Here’s a quick fix that will help you make your home a little more secure. It’s cheap and easy to do by anyone. Any place of entry into your home is always a weak spot and reinforcing entryways into your home will help deter a break-in or at least cause the burglar or thief to spend more time than they may want to trying to get into your home.
DIY Repair Tip - #2 - Home Security Improvement Tip
Check the strike plates for your doors. If they have the short 3/4 inch screws which are normally included in locksets, replace the shorter screws with 3 inch wood screws. This will allow the strike plates to be secured to both the trimmer stud and wall stud. Since studs are generally 1 1/2 inches wide you will have secured the strike plates firmly to both studs. This makes it a lot harder for someone to kick in or pry open your door with a screwdriver or prybar. Another point to remember when doing this simple upgrade for your doors is that you will have to use shorter screws if you have sidelight windows that are less than 3 inches from the edge of the doorjamb.
The shorter ¾ inch screws that normally come with locksets don’t offer the holding power and security afforded by using longer 3 inch screws to secure the strike plates firmly to the studs.
This is a project that the average homeowner can do that is inexpensive and simple to accomplish. It will also add to the security of your home.
Staying above the water line!