- Posted March 30, 2014 by
Narragansett, Rhode Island
How Do Burglars Break In?
The FBI says: "Every 12 seconds a home invasion occurs by someone going right through the front or back door". This happens in 70+% of all break-ins and "door frame failure" is almost always the cause.
Think about this. How many times have you seen the police on those real crime TV shows kick in doors? A lot, right? Well if a man in a police uniform can do it that easily, then why can't a man in a burglar outfit also do it that easily? The fact of the matter is, you don't want ANY unauthorized person to be able to gain entry into your home, much less easily.
Why Are Doors So Easily Kicked-in or Forced Open?
It all comes down to one critical design flaw and it's found on virtually every exterior residential entry door. Most exterior doors, hinges, deadbolts and door handle locks are fairly strong. It's the WOODEN DOOR FRAME also known as the door jamb that is the weakest area. Door jambs are most often constructed from softwood trees such as Pine, Spruce and Fir. These soft woods can't withstand the force of a 1/2" to 3/4" solid steel deadbolt stem being excessively forced against them as happens when a door is kicked or "shoulder slammed".
A Deadbolt Lock Does Not Truly Secure Your Door! You Must Reinforce All Entry Door Jambs to Strengthen the Door Frames
We all know that deadbolts lock doors, but what most people don't realize is that they alone don't make doors with wooden door frames truly secure. As you can see from the pictures below, even when you have a good deadbolt, your door can still be easily forced open if your door frame has not been reinforced with a long, thick, heavy-duty strike plate.
A door kick-in or any other type forced entry will almost always split (if not shatter) the wooden door frame around the strike plates and beyond for about 1 to 2 feet in each direction. FBI statistics show that 80% of all residental break-ins are from door frame failure. Because of these construction flaws, it obviously makes sense to upgrade to a long heavy-duty, high security strike plate to correct this. The photos above clearly show how the deadbolts were basically useless when those doors were assaulted. And this is not the exception, it's the rule!
Exactly How Should You Go About Making Outside Entry Doors More Secure?
Even if you have a well constructed home with good quality outside entry doors, you need to be sure that EVERY area that secures your entry doors are actually secure. Well secured exterior entryways are your first line of defense against unwanted visitors, especially against burglars and those intent on doing you harm by comitting a home invasion*.
1. You need good quality exterior entry doors.
2. You need good quality door hinges and security door locks.
3. And most importantly, you need to reinforce all of your exterior entry doors, hinges and door frames with top quality door security devices such as a door security kit. You need one installed on every outside entry door. It does not matter how good the doors, locks and hinges are because it's the wooden door frame that will easily break and allow intruders to EASILY gain entry, often within just a second.
Having top quality doors, locks and door security devices installed on every one of your entry doors will dramatically help in keeping intruders out, or at minimum, buy you the valuable extra time that you may need in order to be able to take some form of defensive action. Time is not a criminal's friend when he's trying to invade a home. Burglars will usually only try to get into your home for about 2 minutes, and beyond that, they typically will move on to easier prey.
*If you want to see just how often home invasions occur in the U.S., check out these current home invasion news stories which are updated 24 hours a day: