As your home’s main entrance and exit, your front door needs to be as secure as possible in order to help protect your loved ones, pets and possessions against intruders. Burglars look for weak access points into properties; a front door that’s in a poor state of repair or lacks a sufficient number of security measures acts as an open invitation to any criminals keen to attempt to break-in.
With that in mind, assessing the security of your front door and checking thoroughly for vulnerabilities is always worthwhile undertaking. Fortunately, there are several straightforward, effective steps you can take to boost the level of protection that your front door offers your home. Here are 5 ways you can improve the security of your front door.
1. Replace ordinary glass panels with laminated ones
If your front door includes any glazed panels made of ordinary glass, make sure you replace them with laminated ones. Laminated glass is designed to be far stronger and more robust than ordinary glass, which is an easy target for burglars.
However, front doors without glass panels will always provide greater security than those with glazed areas. If you have a completely opaque front door and want to be able to see who’s at the door before you open it, install a door viewer (also called a spy hole).
2. Don’t overlook your letterbox
Burglars may try to force either their hands or long rods through letterboxes, with the aim of unlocking front doors from the inside or reaching keys and valuables left nearby. Ensure your letterbox is not positioned close to the door handle, and consider fitting a letterbox basket. Also, check that your keys aren’t visible when peeping through the letterbox, or even worse in the keyhole itself.
3. Catch suspicious activity on surveillance cameras
By setting-up a surveillance camera close to your front door, you’ll be able to check for suspicious activity and obtain video evidence of any criminal behaviour, making convictions more likely. Ensure the camera is in a prominent position to send a clear signal to would-be burglars that you’re protected and they’re being watched.
If you’re reluctant to invest in a CCTV system, why not fit a dummy camera by your front door instead? It’s an excellent alternative and a visible deterrent to thieves.
4. Upgrade to an heavy duty steel security door
At Latham’s we’re passionate about our high quality steel security doorsets – and with good reason. Steel outperforms both wood and UPVC: it’s more durable, more robust and, most importantly, more secure. When you’re aiming to increase your home’s security, swapping your old front door for a steel front door is ideal. As you can tell from our door attack demonstration videos, our steel security doors remain impenetrable even when attacked with a sledgehammer, disc grinder, crowbar, etc.
Our steel security personnel doors (panelled) have been designed with houses and other domestic properties in mind. Not only are they attractive, they also act as a barrier and deterrent to thieves.
Our panelled steel security personnel doors have numerous security features. Highlights include:
- Exceptional 14-point locking mechanism, plus four dog bolts and a latch
- Unique ABC key system, with the ability to render the fitter’s keys useless, reducing the chance of intruders entering your home with copied keys
- Lever handles with a separate single lock, which provides rapid security in the event that you don’t have your keys to hand
Moreover, the doors are available in standard duty and heavy duty versions; the latter being constructed from even thicker steel – perfect for high risk locations.
5. Boost protection with helpful add-ons
You can further boost your home’s level of protection with steel door accessories, designed to give you extra peace of mind. For instance, a security drop bar kit will make your front door even stronger, while a security trim kit and high security euro lock escutcheons will protect fixings and cylinders from attack. Moreover, we stock incredibly tough Hooply door handles, which combine practicality with elegance.
UK’s leading supplier of steel security doors
At Latham’s we’re proud to be the UK’s leading supplier of ready-made steel security doors for homes and other buildings.
For more details about how our steel security doors can make your property safer, please contact our expert team on +44 (0)1384 220 050 or [email protected]