The first thing that you should do to better secure doors is make sure that they are completely solid (and not hollow core), and that your lock set and deadbolt take advantage of oversized strike plates that really burrow into your doorjamb.
Remember, these doors are only going to be as safe as the weakest link in the security chain. Spend the money to make sure that they are completely protected.
Overhaul your garage door security
There are two different ways that criminals are going to try to get into your garage through your garage door:
- Using advanced technology to scan for your door opener code and pop it open just like you do when you get home from work or
- Punch the top door panel in and hit the emergency release cord so that they are able to manually lift the door like you do when the power goes out
Most high tech garage door openers use “rolling codes” that make it next to impossible for a thief to pick them up when scanning, and you’ll be able to add Garage Door Armor to your Emergency Release Cord so that they can’t reach in and trigger the mechanism.
Take care of your windows
Windows these days come with incredibly “beefy” security mechanisms (and for good reason), but you’ll still want to think about adding wireless alarm systems to these windows to make sure that the alarm triggers when they are opened.
You’ll also want to make sure that your upper-level windows are wired into the system as well, especially if you opened their or any of your neighbors) has a tendency to leave ladders laying around the house unprotected and easily accessible by criminals.