There's been a small wave of burglaries and petty theft around our neighborhood the last few months, several happening right through the front door of local homes. Securing a front door with a high rated lock is the first defense against burglary, but there are several other ways home owners and renters alike can beef up their front entry...
Replacing the door lock with an ANSI Grade 1 (the highest) or Grade 2 deadbolt is just the start of a secure front door, because the reality is most burglars don't even bother picking the lock. Besides entering through an open window or door left unlocked, a great many burglars simply kick in the front door. Here's how to fortify the front entry:
box strike model with longer screws and a full metal enclosure for the latch to lock into will improve the door's ability to withstand a few full force kicks (photo: on the right, a box strike plate on top vs. the more common decorative flat strike plate).
$59 Door Devil or $79 StrikeMaster II add a layer of steel to prevent door frames from splitting, making the act of kicking in a door that much more difficult.
a list of many of the most common soft and hardwood varieties). Steel doors are also a surprisingly affordable and more secure option, and also resist rot due to environmental surroundings (fiberglass offers better rust/rot protection, but can crack under impact, and is more expensive than steel). Look for hurricane-rated models for the best protection.
setscrew in the hinge, fast-riveted (crimped) pins, and safety studs. All three prevent the hinge pin from being removed and the door from being lifted up and off.
Adding a motion detecting LED light over a doorway is an affordable addition to a doorway (just remember to install it securely; someone actually stole my light!), while more hi-tech options can connect the front door to wi-fi/wireless network enabled devices for remote monitoring. One of the latest connected home security products is the iDoorCam WiFi Doorbell; when a visitor rings the doorbell, the unit sends an alert and the ability to see, hear, and speak with whomever is at the door from iOS and Android devices.
And they make be fake, but dummy blinking security cameras can be an effective deterrent against snooping eyes scoping out a possible target. Something about blinking red lights just makes people nervous all around!