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STRENGTHEN YOUR DOOR AGAINST A BREAK-IN!

 

There's one thing that we all could do to better protect ourselves from an attempted door kick-in.  Our deadbolts go into a small piece of metal on the door jamb (molding that goes around the door opening) that is called a strike plate.  Almost all doors have a small strike plate with small 3/4-inch screws.  Sometimes, these short screws do not go into the wood frame (two by four) that is behind the door jamb, which would provide much stronger support.  If these short screws go into the wood frame, the length is not enough to provide much support from a kick-in attempt. 

 

The following can be done to make the door much stronger:

 

1.  You can buy a security strike plate from Home Depot (Isle #10) --- or most other hardware stores --- for just over $3 bucks that includes 3-inch screws which will go through the door jamb and well into the door framing (two by four).   This plate for the deadbolt is about 4 inches long, so it doesn't interfere with the other strike plate for the regular door handle lock.  This is very easy to install, although you will likely need a putty knife and hammer to chisel a larger area for the plate to be placed along the door jamb.  One more thing --- before putting in your 3-inch screws, look inside the strike location (where your deadbolt would enter) to see the edge of the two by four.  There's a chance that the two by four is set back where you may need to angle your screws a little towards the left.

 

2.  You can add a 3-inch screw about a foot above and below the deadbolt security strike plate and locate them partially under the weather strip where they can not be seen.  This further adheres the molding to the door frame (two by four) that makes kick-ins even harder.

 

3.  You can replace one or two screws from each of the three hinges with long 3-inch screws as well.  This further strengthens the door molding to the door frame (two by four) on the opposite side of the deadbolt. 

 

Check out the following link.  We all need to replace our strike plates for much better door security! 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for article on rising home burglaries in Lewisville due to lock bumping 10-5-07

 

 

The following message is dated February 18, 2007:

The following information regarding home door locks and security issues is very important to pass along to your neighbors. This issue, "lock bumping", has really exploded across the internet over the past year.

This technique called "lock bumping" can open most of our front door (and/or back door) locks that we currently use. It is a simple technique that uses a key for a specific brand lock. The key is modified slightly, which is then called a "bump key". The bump key is then used to open any lock for that brand by inserting the bump key and tapping it, while turning the lock. These bump keys can be cheaply purchased on the internet.

I have checked this security issue on line. Please see the following Snopes website for more information:

http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/bumpkeys.asp

I shared a draft of this e-mail to our Community Officers with the Mansfield Police Department. They checked with their detectives and also with their counterparts in Grand Prairie and Tarrant County. At this time, "lock bumping" does not appear to have become a problem for our area yet.

If you have a solid wood front door like most of us, one lock that claims to be bump proof is made by Medeco. This lock was also top rated by the October 2005 issue of Consumer Reports. The Medeco model is 11W0100-PA1. This lock goes for $139.50. I found this same price at two other websites.  Check out the following website for this one-cylinder door lock:

http://www.buyasafe.com/High_Security_Locks_p/11w0100-pa1.htm