Will Your Front Door Stand Up?

Front doors in most homes have a painted steel facing which gives the impression of strength and security. However, when someone is desperate and determined to get in, most don’t stand a chance.

broken door
Broken front door

This particular front door in Saskatoon was kicked in during a police arrest by the perpetrator, as reported by CTV News.

Note how the steel has broken like a Christmas cookie just below the latch. The story says the home invader did, in fact, gain entry so either this sprang the latch and deadbolt or the bottom half folded-in more than we can see. Either way, it goes to show how useless are most consumer-grade front doors.

If you want to see what this looks like in practice, scan the videos at kickproof.com.  One large black intruder kicks a door in facing away from it so fast you can hardly see it even when you’re watching the video. Kickproof has a number of solutions to reinforce your door, all of which are an improvement over what you have now.

A solid wood door is better and a perimeter steel or aluminum beam door is best of all.

You can get these and many more tips in my book Home Invasion Prevention available from Lulu.com in printed or electronic form.

A Group of Four Men Kicked in the Door

What’s the most common, and easiest way to launch a home invasion? You guessed right, the front door. Yesterday, in Regina, Saskatchewan, the bad guys did exactly that.

Officers were dispatched to a home in the 1600 block of Retallack Street just before 6 p.m.

Police say a group of four men kicked in the door of the home and assaulted a man inside with a bladed weapon.

It is astounding how few people understand that a standard exterior door with a consumer-grade deadbolt can be defeated by a single kick. The problem is that the door itself is probably hollow and the striker plate is screwed into a prefabricated piece of flimsy trim.

If you don’t understand what I’m saying, have any young man of your acquaintance try to kick in your front door. Give him 20 dollars if he succeeds on the first kick, ten on the second and a fiver if it takes him three tries. Make sure you have a twenty in your wallet if you do.

The hard facts are that most exterior doors are an open invitation to home invaders.

What you need to do is to double up on your deadbolts and have them go into an “anti-kick strip.” This is a length of flat metal screwed into the stud surrounding the door with openings for the latch and two deadbolts. In addition you should also add reinforcing for the hinge side. A number of companies sell these components as a set, including Door Devil.

Even this, however, isn’t enough because the door itself is a weak point. Try to source a solid wood door, like this “speakeasy” model from Home Depot. This door won’t cave in and provides a covered viewing port to check your visitor before opening the door.

Are we finished yet? No because no matter how good the door, you’ll still need a security doorstop as described in my book, Home Invasion Prevention. Buy the book and get the full story.

You, your wife, and your family will be glad you did if some street thugs decide your home looks inviting.

Here’s Another Reason for a Home Invasion: Because You’re Jewish

The worldwide attack by Muslims against Jews, supported by the Left in Europe, Canada and the United States, has taken a new and disturbing turn. A group of assailants attacked a couple in the Paris suburb of Créteil on Monday raped the 19-year-old woman, and robbed the home, saying it was “because you are Jewish.”

Paris police

The report at the Algemeiner, doesn’t say how exactly the intruders got in but I can guess from this sentence:

The two were at her 21-year-old boyfriend’s parent’s home in the heavily-Jewish suburb, when the three masked attackers broke in, after the couple answered the door.

The key phrase is “answered the door.” Unless you have a security doorstop, as described in my book Home Invasion Prevention, you and your family are at risk every time you open the door.

You need to be able to open the door and still thwart an attack and a security doorstop does this.

I have one other suggestion for Jewish home owners. Take a moment to join the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership in the United States. Take my word for it; you need to do this.