Door Devil Poll Reveals Critical Home Security Gap for 2014

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A poll of Locksmiths at North Carolina Locksmith Association's 2014 Trade Show reveals less than 10% of homeowners take any measures to defend themselves against the most of point of entry by burglars.

Door Devil Door Security Poll

Door Security Poll

Every home needs it, but virtually no home has it.

"Every home needs it, but no home has it." That was the conclusion drawn from a Door Devil poll of Professional Locksmiths at the North Carolina Locksmith Association's (NCLA) 2014 Trade show in Charlotte, NC when asked about doorway reinforcement.

Locksmiths were asked (2) questions:

Q1: Do you Agree or Disagree... [despite the deadbolt quality] a doorway without doorframe reinforcement will be defeated in 3 kicks or less?

A1: 100% (89 of 89) AGREED the doorframe would be destroyed.

Q2: In your experience, do 'More or Less than 10%' have adequate doorframe reinforcement?

A2: 99% (88 of 89) answered "Less than 10%".

The results clearly indicate that homeowners continue to remain unaware of the vulnerability that exists in their doorways. When burglars start working an area, the phone starts ringing for local locksmiths. George Fogle (Fogle Lock & Key) noted, "Many customers believe that their doors are secure because they have a high-quality deadbolt installed." Until they reinforce the doorframe "they are not maximizing their protection."

"The lack of doorframe reinforcement is like a (-1) in a mathematic equation," according to Door Devil owner Nick Fairless. "It doesn’t matter how much you invest in your deadbolt - if you don’t upgrade your doorframe - the result will be bad. Criminals can blow through the standard residential door in 1 or 2 kicks."

The old method of doorframe reinforcement simply called for the replacement of the (2) short factory screws in the deadbolt plate with longer screws. While this method will improve the strength of the doorway to a small degree, the force of the kick remains focused on a very small section of the door. As a result, this should be considered woefully inadequate protection.

The Society Of Professional Locksmiths (SOPL) – a leading National Locksmith Trade Organization – recently added "doorframe reinforcement" to its continuing education curriculum.

SOPL Founder Tom Lynch noted "SOPL prides itself on ensuring its members are trained and aware of the most current technology and security products. Our number one priority is to provide maximum security for our customers. Properly reinforcing the doorframe is critical to accomplishing that objective."

The new generation of door security products include a 48" steel striker plate. The longer striker plate diffuses the force of the kick across four feet of the doorframe and significantly increases the strength of the doorway.

With products such as Door Devil, Door Jamb Armor and StrikeMaster, Locksmiths and homeowners have a simple, affordable and effective new weapon to combat the #1 method of entry for burglars. As a result, bad guys can expect to encounter many more fortified doorframes in 2014.

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