There is an old adage that if you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Unfortunately, far too often customers only purchase and install a security door after already having been the victim of a break-in. With robberies becoming an increasingly common and traumatic event, it’s important to take steps to prepare your property and ensure your home isn’t an easy target for thieves. Now is the time to invest in a quality security door for your home to deter burglars and protect your property against break-ins.
A lack of security at a house is one of the first things that burglars check for when choosing a property to target. A quality security door represents a visual deterrent to thieves and a physical obstacle to a forced break-in. According to a 2018-2019 study by Budget Direct, the intruder entered through a door in approximately 40% of burglaries, either through a forced entry or through the door not being properly secured. Burglars look for an easy target, so if your home has a security door, it will be a much less attractive target for potential thieves. Protection for your home starts at the front door, so it’s absolutely crucial that your property has the best protection possible with a high-quality security door.
Don’t think you need a security door? Think again. Your entranceway is your first line of defence against break-ins. Here’s why you need to rethink your front door security and invest in a quality security door:
One in five Australian homes will get broken into
That’s right, horrifyingly just over 20% of Australian households will be burgled at some point. Not only that, but 75% of thieves take less than five minutes to gain access to the property they are robbing. These statistics confirm the notion that most thieves are looking for an easy target, an opportunity to break in, steal easily resaleable valuables and get out again. Thieves typically only carry basic tools to force entry into houses, so a sturdy security door would not be worth their time, or effort, or the risk of the noise an attempt to break in would cause.
Security doors undergo rigorous testing to ensure they are durable enough to withstand a forced entry attempt
All Security Doors and windows for sale in Australia have passed or exceeded the Australian Standards tests to ensure the doors can remain secure against a range of thorough forced entry attempts.
When exploring security door options, it’s vital to ensure that your chosen door meets the Australian Standards requirements and is properly installed by a skilled expert. An incorrectly installed door can be vulnerable to break-ins.
Security doors and windows must pass stringent testing to qualify for Australian Standards security status. The tests that are conducted on products to assess the structural integrity and strength of the security door include:
● The Knife Sheer Test
Simulating an intruder using a knife to slash through the screen.
● The Impact Test
Simulating an intruder using body force against the door.
● The Anti-jemmy Test
Simulate an intruder attempting to lever the screen open with a tool.
● The Pull Test
Simulating an intruder pulling the security screen out.
● The Probe Test
Simulating an intruder forcing a gap in the security screen to enable them to reach their hand through to unlock the door.
● The Sheer Test
Simulating an intruder attempting to use a cutting plier to attack the security screen.
● The Salt Spray Test
Simulating how the product will perform against corrosive elements over a sustained period of time.
Protect your loved ones when they’re home alone
Most of the time before attempting to break into a property, a thief will knock on the front door or ring the doorbell to check if anyone is home. It is therefore important to always try to respond safely rather than ignore the doorbell or knocking. It can be frightening to answer the door when you’re at home alone. A security door will allow you (or your loved ones) to answer the door safely without being afraid.
Security doors can also be fitted with one-way or privacy mesh for additional security. The mesh is available in two thicknesses and limits the visibility of people outside from looking into your home. This allows occupants to answer the door without being clearly seen or allowing the visitor to see into the home.
Security doors can withstand damage inflicted by pets and kids
Pets and kids make short work of traditional flywire. Even the toughest varieties of flyscreen mesh will warp or tear easily if hands or paws are too rough or continually pushed against it. Broken mesh instantly compromises the integrity of the security door and renders it utterly useless against intruders.
Why put up with an ineffective screen door or having to regularly replace your flyscreen? Heavy-duty security mesh comes in two thicknesses and is designed to withstand rough usage or force.
A security door can save you money by lowering your insurance premium
Insurance companies have thoroughly researched which security measures are the most successful in deterring thieves. Following this research, insurance companies will often reduce your home and contents insurance premiums by up to 20% if you upgrade your doors and/or windows with approved security measures and devices.
A security door can add kerb appeal with designs for every home facade
Looking for a security door that matches the design of your home? Security Doors are available in a vast range of styles and colours available to match the facade of your home and premium quality cast aluminium grills are available in a variety of colours and can be fitted with one-way privacy mesh for enhanced security.
Enjoy fresh air through your home without the nuisance of insects
While screen doors will allow fresh air through your home, they are not secure against break-ins. With a security door, you can feel confident enjoying the fresh air on a summer night without worrying about being unsafe in your own home. Save on air-conditioning costs, ventilate your home and enjoy the health benefits of airing out your home without worrying about intruders. A consistent flow of fresh air not only helps to regulate the temperature in your home and prevent mould, it can also help to boost your immune system.
Security doors add value to your home
Like quality heating or cooling, premium security doors represent a much-sought-after attribute at a property and, should you ever choose to sell your property, top-of-the-range fixtures and features will add to the value of your home.
So, what are you waiting for?
The best line of defence against a break-in is to choose to install a door that burglars will hate!