Reinforcing Your Doors Security (Part 2 of 3)By Robert Siciliano November 3, 2011 | 02:00 PMPosted in: Burglary & Loss Prevention, Home Alarm Systems, House
In a recent post I discussed 5 different kinds of door reinforcement devices. In this post I'm going to review a door frame reinforcement device by Door Devil. I reached out to other manufacturers of door frame reinforcement and only Nick Fairless from Door Devil was kind enough to respond and send out a device to test.
The Door Devil Anti Kick Door Jamb Security Kit is made of a 1/16" heavy steel and is 4 feet in length and is installed on the door jamb center, right over the exiting strike plates. Standard door security is comprised of (2-4) small screws through 1-2 small strike plates attached to a thin door frame. A strong kick focuses on this single weak point and easily blows apart the door frame. That's why kick-ins are (by far) the #1 tactic for home invaders.
Door Jamb fortified with Door Devil™ provides additional security with:
1) 48″ steel door jamb reinforcement replaces 3″ brass strike plate
2) Force is diffused across 4 feet of the door frame
3) 3.5″ heavy screws drive into 2×4 studs behind door frame
4) 3″ screws reinforce hinges - provide extra door security
What I like most about the door frame reinforcement technology is that it's always there. Meaning there are no moving/additional parts, it requires no effort other than an initial install and then locking your doors. By itself the Door Devil is one layer of security in addition to a home security alarm and security cameras and does a great job. Keep in mind that after about a minute of kicking and shouldering a door, most burglars would give up.
There is one more layer of door security I'd recommend in the category of "door brace" discussed in post 3.
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