7 Tips to Burglar Proof the Doors in Your Home

by Erin Raub | Last Updated Mar. 7th, 2016

I know I’ve been talking a lot about home security lately – burglar deterrents, how to burglarproof your windows, questions to ask your home alarm company – but I come from the camp of “the best defense is a good offense.” Or better safe than sorry. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

You get the drift.

The point is, there are things you can do to secure your home and your family. Do you have to do every, single thing from every, single list? Of course not. But if you do a little of this and a little of that, you’ll be a lot safer than if you did nothing at all.

We’ve covered a lot of the basics, but I want to circle back to doors. Did you know that an estimated 70% of home invaders enter through a door (as opposed to a window), which includes front doors, patio doors and even garage doors? That’s a pretty surprising statistic, considering doors are usually made of solid wood while windows are fragile glass. But it’s also a good statistic, because it gives us a jumping-off point for home security.

How to Burglarproof Your Doors

1. Solid Security
Bottom line: All exterior doors need to be solid and kick-proof. That means you want a solid wood door, or at the very least a door with a solid-wood core. Other options are fiberglass or metal. If you choose a metal door, make sure that it has interior reinforcement and a lock block, to prevent a thief from bending it open with a car jack. Reinforced steel doors are your sturdiest option, but they also require extra maintenance to prevent rust.

Relevant Products: National Hardware Door Security Guard

2. Go Windowless
Door windows allow light to filter into your entranceway and they look inviting, but they’re also a home security risk. If the window is located within arm’s reach of your lock, it is easy to smash the window and unlock your door from the inside. If you are installing a new door, choose one without a window. If you already have a windowed door – or fall absolutely in love with a door that has a window – you’ll need to take a few extra security measures. Choose reinforced glass, and consider adding decorative bars or metal reinforcement. And if it doesn’t break local fire codes, you should also install a secondary door lock at floor level – far away from a burglar’s reach.

Relevant Products: Avonstar 6-Pack Adjustable Window Security Bars

3. See Ya, Shrubbery
Everyone loves a flowery landscaping, but it belongs nowhere near your door (or windows). Never plant shrubs, bushes or trees to obscure your doors; they make it too easy for a burglar to lie in wait and then do the deed without anyone the wiser.

4. Install a Deadbolt
They say a door is only as strong as its lock – and they couldn’t be more right. Even the strongest reinforced steel door can be neutralized by one swift kick if your lock does not extend deep enough into the doorframe. When choosing a deadbolt, go with a brand name and don’t choose the cheapest model. (Note: I’m not saying you need a $150 deadbolt, just don’t choose the $5 model from the local dollar store.)

Relevant Products: Primeline Products Jimmy-Resistant Deadlock

5. Secondary Protection
Speaking of deadbolts, you can even install a secondary, one-sided deadbolt. These deadbolts do not have keyed access to the outside, so they can only be used when you are home (to engage the lock from the inside), but they’re nearly impossible for a burglar to bypass. These locks can save you from a dangerous home invasion while you sleep or spend time with your loved ones.

Relevant Products: Master Lock Single Cylinder Deadbolt

6. Don’t Forget the Frame
Don’t overlook the frame and doorjamb. These two elements are essential to door security – one swift kick to a weak jamb or frame, and your door cracks open like a steamed clam – but are often overlooked. Instead of a thin, flimsy strike plate, install a deeper box strike (a type of steel pocket that houses the bolt part of your deadbolt); to this, affix 3″ screws that burrow deep into the wall studs, instead of just the doorjamb. And speaking of, you’ll want to reinforce your doorjamb with galvanized steel to withstand shoulders, kicks, and other attempts to break your door in.

