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Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a totally burglar-proof home, but there is also no burglar who can get into any home. By taking a few steps and using some specific security measures, you can make your home ALMOST burglar-proof.

When most homeowners consider security, they usually only think of a few items. However, you might not realize that things like shatter proof glass is on the market. There are also surveillance cameras that are real and fake, which can be installed. That certainly will help deter a burglar.

And while deterrence is huge, the most important aspect of home security is “hardening” the home to prevent access. Doors are the most common method of burglar entry and most doors significantly lack reinforcement.

There are a few critical things that you can do with your front and back door. If you have a typical door, its frame made of pine and it can definitely get kicked in. It doesn’t even take a lot of strength to get through a door, and most adults would have the strength to do it if they know how.

A normal door closes with a latch that has two or four small screws that go through a weak strike plate. This is attached or a pine door frame, which might be only ½” to ¾” thick. Keep in mind that a child can kick through pine that is ½” thick, so it should be no surprise that it’s so easy to kick through a door.

Here’s how to Secure Your Doors!

As in the video above, this is where a device like the Door Devil Anti-Kick Door Jamb Kit comes in handy. This kit has a bar that is over a foot long and is 1/16th inch heavy steel. It is installed right on the door jamb over the strike plates that are already there.

The kit includes:

  • 13-inch strike plate with EZ mounting tabs
  • Door plate and hinge plate
  • Heavy duty mounting screws in two different sizes for extra strength
  • Installation drill bits

It only takes about 15 minutes to install the Door Devil, and once it is installed, you are done. The only other thing you have to do is lock your door.

Though door reinforcement is a great thing, just consider that it is only a single layer of security, and you should consider complimenting this with other types of home security including motion detection lights, surveillance cameras, and home security systems. Remember, most burglars aren’t extremely skilled, nor are they extremely smart. If they can’t get through a door with a couple of kicks, they will move on to the next house.

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


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Robert Siciliano - this is a great recomendation.  I am going to look into it.

Jul 16, 2019 11:20 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

This looks like a great product to introduce to our clients !

Jul 16, 2019 01:05 PM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

This would make a good housewarming gift. You can never be too safe.

Jul 16, 2019 03:11 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Robert-I remember reading that #1 on the ROI for home improvements has been a steel door. We've had a large number of home break-ins and I'm looking into this. Thank you!!! 

Jul 16, 2019 07:46 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


Jul 20, 2019 09:45 PM #6
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post! I can see why Kathy chose to highlight it this week!

Jul 21, 2019 06:46 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I'm grateful this is something we don't really have to worry about in our neck of the woods. Good to know though for areas where this is a problem. 

Jul 21, 2019 07:46 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Like many have said, we have no need to buy one of those.  This is wonderful for some areas.  A

Jul 21, 2019 09:19 AM #10
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Interesting.  From the title I thought it was going to be about one of those smart doorbells with the camera inside.  Those are proving to be quite useful after the fact to see who came to the door.

Jul 23, 2019 05:44 PM #11
Greg Mona
Faira Homes Corp - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate in the 21st Century!

Interesting product, Robert Siciliano. As others have already written, if someone wants in, they'll figure out a way to do so. That said, any deterrent is a good one! 

Jul 23, 2019 07:33 PM #12
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Can't be too safe ... however, if someone is hell-bent on breaking in they will. There are more access points than just a door.  I will probably check into this product. Thank you for sharing.

Jul 23, 2019 07:43 PM #13
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

smith and wesson works really well in our area...myself I prefer glock...seriously...

Jul 23, 2019 08:15 PM #14
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

I suppose you can scare people into buying anything. Don't like to live with fear, so I don't.

Jul 23, 2019 09:09 PM #15
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty - Arlington, VA
32 years of providing fully satisfying service!

Informative post-Robert; thanks. In part, I think it boils down to your own perception of safety in your neighborhood. For now, I'm good without the extra precautions.

Jul 24, 2019 07:18 AM #16
Rodger G Caldwell

This is a great product and it really is easy to install. I have used them to repair rather than replace a damaged door jamb on old apartment buildings. For vulnerable windows they can be protected with 3M's shatter-resistant film or shatter-proof glass. The peace of mind may be worth the cost. I also have installed an excellent security system. A 60 lb Autstralian cattle dog named Leapin' Lou.

Jul 24, 2019 07:30 AM #17
Patrick Willard
Rio Rancho, NM

I bought my house almost 30 yrs ago before I got into real estate. At the time I was an aircraft echanic and that often required me to travel for work. I bought a house with wrought iron on the windows and doors, so I didn't have to worry about my family when I was on the road. We've enever had even an attempted break in, but several of our neighbors have, some more than once.

Jul 24, 2019 08:24 AM #18
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

There are other options besides alarm systems. Police have told me an alarm can be a deterrant, but often the crooks are in and out before the cops can get there. 

Jul 24, 2019 11:48 AM #19
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow - one tough door!

Jul 24, 2019 01:26 PM #20
Chuck Tanner
Keller Williams Realty - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker "Let's Get You Moving"

I tend to agree with Robert. If they can't break the door down you have more of a chance that they will give up. If they are bound bent and determined then they may break a window. 

Jul 25, 2019 10:24 AM #21
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I will always remember, as a child, we did not lock our doors.

One day in our neighborhood, a couple were driving by and the wife felt threatened and jumped out of the car and ran into a house, it was unlocked.

The husband followed her into that house and shot her then killed himself.

From that day on my family kept our doors locked, even during the day.

Sometimes there has to be an event that causes us to make changes.

Your post is great, in that you provide a rather simple way of "hardening" the door. Most homes are not built for security, as you describe the think material used. 

It is about making entry more difficult for those with bad intentions.

Thanks for the tips.

Jul 26, 2019 05:06 AM #22
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