Most homes today have deadbolts installed on the front door, however, during home inspections we frequently discover they are not installed properly and unless corrected, can be opened without a key by simply placing something against the shaft like a knife or credit card and pushing the shaft back.
The video below will show you how to check and, if needed, repair your deadbolt.
One other item I frequently recommend is to remove the 1/2 inch screws that secure the strike plate on the door latch and dead bolt latch and replace them with screws about 2 inches long, This will provide more strength should someone try to kick the door.
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