More Secure Deadbolts and Door Locks

I have found that a cheap and easy way to increase security with deadbolts and door locks is to buy a box of 3 inch screws to secure the strike plate instead of the puny 3/4 inch screws that commonly come with a lockset.

I figured this out one time when I was looking at getting new door locks and noticed there was different "security levels" with the locksets. The only difference I could see with the higher security lockset was longer screws for the strike plates.

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June 29, 20060 found this helpful

I've worked in the building industry and have noticed if you are concerned about security. Order a composite door frame, the material is extremely strong. The cost is more initially but if you are concerned about security this is a better investment.

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June 29, 20060 found this helpful

Yeah, but we're talking about thrifty right? A new door frame isn't exactly thrifty. It is possibly to strengthen a door frame without having to get a new one, but that is much more involved than longer screws for the strike plate.

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