Effective Door and Window Security for Your Home

For many families, home security is still a top priority. This is especially true today because burglaries and other crimes tend to rise when the economy is struggling. As a result, I thought it would be a good idea to review how to improve home security by strengthening doors and windows ΚΛΕΙΔΑΡΙΕΣ ΑΣΦΑΛΕΙΑΣ ΠΑΛΑΙΟ ΦΑΛΗΡΟ.

Let’s start by talking about ways to make doors more impenetrable since it has been reported that illegal entry into homes occurs more frequently through the front door than through all other points of entry combined. All exterior doors should be constructed of solid, hard wood or reinforced steel. However, even these doors are not very secure if the door frame is made of shoddy materials, such as cheap pine for the door jams. I advise using heavy-duty strike plates, a door reinforcer kit, and installing 3-inch nickel-plated or stainless steel screws in all exterior door jambs for maximum security (making sure that the screws penetrate at least 2 inches into the underlying framing lumber).

Burglars frequently target sliding glass doors. The easiest and least expensive way to secure these doors is to simply insert an interior broom handle at a 45 degree angle into the door track. The door’s upper track can be easily secured by adding several screws, leaving just enough space for the door to slide freely but preventing it from being removed.

Unless you have an electronic door opener, which is typically fairly affordable these days and makes it very difficult to force open the door from the outside, without breaking through the door panels, your garage door could also be a target for thieves. However, if you don’t change the settings, the more experienced burglars will know this and will be able to take advantage of this knowledge, so be sure to change the security code (for the electronic door) from the pre-installed settings (which are typically set to all zeros)!

Let’s move on to windows now. According to what I’ve heard, burglars often break windows accidentally or as a last resort. They prefer to make an access hole in the window frame and unlock the window lock with a stiff wire. I believe that glass block windows are the safest options because they are virtually impossible to break through. Of course, they cannot be opened, and some individuals believe they are unsightly. Therefore, I advise using them primarily in basements or other low-lying, out-of-the-way locations.

The majority of double-hung windows have low-cost locks. Installing eyebolts in both corners of the window is a traditional, affordable fix for this type of window. If done correctly, the eyebolts make it nearly impossible to open the window from the outside. If you can live with the inconvenience, installing keyed locks or heavy-duty sash locks is a more sophisticated solution. Screwing the window shut presents a safety risk in the event of a fire, so I do not advise doing this!

These strategies can all be very successful. Installation of surveillance equipment in strategic locations can also be beneficial. This offers insurance in the event that the security measures previously mentioned are insufficient to stop a break-in. If this were to occur, the evidence recorded by the surveillance system could be crucial for the quick recovery of all stolen goods and the capture of the bandit(s)!