You might not realize it, but the average home door with a traditional lock, dead bolt and chain mechanism only takes a few seconds and a couple of swift kicks before giving way and allowing an intruder to gain entry. According to FBI Burglary statistics, 65 percent of home break-in incidents occur through forcible entry via front, rear and garage door entries. While this statistic is startling, the good news is that your home’s security can be boosted with just a few door reinforcements, upgrades, and quality door hardware installations.
If you’re not comfortable installing door reinforcements, one of our experienced locksmiths at Great Valley Lockshop can provide you with an array of solutions and provide professional installation services to reinforce your home’s exterior doors.
Your technician will make recommendations based upon the type of doors and locks you currently have in place. However, our residential locksmiths most commonly recommend a combination of security strike plates, latch protectors and security hinge pins to resist forced entries by intruders.
Door Security Strike Plates
Installing strike plates onto doorways that lead to exterior areas can help provide an extra bit of comfort and security to your home. These implements are typically added to an in-swinging door’s wooden jamb. The purpose of top-quality strike plates is to help prevent unwanted visitors from gaining access with forcible entry.
Strike plates range in lengths from four inches up to 18-inches or even longer. We often recommend installing over-sized strikes plates, because the increased length and extra mounting screws securing the plate make them harder to penetrate. While they are not foolproof, they certainly can slow criminals down, causing them to move on to an easier target with less door security measures in place.
Latch Protection for Residential Doors
We can help prevent your dead bolts and latches from being pried open or picked with security latch protector plates. Options are available for in-swinging and out-swinging doors crafted from hollow metal, wood and aluminum doors. Lock cylinder protectors, reinforcement plates and door security latch guard plates completely cover latches and bolts, and they are an ideal and affordable way to deter home intrusions.
Protecting Exterior Hinge Pins
With the exception of sliding glass models, most doors are attached to the door frame on a pin and hinge setup. Most modern doors are in-swinging with the hinge pins attached to the interior of the door frame. However, some older homes have outward swinging exterior doors that typically leave the hinge pins exposed.
Hinge pins are designed for easy removal, and they can generally be removed with a basic flathead screwdriver or hammered out quickly with a snub-nosed rod and a hammer. This means that an intruder could completely remove your door from the hinges and be inside within a minute or two. There are three options concerning securing door hinges for outward swinging access points.
1. Setscrew Locks:
Setscrews lock hinge pins to one side of your door hinges. When the door is closed, the setscrew is not visible which prevents the ability to remove hinge pins from the outside.
2. Stud Hinges:
This hardware is designed to fit into holes on the hinge plate’s opposite sides. These studs allow hinge pins to be removed when necessary, however, when the door is closed, they prevent the door from being able to be removed from the frame to keep intruders at bay.
3. Non-Removable Hinge Pins:
Through a manufactured process that flattens the bottom and top of the hinge pins, they become non-removable. We typically only recommend this in certain cases as a last resort option, as removing these often requires and experienced professional’s assistance.
Great Valley Lockshop is Your One-Stop Source for Door Reinforcement Installations
Whether you have an emergency situation such as a lockout or have had an intruder damage your door security measures, Great Valley Lockshop is on call 24/7 and at your service. Let us help you prevent unwanted home invasions and burglaries with our professional door reinforcement services that will allow you to sleep more soundly at night.
We happily offer free service estimates and courteous service within the communities of Malvern, Downington, West Chester and King of Prussia. Contact Great Valley Lockshop today at 610-644-5334 for more information about our extensive locksmith services in Pennsylvania.