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The first protection

Most people lock there doors and feel safe. However in most homes
they are no more safe then a swift kick. A door that can be borken in to
by one kick of a adult male.
Fortify your front and back doors
One of a burglar’s main goals when
he breaks into a house is getting in
and out of the residence as quickly as
possible in order to minimize the
chances of detection. A front or back
door will almost always be his first
choice, and if he discovers that those
entry points are secure, he’s more
likely to select another house than he
is to try to break in through a
window.
If you can secure the front and back
entrances to your home, you will have
greatly reduced the odds of being
burglarized. There are other good
ideas on safeguarding your home from
thieves, some of which we’ve
discussed in previous blogs including
installing an alarm system and having a
dog that barks when she hears noises
outside the home. But for today I
want to focus on doors.
Obtaining the right kind of door is
your first step. Keeping those doors
locked when you are home or away
may seem like a no-brainer, but we all
forget to do it sometimes. Other ways
to make your doors as burglar-proof
as possible are securing your sliding
doors, reinforcing your entryways and
installing peep holes. Check out this
great piece on how to make your
doors burglar-proof
•Get the right doors. Hollow doors are
easy to kick in, but solid wood,
fiberglass and metal doors are not.
Doors should not have windows on or
next to them. Sliding glass doors should
be covered on the outside by a security
grate or grille, or secured on the inside
by an unbreakable polycarbonate panel.
•Lock your doors. Install high-quality
(Grade 1 or 2) deadbolt locks in
addition to the doorknob lock. Bolts
should be at least one inch long. A
deadlock will serve as an additional lock
for when you’re home. For your sliding
door, place a thick, wooden dowel in the
bottom track to keep it from being
opened.
•Reinforce your entryway. This involves
installing cylinder guards around the lock
cylinders, replacing flimsy strike plates,
securing exposed hinges and fortifying
your door frame.
•Install viewers (also known as peep
holes). Make sure you acquire the kind
that provides a wide-angle view and then
place it at eye level on all exterior doors.
•Add a storm door. A storm door that
locks will give you an extra level of
protection, not to mention keeping hot
air out in the summer and cold air out in
the winter.