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How To Burglar-Proof Your Doors In Dayton, OH

Did you know that Dayton has one of the highest crime rates in America? That can be frightening to think about, but you’re far from powerless when it comes to protecting yourself and your loved ones! Having cameras, an alarm, or home security system is a great way to keep your home safe, but they’re far from the be-all and end-all of home security.

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Lights and cameras mainly function as a deterrent, and alarm and home security systems rely on the police arriving while the burglar is still present. Want to keep criminals from getting into your house in the first place? Then you need to burglar-proof your doors.

Solid doors protect against break-in’s

One of the most straightforward measures you can take is to make sure the door itself is solid and will put up resistance to being kicked in. You’re looking for a door made of wood, fiberglass or metal. At the very least it should have a wood core. Door with windows should also be avoided, but if you absolutely must have them, use reinforced glass and metal bars or security grille. The same goes for any windows within reach of the door lock. It’s safest to have a door that swings outward but only if you also have security hinges.

Here you have several options: using a setscrew in the hinge, fast-riveted (crimped) pins, or safety studs. Any of these three will keep the hinge pin from being removed and the door itself from being lifted up and off.

Locks and deadbolts

When it comes to locking your door, deadbolt locks are the best option, and this is not a place to skimp. A cheap deadbolt might not go deep enough into the doorframe and thus could be broken with one solid kick. You might even consider a second, one-sided deadbolt for extra security while you’re home.

If you do have a window on or close to your door, a second deadbolt high or low enough on the door to be out of reach from the window might be a good idea, but some places consider them fire hazards, so check if your local regulations allow them. When it comes to locks and deadbolts, only use products that are certified as high security, and ask a professional locksmith to install them correctly for you.

It’s important not to put all your focus on the door itself. As any locksmith in Dayton will tell you, the strongest door in the world will be useless if it’s attached to a weak frame! Install a deeper box strike plate with screws that go at least 3’ in to be truly secure. Of course, none of this will help you if you forget to lock your door! Most burglaries happen when people leave their property unsecured, so make sure it’s a habit to take that first oh-so-crucial step.

Just because there’s a lot of crime in Dayton doesn’t mean you and your family have to be victims. Good home security can make all the difference, and it starts at your front door.

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