace any hollow entry door with one made of metal, fiberglass, solid wood or a solid wood core.

Install a good deadbolt lock

If your exterior door doesn’t have a deadbolt lock, get one. Make sure your door’s deadbolt fully extends into the door-jamb opening, which should be reinforced with a metal strike plate. Make sure the bolt doesn’t feature any exposed exterior screws. Consider installing a dead-lock or “exit-only deadbolt.” These locks don’t have an exterior keyhole and can only be locked or unlocked from inside your home.

Reinforce existing door locks

It’s important to reinforce any existing key locks on your door. Cylinder guards around the locks prevent criminals from prying or wrenching locks loose, and solid strike plates (the metal plates that surround where a deadbolt enters a door frame) make it more difficult for a burglar to kick in your door.

At Desert Locksmiths we can help you feel safer and more secure in your home. We can install deadbolts, re-key existing locks or reinforce existing locks on you door. Call us our visit our locksmith storefront for a free home security consultation today.