If a burglar does decide to try to break into your home, they usually want to do it quickly, before they’re spotted. If it takes too long for them to successfully enter your home, they might leave. That’s why it’s important to have strong locks on all the exterior doors in your home that won’t give way easily.
Deadbolts are a must, but if they sink into a wooden door frame, they’re still far too weak to prevent the door from being forced open. Make sure there’s a metal strike plate around the deadbolt when it’s engaged. You’ll know you’ve purchased one of the strongest door locks on the market if it’s classified as “Grade 1.”
Be sure to avoid hiding spare keys in obvious places, such as in a planter, under the rug or on top of the door frame. Consider a keypad lock or smart door lock to help you gain access to your home in a pinch without any spare key required.