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How Door Security Systems Can Protect Your Home

By Armor Concepts April 03, 2024

Stepping through your front door after a long day and being greeted by the warmth and comfort of your home is a feeling of safety and security everybody wishes for–a fundamental human need. But with the present reality of crime, achieving true peace of mind within our own walls can be a challenge. 

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, there were an estimated 6.9 million property crimes reported in the United States. Of these, burglary (breaking and entering) accounted for over 15%, translating to a staggering number of over 200k homes violated each year.

Home security remains a top concern for many homeowners. While security systems often include various components like window sensors and motion detectors, a strong first line of defense starts at the most vulnerable point of entry: your doors.

How Door Security Systems Can Protect Your Home

This is where door security comes into play. Door security system is the practice of fortifying your entry points, specifically doors, to deter break-ins and protect your home, belongings, and most importantly, your loved ones.

This blog post explains the various types of door security available, the benefits they offer, and key factors to consider when choosing the right system for you. 


Types of Door Security Systems

Door security systems can be broadly categorized into two main types:  mechanical and electronic.  


Mechanical Door Security Systems: Simple, Reliable, and Effective

Mechanical door security systems are classic solutions that have withstood the test of time. They are generally more budget-friendly and offer a reliable layer of physical protection against forced entry. Here are some popular options:

Deadbolts

Deadbolts are essential components of any secure door. They have a sturdy bolt that extends into the door jamb, providing far greater resistance to forced entry compared to standard doorknobs. Double cylinder deadbolts offer an extra layer of security, requiring a key to unlock from both the inside and outside. 

Door Kick Plates

These metal plates are installed on the inside of your door around the deadbolt area. They provide reinforcement against kicks and attempts to break the door down.

Peepholes  

Peepholes are a safe way to identify visitors before opening your door. They are a simple yet valuable security measure.

Reinforced Hinges  

Standard door hinges can be a weak point. Reinforced hinges gives additional strength and are more resistant to forceful entry attempts.


Electronic Door Security Systems: Tech-Savvy Security Enhancements

Electronic door security systems use technology to provide advanced control and monitoring capabilities. They provide remote access and integration with other security components.


Smart Locks

Say goodbye to fumbling with keys! Smart locks allow you to unlock your door using a keypad code, fingerprint scan, or even a dedicated app on your smartphone. Some models have features like temporary access codes for guests or delivery personnel.


Door Alarms and Sensors  

These systems utilize sensors placed on your door that trigger an alarm if the door is opened unexpectedly or the door is breached.


Video Doorbells

Video doorbells allow you to see and speak to visitors at your door remotely using your smartphone. With video doorbells. you can verify identity before opening the door which can deter potential intruders, and even capture footage for evidence if necessary.

For added security and ultimate peace of mind, consider combining mechanical and electronic security features. For example, installing a Door Armor security kit along with a smart lock provides a powerful deterrent against forced entry attempts.


Benefits of Door Security Systems

There are compelling reasons to invest in a door security system for your home:

1. Deter Burglars and Criminals

A robust door security system acts as a strong visual deterrent, discouraging burglars from targeting your home in the first place.  According to a study by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology, homes with visible security systems are 3 times less likely to be broken into. 

2. Increased Peace of Mind and Security  

Knowing your doors are well-protected provides a significant boost to your sense of security and allows you to relax and feel safe in your own home.

3. Remote Monitoring and Access Control 

Smart door security systems empower you to monitor your home remotely. You can check if your door is locked, grant temporary access to trusted individuals, and even receive alerts if there's an attempted break-in.

4. Potential Insurance Discounts   

Many insurance companies offer discounts on homeowner's insurance for homes equipped with security systems. Be sure to check with your provider to see if this applies.

5. May Increase Home Value

A secure home is a more attractive proposition for potential buyers. Installing a high-quality door security system can potentially increase your home's resale value.


Key Considerations When Choosing a Door Security System

Choosing the right door security system depends on several factors:

Budget

Door security systems range in price from affordable mechanical options to feature-rich electronic models.  Determine your budget and prioritize the features most important to you.


Type of Door (Material, Frame, etc.)  

Not all door security systems are compatible with every type of door.   Consider the material your door is made of (wood, metal, fiberglass), its thickness, and the existing frame construction when selecting a system.

Existing Security System Compatibility  

If you have an existing security system, consider choosing a door security system that integrates seamlessly with it.  This allows for centralized control and avoids the hassle of managing separate systems.

Ease of Installation and Use

Consider your technical comfort level.  Some systems are simple to install yourself, while others might require professional assistance.  Choose a system that aligns with your DIY aptitude.


Smart Home Integration Capabilities

If you're building a smart home ecosystem, ensure your chosen door security system integrates with your preferred platform (e.g.,  Amazon Alexa, Google Home) for seamless control and automation.

Introducing Door Armor: Innovative Reinforcement for Your Door's Security

While all door security systems offer some level of protection, Door Armor stands out as a revolutionary product designed to significantly enhance the security of your existing door.  Here's how Door Armor sets itself apart:

Patented Design  

Door Armor utilizes a unique, patented design that reinforces the strike plate area of your door frame.  This is a critical point often targeted by burglars using kicking or prying techniques.


Simple Installation

Door Armor is designed for easy installation. Most homeowners can install it themselves using basic DIY tools in under 30 minutes.


Universal Compatibility

Door Armor is compatible with most standard residential doors including Fiber glass, steel and wood doors.

 

Cost-Effective Security Solution

Compared to some electronic door security systems, Door Armor offers a highly affordable way to significantly increase your door's security.


Complements Existing Security Systems

Door Armor works seamlessly with your existing security system, mechanical locks, alarms or smart locks for a layered approach to security.


Conclusion

Your front door is the gateway to your home, a symbol of safety and security.  Investing in a robust door security system is an investment in peace of mind. By understanding the different types of systems available, their benefits, and key considerations, you can choose the best solution for your needs.


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