How Do I Secure My Front Door from Burglars? In Melbourne Australia 2021
How Do I Secure My Front Door from Burglars?
In over 30% of burglaries, the perpetrator gains access to a property through the front door, either by force or through it being left unlocked or not properly secured in some way. Your front door is your first line of defense against thieves, therefore it’s important to choose a door that thieves hate! Security doors are an effective way to deter burglars as well as improve your home protection.
Is your home an easy target for thieves? The number one reason that thieves choose a property is easy accessibility. Burglars are generally opportunistic and usually, look for properties that they can break into easily and that they are confident are uninhabited. A recent study found that 75% of burglars take less than five minutes to break into a property and that most burglars would be unwilling to spend more than 15 minutes attempting to break into a property. So, if you want to deter thieves from targeting your home it is important to consider whether your entranceway has any obvious vulnerabilities, as well as to consider if there are any easy changes that you can make to improve your home security.
Lock your doors and windows!
You might be rolling your eyes reading this, but it’s an easy mistake to make. Never get cavalier about home security, always ensure your doors and windows are properly locked to prevent an opportunistic thief from targeting your property for an easy robbery. It’s easy to forget about rear windows and doors and garage access, but thieves know to check these areas for weakness, so it’s important to check your home is properly secured. Another tip is to discuss home security with your household to ensure everyone knows how to lock up and what to do in the event of an emergency. You might have the most up-to-the-moment doors and locks, but if you don’t use them properly, they won’t be effective!
Is your garden unkempt or poorly lit? Tidy up and light it up!
Does your front yard look like you’re not home? Are there overgrown bushes providing ample opportunities for prowlers to approach your house undercover without being exposed? Avoid having your property look like an easy target for a thief by keeping your front yard neat and any plants maintained. If a burglar can access your front entranceway without being clearly visible from the street, this will make your home more likely to be targeted.
Installing lighting around your front entranceway is another great, cheap and easy way to make your home less attractive to burglars as it will make it far more difficult for your home to be broken into without the perpetrator being seen.
Do you have a security door? If so, has it passed Australian Standards regulations?
Installing a quality security door and having it professionally installed is a really effective way to deter thieves from targeting your home. Security doors act as a visual deterrent to thieves, as well as being physically strong enough to withstand a break-in attempt and providing you with a secure way to answer your front door without fully opening your home to a stranger. This is an important safety feature because prior to committing a burglary the perpetrator will often ring the doorbell or knock on the door of a targeted home to check no one is home.
When buying a security door.Australian Standard
When buying a security door, it’s important to choose one that has passed or exceeded Australian Standards testing. These tests rigorously check the strength and durability of a security door to ensure that it can withstand a forced break-in attempt. Security Doors has Melbourne’s best range of security doors to suit all design aesthetics and protection requirements.
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