How To Secure Your Doors
The majority of devices
mentioned in this report cost very little. All of them will help reduce
burglary and make your house or apartment more secure.
Begin with a home
"security" check. Start with the front door and work clockwise
around the entire inside of your home, finishing with the back yard, fence
and shrubs, gates and garage.
Shrubbery should never block
the view of your front door. This allows an intruder the opportunity of
privacy to gain entrance. A wide angle viewer in the door lets you know
your visitor in advance. This item is recommended over a chain lock.
LOCKS, BOLTS AND
is an inexpensive lock set which keeps the burglar from simply slipping
your door open with a plastic credit card. This method of entry is common
in many areas, but very easy to prevent.
1" deadbolt, single cylinder with hardened cylinder guard, and thumb
For extra security, a single
cylinder dead bolt lock, with one inch throw and case-hardened insert, is
recommended for all exterior doors. If you have easily breakable glass
within 40 inches of a deadbolt lock, it should be augmented with a
stronger type of glass or plastic to provide adequate security.
Most police departments do
not recommend deadbolt locks for residential use. You may be adding
additional security at the expense of personal safety with a double
cylinder dead bolt. For example, you could lock yourself in and not be
able to escape in case of fire or other emergency.
THE RIM LOCK:
is a 1" dead bolt lock which is installed on the inside surface of
the door. It is less expensive than other types of locks, but equally
effective for security.
"JIMMY-PROOF" RIM LOCK: is another
lock which is installed on the inside surface of the door. But this lock
has vertical dead bolts, which is an approved locking device.
1/2" in diameter by 12" high installed at the top & bottom
of the inactive door offers minimum security. Many homes with pairs of
doors, use half-barrel slide bolts on the inactive door. These are weak
and totally inadequate.
Installed at the top and bottom of the inactive door or a pair of doors,
flush bolts offer additional security, since the intruder cannot get at
these devices to tamper with them if the doors are locked.
Some exterior doors are improperly installed so that the hinges are
installed from outside. To protect such a door from being lifted from its
hinges by pulling the hinge pin, follow these simple steps: (1) Remove two
screws, opposite each other, from both leaves of the hinge. (2) Insert
screw or concrete nail into jamb leaf, protruding 1/2". (3) Drill out
the opposing screw hole in the door. Do this in the top and bottom hinge
of the door. When closed, the hinge pins may be removed, but the door will
remain firmly in place.