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Home Entranceway Security Basics


Here’s a brief guide from the lock installation and residential security experts here at Nonstop Locksmith and Security Solutions on how to improve the security of your home entranceway.

Front Door Security Hardware

Make sure that your front door hardware is strong and durable. Make sure your hinges, door handles, doorknobs, and don’t have any loose, old, or damaged parts. Consider installing brand new front doors if they aren’t intact. Fiberglass is a great door choice due to its energy efficiency, durability, and elemental resistance. Steel doors are popular due to their affordability, strength, durability, energy efficiency, and weather resistance. Solid wood core doors are sturdy and resistant to break-downs, however they require more maintenance due to their vulnerability to moisture.


Strike Plates

Strike plates protect the jamb from bolt friction – especially jambs made of wood. Most locks come with short, .75 inch wooden screws attaching the strike plates to the jamb. Short screws make your door vulnerable because people can gain access by kicking the door in. Make sure to replace these wooden screws with longer 3 inch metal screws.


Deadbolt Locks

Make sure to have high quality, grade 1 deadbolt locks installed at your property. Consider upgrading your standard deadbolt lock to a smart electronic lock which carry the benefits of keyless entry, remote entry, remote alerts, and key customization – as well as time-sensitive key programming.



Make sure to have your front door as visible from the street as possible. Don’t obscure it with bushes, fencing, trees – or any darkness.


Security Cameras and Intercoms

Security cameras operate as a fantastic crime deterrent. Thieves will likely skip your home and move on once they notice CCTV security cameras and/or other monitoring devices like smart doorbells. Intercoms allow homeowners to speak directly to visitors from outside as well, making them a boon when it comes to both convenience and security.

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Non-Stop sent Chuck to do my door. I had to change keys because my abusive boyfriend finally moved out. He was very friendly and very professional. He even arrived about 5 minutes before the time he was supposed to be! He told me that he has worked for this company since they opened. It took him only about 20 minutes to do everything. The price is reasonable: $65 flat rate and $35 per door. I work on a customer service-oriented job and I can definitely say that this company excels in that part. If you need a locksmith in the Logan Square, Avondale area, don’t waste your time with other companies. Just call Non-Stop! Thanks, Chuck!

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These guys truly are one in a million! Top of the line products and service!!! I will recommend them to all my friends and family. Shimon-THANK YOU for the new camera/door bell!!! I love it!!

Karmin Avakain

Had a car lockout and needed an ignition key. Went to the Infiniti and Nissan dealership (Berman’s Infiniti) to “try” and get stuff sorted out but was met with bad service and tons of misinformation which left a bad impression. One person said one thing and the tech said another. I lost a lot of time and wasted effort trying to get stuff from the dealer’s service center. Then I got a referral to Non-Stop locksmith to get the job done. Quote was accurate had a great job done, courteous service and fast quality work. Dude made keys on the spot! My tech Robert went up and beyond my expectations to help me out of a jam.

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My husband and I just bought our first place and needed the locks changed. Being that we needed it done quickly and after business hours (right after closing), I took a chance on going with the first place on Yelp. I couldn’t be happier!! CHRIS came out and was fantastic. He’s very knowledgeable on his craft and super friendly. He got the job done fast and the locks/keys work great. I’m actually about to call again, right now, to change another lock we didn’t know to change that night (for a storage room). Now, I’ve never needed locks changed, but I thought the prices to be reasonable. They charge by the item, not the hour, and gave me pricing right over the phone.

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