This article is being written to help you look at the entry points into your home and how to protect them. When we say entry points, this means any opening that someone can gain entry into your home without your permission or knowledge.Checkout entry point security for more info
I would hope that most people would protect their front and back doors. But what about your garage door, your French door, or your windows. So I will discuss this one by one, again this is to get you to think about your own individual protection.
All doors to the outside should be solid core, meaning made out of solid wood or fiberglass. This also includes the door leading from your garage into your house and the solid part of any French doors. All of these doors should have both entry locks and deadbolt locks. The locks should be a grade 2 type lock.
The garage door should be solid and if it has an opener it should be the new style that rotates the codes and are matched to your remote control. When the garage door in down the opener holds the door down in the locked position. We you go on vacation you should disconnect the opener and manually latch your garage door.
Sliding glass doors have come a long way as far as security is concerned. Make sure that any of these door have some type of locking pin or bar. A locking pin is better because it prevents the door from being lifted.
All of your windows should have good window locks and should securely latch when locked. If you have to replace any of your windows, that would be the time to upgrade your security and also purchase windows that increase the “R” value of your home.
If you have any glass doors like French doors, or glass on either side of your front door, you should have glass breakage sensors that are hooked up to your alarm system. I am not a fan of double keyed deadbolt locks. If there is a fire you might not be able to find the key in time. Your alarm system should protect all entry points into your home. Make sure to use it at night and make sure that you have it monitored 24 hours per day.