I've got 3 Cheap & Easy DIY Door Security Tips you can do in an afternoon. With 3 small DIY Exterior Door Updates you can make your home safer. And, 1 of them will stop those toddlers and little kids from opening the door to strangers. Yay! #AbbottsAtHome #DIYProject #HomeSafety #Childproof #HomeSecurity #Homemaintenance

3 Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors

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Today, I’ve got 3 Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors, you can do in an afternoon.

Hi guys! Who wants a safer home??? I know I do. Today I’ve got 3 Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors that’ll make your home safer, in just an afternoon. And you only need a screwdriver and a drill to do these. Yay!

I wanted to share these tips with you after I took a quick break from finishing up my Master Bathroom Remodel to finally add a Swing Bar Lock to our front door. So glad I got that easy project off my to-do list. Now I can quit worrying that my 3-year will open the door for someone when I’m not around. Yikes!

But that swing arm lock also adds an extra level of protection against a break in. In fact, all 3 of these Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors will help protect you from someone busting down your exterior doors. Yay to that. 🙂

Here's how you can improve your home security in just an afternoon with 3 Cheap and Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors. No fancy tools required!
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3 Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors

DIY Exterior Door Security Tip One – Use 3″ Long Screws on Strike Plates

First, one of the first things I did after moving into this home was to go around to each exterior door (front, back, and garage entry) and replace the old 3/4″ or 1″ long strike plate screws with 3″ long screws. 3″ long screws make it much, much harder to force down a door.

Have you ever seen a crime drama where a person easily shoulders or kicks down a door and the wood trim around the door just splits about an 1″ deep along the door? Welp, that’s because the short screws just aren’t deep enough to prevent that soft pine (typically) frame from cracking.

Using 3″ long screws on the wall and door strike plates will add the extra strength that can stop most door break downs.

I've got 3 Cheap & Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors you can do in an afternoon. With 3 small DIY Exterior Door Updates you can make your home safer. And, 1 of them will stop those toddlers and little kids from opening the door to strangers. Yay! #AbbottsAtHome #DIYProject #HomeSafety #Childproof #HomeSecurity #Homemaintenance
The arrows mark where you should use 3″ long screws.

DIY Door Security Tip Two – Use the Right Deadbolt

The latest deadbolt safety standards recommend that a Grade 1 or Grade 2 Deadbolt that sticks out at least 1″ must be used on all exterior doors. If your deadbolt is loose or doesn’t meet the latest standards, most people can replace these themselves.

Sometimes, you may have to drill a new hole. Which can make the job more complicated. But, usually, in newer homes, you can just use the old holes. The Family Handyman has a great Install Guide for Deadbolt’s if you need help.

I've got 3 Cheap and Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors you can do in an afternoon. With 3 small DIY Exterior Door Updates you can make your home safer.
Your deadbolt should stick out 1″ from the door to provide extra security.
I've got 3 Cheap & Easy DIY Door Security Tips you can do in an afternoon. With 3 small DIY Exterior Door Updates you can make your home safer. And, 1 of them will stop those toddlers and little kids from opening the door to strangers. Yay! #AbbottsAtHome #DIYProject #HomeSafety #Childproof #HomeSecurity #Homemaintenance

DIY Front Door Security Tip Three – Add A Swing Bar Lock

Install a Swing Bar Lock on the front door, and maybe other doors, if needed. This Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors has 2 huge benefits for me. It keeps people out, but also keeps my little people in.

I’m all about caution. These locks are also great for stopping those toddlers and little kids from opening the door for strangers or just going outside without you. I can imagine this would be great for back doors that lead to pools without fences.

You don’t want those little ones near the pool while you’re in the shower. Just make sure to install them high enough to be out of their reach. And, use those 3″ long screws on the wall side of this lock too.

Additional Home Security Tips I Learned From a Police Officer

Those Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors help to keep your home safer, but I’ve learned a few more things about home security from a local police officer.

First, the average residential burglar is often a male teenager that lives near you. They are opportunist looking for an easy target. Strangely, my parents have had 2 experiences with different sets of teenage boys trying to break into 2 different homes. Teens are a bit crazy, right? And, peer pressure in groups can make you do things as a teen, you wouldn’t normally do.

So, make sure your kids aren’t using a garage door security code or hidden key to access your home. If they do, all of their friends know exactly how to enter your home. AND, talk to your teens about things like this and about how dangerous this is. I hate to think about a 15-year old acting impulsively breaking into a home and being shot by a scared homeowner.

Next, if the risk of detection is high, the average burglar will not attempt to enter your home. Keep trees and shrubs around your home trimmed, so that they don’t make good hiding places for break-ins. Tall fences that hide the backyard add privacy for you, but also make it easier for burglars to break-in without being seen.

Also, loud or large dogs can scare off burglars or at least draw attention they don’t want. And, light up your house to deter criminals. Street Lights, motion-detecting lights, and porch lights are all recommended for deterring crime.Don’t leave tools in your yard that could be used to help a burglar break-in.

Another tip, don’t leave tools or ladders in the yard that a burglar might use to break-in to your home. You don’t want to help make their job easier. Most burglaries happen during the day, when people are at work. So, do what you can to make it look like your home.

Leave a car in the driveway, instead of the garage. And, if you are home, don’t just ignore the front door. I used to always do this. But, now I realize that may make someone think the home is empty and a good target. So,now I look out the sidelight of my door to see who it is. Then I can always say ‘no thanks’ through the window, if I don’t feel comfortable opening the door.

I've got 3 Cheap & Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors you can do in an afternoon. With 3 small DIY Exterior Door Updates you can make your home safer. And, 1 of them will stop those toddlers and little kids from opening the door to strangers. Yay! #AbbottsAtHome #DIYProject #HomeSafety #Childproof #HomeSecurity #Homemaintenance
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13 thoughts on “3 Easy Home Security Updates for your Doors”

  1. OMG I never thought about longer screws in the door hardware but it makes so much sense and I’ll be discussing this with my husband to do just that. I also like the idea of the swing bar which lets you open the door a little ways when you’re not sure who’s there. Much better than a chain and better than peeking through a window.

  2. Your tips are really good to keep your 3 year old from letting anyone in or going out. Especially if there is a pool. Three inch screws are something you can do if you live in a rental, that a landlord wouldn’t ever no about. And it won’t affect your security deposit.

    Most burglaries are crimes of opportunities. Meaning they canvas an area first and watch for people to go to work leaving their homes empty. A burglar would simply break the glass in your door and let themselves in. Rarely will a burglar want to be seen if the front door is in the open. They’ll go around to an alley, through a gate, or over a wall to gain entrance through a window.

    If home invasion is more of concern then a steel front door, with a simple peep hole, without a window, a steel jamb, and a dead bolt. Will keep most robbers looking for some place else. Cameras around the parameter of the house and an alarm are all great additions. Criminals look for the least secure target.

  3. These are some easy tips to check and maintain door safety. My husband and I have recently been discussing updating our doors and ways to make our home a little more secure.

  4. All good tips! In these days and times we can’t be too careful! Pinned ♥ I’d like to invite you to bring this post and more over to my new UNLIMITED Monthly Link Party!

  5. Stephanie, this couldn’t be more timely! My daughter recently purchased her first home and they are moving in next week. I’m definitely sharing your post with her. Thank you 🙂

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