"Have you locked the front entrance door?"

Of course you have, it's almost a ritual... closing the door gives a sense of security. Shutting out the cold and cruel world -- you are safe behind your closed door.

Thieves and break-ins are as old as your house and home, and even the concept of a home, and have been designed to support that belief.

Humour me. Go to your front door and take a good, steady look. Mine was solid oak, a good first-class lock, the best door bolt I could find at the hardware store, and yet somebody walked right through it. Yours the same?

When I saw what happened, I almost wept. How could I be so stupid? You are at your front door now... good. It's a good door with great front door locks. Even when I think of home I find myself dreaming up three words: security doors homes. Okay, now turn your head slightly and look at the other side. Yes, the door frame.

I never thought of it, and the experts never mention it. The door frame is made of pine, and pine is a very soft wood. Now, look at the lock plate. A nice piece of brass, neatly set in, and held by two screws. Take one out -- it's quite easy, perhaps three-quarters of an inch long. They are there to hold the plate in position and nothing else.

Put your finger in the cutout and measure to the front edge -- about an inch. That is what you are placing your faith in. Not the door, not the front door locks, but one inch of soft, brittle, wood.

Mine did. Not a mark on the door; the frame shattered with one swift kick. "But of course," said the police blithely. "That is nearly half of the break ins. Right through the front door."

Door frames are the same world over. Soft wood. There are houses being built today with the same frames as those built hundreds of years ago. Only the bad guys know about this. Builders do not. So come on, you builders, wake up and do something about it. Never mind the fancy front door that helps sell the house. Look at the frame.

Oh, sorry! You are still at your front door. What can you do about it?

Take out the screws holding the lock plate in place and put in as long a screw as you can. I have a three inch one in mine. It goes through the frame into the two-by-four that holds it into place.Okay, it won't stop them but it will slow them down.

I, being a handyman, did more. I took off the inside moulding. Do it carefully with two screwdrivers: start at the top or bottom and work it off slowly, as you want to put it back. It's held by finishing nails. Having got it off, you can see the works: the frame about an inch thick, behind the two-by-four.

Go to a builders' yard and get some metal cornering. Fit it against the jamb and edge of the frame. Cut out a niche to accommodate your front door locks. Put back the moulding.

Below is the table which shows the top 6 best front door locks 2018. Each and every front door locks is chosen by our specialist reviewers.

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# 1 - Kwikset 96870-100 Belleview Single Cylinder Handleset With Cove Knob Featuring Smartkey, Venetian Bronze

As the industry leader, Kwikset has provided trusted security for over 60 years and has become synonymous with security, peace of mind, style and innovation. The beveled design of the Belleview adds elegance to its traditional arched shape. The attractive, traditional colonial design of the Cove makes a simple yet elegant statement in any home. This single cylinder handleset can be locked or unlocked by a key on the outside, or the turn button on the inside. SmartKey Re-key Technology allows you to control who has access to your home. Re-key the lock yourself in seconds in 3 easy steps.…


  • For use on exterior doors where keyed entry and security is needed
  • Featuring SmartKey re-key technology; re-key the lock yourself in seconds in 3 easy steps
  • Interior knob with universal handing; fits both right handed and left handed doors
  • Features an adjustable latch to fit all standard door preparations
  • Handleset Deadbolt ANSI/BHMA Grade 3 Certified


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# 2 - Schlage Fe595vcam619acc Camelot Keypad Entry With Flex-lock And Accent Levers, Satin Nickel

This item is Schlage FE595VCAM619ACC Camelot Keypad Accent Lever Door Lock, Satin Nickel . Used For Hardware,Door, Gate & Window Hardware Accessories. The product is manufactured in Mexico.


