Door Security Systems and Door Reinforcement Tips

The acuteness of problems related to security of entrance doors, whether those of businesses, governmental agencies or private dwellings, has always been very high, but nowadays it has dramatically increased in its sharpness. This is understandable, since we can all see that with each year the number of law violation cases in this or that way related to unauthorized entry is not going down, on the contrary, it demonstrates steady growth. This leads to development of more and more sophisticated and access-proof systems, which purpose is aimed at insurance and maintenance of door security against all kinds of unauthorized access. In the first place this issue concerns the specialized companies professionally engaged in design and manufacture of automated door security systems of all levels of complexity and functionality. In our days there could not be a private house or apartment, a shop or an office or any other kind of building or premises, which can be considered secure against some kind of forced unauthorized entry(and robbery, as the result) without a reliable door security system to protect it against unauthorized access. A good door security system is practically “a must” in our times if you want to feel secure and protected. “My home is my castle” they used to say. Several centuries ago you actually needed a fortified castle to be safe, but in our times an automated door security system from a reputable and trusted manufacturer would do perfectly and not less efficiently as a castle of days of old.

By now the door security engineers have designed reliable and tested systems of anti-burglar protection for all types of doors existing at the market: metal door, doors of wood, plastic, fiberglass and even glass. It is understandable, that various types of buildings, residential dwellings and offices have different security requirements as far as the doors are concerned, but it is not a problem - modern door security systems are highly versatile and flexible, their specifications can be adjusted to suit any possible security requirements from the point of view of the different types of buildings. The range of door systems' complexity covers the choice of devices starting from simplest but reliable household security systems that involve electronic locking device with a password and finishing with truly high-end systems, equipped with cameras and intruder alarms to provide the utmost security level, if it is required and affordable, of course.

In the first place we should elaborate a little on the kind of door security systems you might come across in large governmental or privately owned organizations and government agencies that require top security and absolute measures against unauthorized entering, for instance, FBI and CIA and hundreds of others all over the world. Such top-security systems are based on advanced identification protocols and know-how, for instance, biometric solutions, such as fingerprint identification systems, and more often than not are individually engineered to suit the specific requirements of the customer. It is absolutely impossible to enter such doors if your fingerprint does not correspond to the pre-programmed data base of all authorized prints with which the system matches the prints of visitors. It is understood that forced penetration is also out of question. The most up-to-date biometric door security systems employ the iris patterns recognition. The recognized pattern, again, is matched with the available authorized patterns. Any attempt of an authorized person to pass through is recorded and the alarm sent by the system notifies the pertinent security personnel immediately.

After the invention of lasers they become truly indispensable for many types of door security systems, - one invisible beam laser oê an entire systems of such beams controls the entrance. If the beam is interrupted by any object or a person trying to penetrate the guarded entrance, the system sets of the alarm circuit. Another technology, successfully employed in door security systems, makes use of motion sensors: such sensors are very good at detecting even the slightest movement inside the preprogrammed area adjacent to the guarded entrance and sending a warning to the security personnel.

It should be mentioned that the above described security systems are far from being cheap, though they are efficient at completing their indented mission - protecting residential households, organizations and businesses from the unauthorized entry, in this way keeping the property or valuable sensitive information safe. But the high costs of advanced and sophisticated door security systems are quite justified, since their designers and manufacturers have to invest into their Research and Development departments, making their systems more and more invasion-proof, since the criminal mind never sleeps and constantly comes with new solutions for bypassing the existing systems - that is a kind of invisible war of minds, so the manufacturers need to invest heavily into their “brain tank” to keep ahead of the adversary.

But it is still only obvious that the vast majority of people cannot afford the costly door security systems we have talked about above. Does it mean there is nothing that can be done by them or for them to improve the safety of their low-income habitats? Nothing of the kind! Let us have a look at some ways to improve the situation with the entrance door security at a very low budget.

Let us begin with recognition of the fact that a generic entrance door at a budget residential project needs only a single kick to be forced open. The best idea would be to arrange a total replacement of your generic door with something more secure. If your budget allows it consider purchasing of a stronger door, for instance, hurricane-proof rated one, that should do. A hurricane-proof rated door would be sturdy enough to withstand the burglars' efforts to kick or bash it in, especially if you equip it with a bash-proof lock or several such locks. It goes without saying that any decent break-proof door should open outside, not inside as the majority of low-budget residential doors do. The reinforced hurricane-proof fiberglass doors have become very popular recently in this respect. Such doors come together with a reinforced door frame and hinges to replace your old one, which is only natural, since there is no point in replacing the door and leaving the flimsy frame and doorjambs in place. Even the strongest door will not protect your residence if the door frame and hinges are not enough strong and burglar-proof.

After you have reinforced the door and the door frame sufficiently it is time to think about an appropriate lock system. It is recommended not to be limited to one, even the sturdiest and most secure lock, but to consider installation of a quality multipoint locking systems. As a rule such system consists of three locks located at different levels on the door. It would require an actual battering-ram to batter such door in; kicking with all the possible might will not do the thing.

By the way, since you have reinforced your entrance door it would be a wise thing not to forget about the windows, replacing them with hurricane-proof rated ones - in this way you will prevent burglars from entering your habitat through a broken window, which would be simply a crying shame considering the reinforced door and locks!

Still the replacement of the door and windows could happen to be a costly project for many. Are there any cheaper alternatives that would be efficient in making your door less prone for kicking-in? Yes, surely. In case you cannot afford door replacement, you should at least buy a sturdier lock. But it is just the part of the trick. The next step is to reinforce the attachment of the bolt plate to the jamb. As was confirmed by many professionals dealing with door locks of low-income apartment residential complexes, when the door is kicked in strong enough it is not the lock but the door jamb that gives way. Sî the cheapest and simplest method to prevent the burglars from access into your residence is to use longer, three inch wood screws to fasten the bolt plate to the door jamb, instead of generic half-inch ones. As simple as that!

Another practical thing to do to prevent the intruder from penetration is to equip your entrance door with a bar from inside. Such method has proved to be highly efficient since medieval times. It has just one disadvantage - it works only in case you are at home. In all other respects it is nearly perfect door security device.