Good home security is a necessity in nearly every neighborhood today. Home invasions and burglaries are a concern to most Columbus homeowners. The front door is where this type of protection should start. There are a number of ways to make this entrance more secure while ensuring the interior of the home (and its inhabitants) are more protected.
Get a Better Door
Install only front doors that are made from solid materials. Hollow core doors, even if insulated, are not as durable and can split easily. A solid door will prevent criminals from being able to break through, and will slow down any other intruders long enough for the people inside to get to help. Avoid doors with large windows that can provide easy access as well as reduced privacy, but do add a peep hole for your own convenience.
Install New Locks
Door locks should always be replaced any time the home has changed hands or someone has moved out. In addition, it is important they also be replaced regularly to ensure they are not becoming too old to provide the safety people require. Cylinder guards are another feature that can be installed to prevent thieves from prying out or breaking cylinder locks. Rather than just relying on a lock on the door knob, also invest in a sturdy deadbolt as well. Deadbolts can be purchased that are accessed from a key on the outside, or inside-only locks that offer additional security when the homeowner is inside.
Strengthen the Frame
First, use only the most durable hardware available to attach the door to the frame. Replace all of the pieces that came originally with the door, as these are often more decorative than they are functional. Hire a contractor to reinforce the entire door frame to ensure it is as secure to the wall as possible. It should be strong enough to withstand a strong kick to the door and not be easy to pry away with a crowbar.
Invest in Security
Make all front entry lighting motion activated, so no one can sneak up to the door at any time of the night or when no one is home. Place security cameras so they are focused on the front entry. Install these where they are not easy to disable, but are easy to see. Criminals may think twice if they know they are on camera. Consider replacing the doorbell with a Wi-Fi model instead. These make it possible for the homeowner to see who is ringing their bell without needing to go to the door. They can even be alerted to a visitor at their door when they are away from home.
Good home security is the responsibility of every Columbus home owner. Most of the products and tips listed here are inexpensive to purchase and quick and easy to complete. It is much better to be proactive about safety than to wait until something has happened and then react. Remember, too, that it is not just the front door that is vulnerable. All entrance ways into a home are areas of concern and should be protected.