Home Security begins at the Entrance

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If you were to design the ultimate security system for a house, what would you focus on? These days, many people would immediately think in terms of the most technologically advanced alarm system—one that’s voice activated, detects motion anywhere, can be remotely controlled and allows remote viewing of the home, etc.

But even in this day and age of connectedness, the best security system begins with the front door. That’s because, essentially, the door is potentially your home’s weakest link—no matter how high tech the alarm system is.

Contrary to TV and movie depictions—even TV commercials for security systems—of burglars always smashing through windows in the dark (makes a noisier, more dramatic effect), by far the No. 1 entrance for an intruder is the front door. And often, it’s kicked in.

That’s because typically, only two or four mite-sized screws are holding up one or two little strike plates, attached to a weak door frame of thin pine. If you only knew how easy it is to sever pine. 10 year old kids in karate classes do this with their bare hands.

What if your door included one-sixteenth inch of heavy steel? Try kicking through that. And what about a four foot bar that’s installed over the strike plates, screwed right into the door’s frame? Wow, you have one tough-ass security system for your door: The Door Devil Anti Kick Door Jamb Security Kit. It includes:

  • Three and a half inch heavy screws, which go into 2 x 4 studs located behind the door frame
  • Steel door jamb reinforcement (48 inches): replaces the small brass strike plate
  • Three inch screws for reinforcing the door hinges

In addition, there are other things you can do to make your door more impenetrable.

  • A door bar jammer or door brace: One end fits snuggly under the doorknob, while the other end is angled out and affixed to the floor.
  • Deadbolt wrap: This will reinforce the area around the door lock.
  • A better strike plate: Thicker means better.
  • Door frame reinforcement: This steel implement is up to four feet in length, and some versions are decorative.

Of course, all of these measures add up to zero protection if you leave your door unlocked. Many intruders gain entry through unlocked doors. It’s that simple. But don’t forget that even a very determined burglar tires out and does not want to be standing there all day trying to kick down a heavily reinforced door.

Robert Siciliano is a home and personal security expert to DoorDevil.com discussing Anti-Kick door reinforcement on YouTube. Disclosures.

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Kathy Streib
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Robert- the other day I was thinking of one of those front door cameras/doorbells where I could answer from a remote location.  However, the better protection would be to protect myself and my family with a more secure door!  Thank you. 

Dec 03, 2016 01:13 PM #1
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                              Thank you Robert Siciliano 

Dec 03, 2016 05:46 PM #2
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Robert Siciliano Perfect advice given here and the fixes to entry door security are not expensive at all and all of us should take heed. Thanks to Kathy Streib for her feature of your post this morning!

Dec 04, 2016 04:37 AM #3
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I think we often look past the obvious: the front door.

Dec 04, 2016 04:43 AM #4
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for the post. I will bookmark it and read it again.

Dec 04, 2016 04:59 AM #5
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Gabe Sanders
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Super information, Robert.  This should be widely read.

Dec 04, 2016 05:00 AM #6
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Robert. Some great tips for those who tink their alarm system is sufficient! Enjoy your day!

Dec 04, 2016 05:18 AM #7
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Dorie Dillard
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Good morning Robert Siciliano ,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib  featured this in her "Ah-ha" moment for the week. Excellent post..you are right, no burglar wants to waste much time breaking in a door..they will be on to the next house!

Dec 04, 2016 05:49 AM #8
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We did get broken into whilst we were away, through a window rather than our front door, but it was forced rather than smashed. But great advice for those thinking of replacing a front door.

Dec 04, 2016 08:48 AM #9
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They have those door jammer that people place against front door at night.  It is another reason I do not want to live in the city. 

Dec 04, 2016 09:14 AM #10
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Yikes - I live in a town that doesn't lock the doors! (I don't even know if we have a key for ours?)  We always get a chuckle out of visitors who hit the lock and alarm on their cars when we're house hunting . . .  we let them know they'll soon be out of that habit!  However, if you're in a different sort of community, this is great advice .

Dec 04, 2016 09:20 AM #11
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Sharon Tara
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Very helpful information! I've bookmarked so I have it for future reference. Thank you!

Dec 04, 2016 01:37 PM #12
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I'm glad Kathy featured this post. Your continued sharing of posts on security, onlilne and otherewise, as a big help. This makes so much sense. I didn't realize that the front door was actually the home's weakest link. but it sure make sense.

Dec 04, 2016 05:47 PM #13
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This is excellent information to share with home owners.

Have an outstanding December.

Dec 04, 2016 06:35 PM #14
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Interesting information here.  I really never thought about this.  I assumed my door was pretty secure but obviously it is not!

Dec 16, 2016 03:40 AM #15
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