Burglars Gain Entry Most Often By Kicking In Doors -- And They Can Get Inside in Less Than 1 Second! By David Carrington - 07/07/10
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 ANYONE to be able to gain entry into your home 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 door entryway. Most exterior doors, hinges, deadbolts and door locks are fairly strong. It's the WOODEN DOOR FRAME alsoknown 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 massively forced against them as happens when a door is kicked or "shoulder slammed".
Notice the typical short, small diameter brass screws that are on most door strike plates. They provide little support other than simply holding the metal strike plate on the door frame.
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Notice the small, thin, weak, decorative softwood trim that the strike plate WAS mounted on.
Notice that the screws are too short to go into the wooden wall stud behind the decorative wood trim.
See how short the distance is between the right edge of the strike plate and the edge of the door frame? That's ALL that's stopping intruders from getting inside your home.
You Must Reinforce All Exterior Door Jambs to Strengthen the Door Frame
A forced entry or door kick-in burglary will split open the wooden door frame around the strike plates and beyond for about 1 or 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 heavy-duty, high security strike plate. The photo at left shows the deadbolt was useless when the door was assaulted.
A Deadbolt Lock Does Not Truly Secure Your Door!
We all know that deadbolts lock doors, but what most people don't realize is that they alone don't make doors truly secure. As you can see from these pictures, even when you have a deadbolt, your door can still be easily forced open if your door frame has not been reinforced.
How Should You Go About Making Outside Entry Doors More Secure?
Even if you have a well constructed home with good outside entry doors, you need to be sure that your entry doors are secure. Well secured extrior entryways are your first line of defense, especially against today's dynamic home invasions.
So how do you go about securing your exterior entryways? You need good security doors, good securitydoor locks,and most importantly, you need to reinforce all outside entry doors with a door jamb reinforcement device such as the Door Security Pro Door Security Guard. You need one installed on every outside entry door because if the door frame is not reinforced, then it does not matter how good the doors or the locks are because the wooden door frame will easily break and allow intruders to gain entry, often within just seconds.
Having these 3 security features installed will dramatically help in keeping burglars out or at a minimum, buy you the much needed valuable extra time for you to be able to take some form of defensive action. Time is not a criminal's friend when he's trying to burglarize a home. Burglars will usually only try to get into your home for about 2 minutes. Beyond that, they typically will move on to easier prey.
* Pictured on the left is the Door Security Pro 48"
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