  • Keyless entry providing enhanced security
  • Reversible lever for use with doors that are either right hand open or left hand open
  • Outside assembly - 6.84 inches tall, 3.01 inches wide, 2.74 inches deep; inside assembly- 5.75 inches tall, 3.01 inches wide, 2.77 inches deep
  • Quickly add or delete user codes at keypad using the lock's unique 6-digit programming code
  • Easy installation with no wiring required - 9-volt battery is included. For any further queries please contact Schlage Lock Company Customer Support Number @888-805-9837.


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# 3 - Kwikset Dakota Single Cylinder Handleset With Polo Knob Featuring Smartkey In Satin Nickel

As the industry leader, Kwikset has provided trusted security for over 60 years and has become synonymous with security, peace of mind, style and innovation. The clean lines of Dakota lend a casual yet stylish ambiance to your entry door and offers security with flair. Classic lines and enhanced styling make Polo a great choice for many home designs and the perfect enhancement for traditional or contemporary homes. This single cylinder handleset can be locked or unlocked by a key on the outside, or the turn button on the inside. SmartKey Re-key Technology allows you to control who has access…


  • For use on exterior doors where keyed entry and security is needed
  • Featuring SmartKey re-key technology; re-key the lock yourself in seconds in 3 easy steps
  • Interior knob with universal handing; fits both right handed and left handed doors
  • Latch features an adjustable backset 2-3/8 - 2-3/4 inches to fit all standard door preparations
  • Handleset Deadbolt ANSI/BHMA Grade 3 Certified


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# 4 - Schlage Be365vcam716 Camelot Keypad Deadbolt, Aged Bronze

Turn-Lock feature allows the user to lock and leave without a key. Ideal for front, back and side entry doors where deadbolts are required. Grade 2 ANSI/BHMA certified. Commercial grade clutching motor drive. Vandal resistant free-spinning deadbolt turn. Code control; 6-digit programming code required to add and delete user codes. Warning sounds after four incorrect codes entered; keypad disabled for 30 seconds. Mechanical key override. Pre-set with random 6-digit programming code and two random 4-digit user codes. 19 user code capacity; 10,000 user code combinations. Blue LEDs illuminate the keypad on demand. Locks can be re-keyed to match existing locks.…


  • Create and delete access codes for trusted friends and family (up to 19)
  • Installs in minutes - no wiring needed
  • Guaranteed to fit on standard doors. Customizable to fit your security needs
  • Silicone-coated keypad prevents numbers from wearing off
  • • Pairs with our most popular trim styles to coordinate the look throughout your home


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# 5 - Schlage Z-wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt With Built-in Alarm, Aged Bronze, Fe469nx Acc 716 Cam Lh, Works With Alexa Via Wink

At Schlage, we know security. After all, we’ve been innovating locks for more than 90 years. Now, with the Touchscreen Deadbolt, we’ve created a door lock that combines all of our best security features into one lock—redefining what it means to be secure. With our innovative touchscreen feature, you have the convenience of going keyless and no longer having keys to lose, hide, carry or forget. The fingerprint-resistant touchscreen ensures numbers won’t be detectable to intruders after repeated use—safeguarding your home even more. The Schlage BE469NX is BHMA/ANSI Grade 1 certified, the highest residential rating. Built from high quality materials,…


  • Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately).
  • Z-wave technology connects to your home automation system and lets you lock or unlock your door remotely via the web or smartphone
  • 3-Alert modes (activity, tamper and forced entry) let you know when someone is coming or going and communicate potential security threats
  • Ansi Grade 1-delivered the highest level of Durability and security at the main points of entry
  • Fingerprint-resistant touchscreen protects against fingerprints and smudges and ensures wear patterns remain undetectable.Door thickness range(inches): 1-3/8 to 1-3/4thick
  • Adjustable through-bolt on handlesets can move up and down 1 1/2" to fit a variety of pre-existing holes.
  • Easily control who has the access to your home. Memory for up to 30 different access codes means everyone can have their own Number, from the kids to the pet sitter and housekeeper
  • ANSI Grade 1 Highest Residential Security
  • Durable Resistive Touchscreen with matte finish to protect against fingerprints and smudges