3 Safer Door Hinges to Make Your Home More Secure

3 Safer Door Hinges to Make Your Home More Secure

Man installing a door hinge

The following safe door hinges will help prevent exposed hinge pins from being removed, and will deter burglars from attempting to detach the door in this manner. Even if your hinge pins are on the inside face of the door, it's still recommended to incorporate these hinges for added security.

Setscrew in the hinge

One design keeps the hinge pin in place with a setscrew, or a small screw threaded through the middle of the hinge. If the door is closed, the setscrew cannot be accessed. You also can fashion this style of hinge yourself by drilling a hole through the middle of the hinge and into the pin, and then installing a small setscrew. However, if the door is in the open position, the setscrew is exposed and can be retracted, and the hinge pins removed. So remember to grind down this setscrew so would-be burglars cannot take it out.

Fast-riveted (crimped) pins

These pins are longer than the hinge height, and once inserted into the hinge, they are crimped on their ends to create a rivet on the top and bottom of the pin. The crimping prevents the pin's removal. These pins give the most security, but you won't be able to easily detach your door if you need to: You'll have to remove the hinges entirely in order to do so.

Safety studs

Safety studs or pegs offer another option to keep your hinges secure. Hinges are available to purchase with this stud already in place, but if the screw-holes on the two sides (or leaves) of your hinges line up, a stud or small metal peg can be installed in one of the holes to fit into the corresponding leaf's hole when the door is closed. That way, even if the hinge pin is removed, the door still cannot be taken off its hinges because the stud holds it in place. If the screw-holes on the hinge leaves don't line up, drill to provide a matching hole. Then place a screw without a head or a short, thick nail into one of the screw-holes and have it projecting out to engage the opposite leaf. Safety studs are a good security measure if you still need to remove your door from time to time, but don't want to commit the time and effort to unscrew its hinges.

Consult the pros

Before making any adjustments or retrofits to your door hinges, it's best to consult a locksmith or security contractor. They can assess your hinges and make any other professional recommendations to keep your doorways secure.


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