On Mon, 9 Jun 2008 15:26:31 -0700 (PDT), Fred the Red Shirt
Someone I know, in Baltimore, got a steel security door, for the front
door. When someone broke in the front door, he was quite upset that
all that he got from the door company was a new door. It was one of
those companies that advertise on tv, or did at the time.
That doesn't mean the steel doors aren't harder to break into. The
person was upset so I didn't ask for details of how he got in.
They're probably harder to get in than my wooden door with wooden door
frame was. 25 years ago, someone just kicked his way in. I replaced
the deadbolt with a longer one, got brass U-covers that go around the
front and back of the door beneath the dead bolt and the other one,
and used longer screws on the jamb plate, and put in a chunk of wood
where empty space had been, but mostly I got a burglar alarm.
Mostly burglars come and go, and this one never came back. He didn't
take anything that time either. I think the neighbor's dog scared him
a LONG shackle bolt that goes thru the framing helps a lot.........
But if someone wants IN they will..........
and everyone has glass windows, easy to break. easy to enter
probably better to get a security system....
I have replaced a couple doors with steel ones, the wood ones leaked
air and were beat from being 60 years old.
another one gets replaced this year in our kitchen.
the home depot lowes ones appear fine, are low cost look good and
Only if they are targeting you specifically. Otherwise,
they will break in somewhere easier.
It's like when I was photographing a black bear along Skyline
Drive. I wasn;t too worried even as the bear approached us
as black bears are usually timid. But if it did attack I knew
that although I couldn't outrun it, I could outrun the pregnant
lady standing next to me so I wasn't worried.
My security system is an Airedale mix. But when someone
knocks on the door she charges it like she's going to tear
their ass off.
In a neighborhood not far from here a number of people had their
doors kicked in. One lady had a steel door. Pictures were knocked
off her walls, but the door held. Sometimes the bad guys are
lazy. More often than not, I daresay.
There are steel doors and steel doors.
The cheapest is an ordinary door that's clad with thin steel instead of wood
veneer. Next up is a steel door that's clad with REALLY thick steel (and may
have a concrete filler). These are often used as fire doors.
Then there are security doors - and there are two kinds of these.
The first is a door designed to prevent unauthorized entry. A step-down from
a bank vault, but extremely durable and sturdy. Think multiple locking bars
on all four sides, defeat-resitant locks, tool-proof construction, etc.
The second is an additional door, like a screen door, but made of steel
bars. A "burglar-bar" door, if you will.
I'd check with local cops, alarm companies, and businesses for providers in
Interestingly, the Texas prison system makes security doors (and lots of
other stuff). Visit
and search for "door." (The TDC also grows/raises virtually all of its own
food - except for odd stuff like pepper or tea).
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