For years, people have secured their front door with a traditional style Yale type night latch. It's amazing to think that this type of lock; is only really meant to be used as a passive type of security.
In reality, you really need to have a dead lock that requires a key either side. But there is a lot more that you can do to enhance the security of your main front door.
Door Chains are widely used but, there are different types and to be honest they are really only a token gesture. A big shove with a shoulder would quite probably break a budget door chain.
So it would be best to consider a more up market chain. Chubb do a good range, also Era Security Products do a door chain that is recessed into the door. We would seriously suggest you to consider this chain.
Door viewers are a good option if you your front door doesn't have any viewing panels. Door viewers come in a variety of different angles. The bigger the angle the better, as you are nearly able to see all round the door and; angles as big as 180 degrees are not uncommon.
Another weak point are door hinges. Most front doors open inwards so the hinge pins would be on the inside, this is a lot safer. However, there are occasions where the door may open outwards i.e: an escape door from a block of flats.
If the hinge are on the outside, then you need to consider the use of hinge bolts. These units are fitted either to the door or on the frame. When the door is closed the bolts project into the frame or door. If someone tries to manipulate the hinges, they would also need to contend with steel bolts projecting in to the frame.
A dead lock (Key operation) and a sash lock (Key and handle), are pretty standard stuff. These would be the bare minimum you should consider on any final exit door (Front or back door). Always go for a 5 lever BS3621 or the escape version BS8621, or perhaps the new range of EN1303 euro security cylinder and a decent dead lock.
If you are hell bent on having a Yale style cylinder, and you want to have a euro style dead lock; then consider having them keyed alike, Now one key will fit all the locks on your front door.
Finally, consider some shoot bolts on the inside; one at the top and another at the bottom.
With the dead lock, Yale night latch and the hinge bolts, it would probably be the frame, or the door that would fail before the locks would.
Hope this has helped in making your decision as how best to secure an traditional style front door.
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