Relevant Products: Primeline Products Box Strike Plate

7. Sliding Doors
Burglars often think of sliding glass doors as invitations, but there’s plenty you can do to secure these decorative entry points. First, make sure your doors are made from reinforced glass or plastic (like polycarbonate), and not simple, thin glass. Always keep glass doors locked. Place a wooden or metal dowel in the track – the rod should measure no more than 1/4″ less than the track length – to prevent the doors from being opened by force. Make sure your alarm company has installed motion sensors or vibration sensors to sound the alarm in case the glass is broken. And consider installing curtains on the inside, so as not to give burglars a wide-screen view into your home.

Relevant Products: Elegant Comfort 2-Piece Sheer Panel Window Curtains (multiple color options)

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  • 16 comments

     
  • Andrea Davis . 1 year ago

    It’s kind of funny, but after my first car was stolen, I consulted an automotive locksmith to find out if I could use deadbolt locks for my vehicles as I was satisfied with this type of security. No doubt, I was disappointed, but I am still looking for better security for my cars.

     
  • Omer Mustafa . 1 year ago

    Thank you for
    sharing with us..It is very important for Burglar Proof Doors which you
    described..safety is important for everyone..!!!

     
  • Jashan Sumra . 1 year ago

    Doors and windows must have hard lock for safety, good information about safety

     
  • Jack Smith . 1 year ago

    Now a days , you heard a lot about robberies in the news and after that the first thing you ought to is to secure your home from such robberies.install the better safety locks to your home so that in your absence no one will be able to get in your home and rob.So Hire a Locksmith and install better security locks for the security in your home.

     
  • MarshallKohl . 1 year ago

    Great tips, thanks a lot.I am currently looking for new entry doors and I’m seeking for information like this. I haven’t chosen the model yet, think I will purchase good doors at doorsandbeyond.com/ or eBay.

     
  • Brisbane Fire Doors . 1 year ago

    This type of door are very famouse when it comes with home security plus this door is also fire rated I think. Thanks for sharing this 7 tips measuring the security of this door. Cheers!

     
  • Gil Douglas . 11 months ago

    French doors are also extremely easy to break in through. The door without a knob has latches top and bottom that are easily unlatched with a screwdriver through the trim between the doors. The doors then swing right open despite being locked with a deadbolt. Put screws the latch finger pockets into the meat of the door to prevent.

     
  • Sandra J Dale . 11 months ago

    Useful blog about burglar proofing the doors. I have recently installed sliding front doors from Clera professional door installers for my front door and for the garden door. So your tips for sliding doors is very useful for me. Thanks for the blog!

     
  • Rick Jenkins . 8 months ago

    Installing a deadbolt is always a good idea when it comes to protecting your property, especially when someone tries to kick down your door. Good post thanks for sharing this!

     
  • anonymous . 7 months ago

    Thanks for the article. Very informative. Just thought I would add if you don’t have children in the home that you need to listen for at night….it is a good idea to install a good solid kickproof door to your bedroom with a strong deadbolt. That way should someone gain access to the inside of your home you won’t be caught off guard and wake to someone standing over you as you sleep…by then it’s obviously to late. As long as you have a strong door/deadbolt lock on your bedroom it’s another deterrent for someone to have to go through to get inside to you. This will allow you enough time to hear them trying to get through, and be able to call 911 and get your handgun out, loaded and ready to fire in the event they are able to get the door down before the police arrive. I am a very firm believer guns can and do save lives. I always have my handgun in my night stand with a loaded clip next to it… as my husband works nights and my children and I are alone in our home. I’m not able to shut and lock my door so I can hear my kids should they need me. However my dog will alert me to anyone trying to get in and by then my gun would be loaded and ready. As long as you know how to safely handle your gun and know how to load/ use it…it may save your life and your children’s lives someday should anyone ever break in with intent to harm you. During day it should be locked away safely where children could never access. As long as you take proper precautions it is a necessity to have in your home to protect your life and lives of your family.

     
  • Richard Martin . 2 months ago

    Nice Post.. Excellent Info.. Really amazing.. This was a fantastic article… really superb….

     
  • Martin Williams . 2 months ago

    There must be enough distance between door and windows. Window should not be within arms reach. or else chances of burglary increases

     
 
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