Front Door Security Measures
67% of break-ins take place through the front door. Standard door locks (Yale variety) on its own is actually not really enough. The door should also be fitted with other locks at points along the door. These types of locks should become something similar to a five lever mortise deadlock, though insurance firms will probably accept a rim automatic deadlock.
However quality locks are generally only as strong as the doors and frames to which in turn they are joined.
Modern day Composite Doors along with multi-point locking will certainly keep out the majority of thieves. If you possess an older door then ensure that the frame is good and the door suitable for external use; for instance, a timber hollow core door would probably not be suitable. It should be of substantial construction, at the very least 44 mm thick in order to support the mortise locking mechanism as well as hung on 3 strong 100 mm (4″) hinges. The rim latch and the mortise should be fitted 45 to 60 cm (18-24″) apart.
Advice on front door security while the house is occupied will vary, based on whom you speak to. Fire Safety Officers will recommend that, with regard to basic safety factors, the mortise deadbolt really should not be engaged while the house is occupied, because locating and engaging the key can easily trigger unwanted delay in escaping from the scene of a fire.
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