Most of us think that if we lock our windows and doors at night, the four walls that surround us while we sleep will sufficiently separate us from those who wish to come in and do us harm. We believe that if we just turn that deadbolt snugly into it’s place, our home is made an impenetrable fortress. Well, practically, am I right?
I myself was guilty of harboring this false sense of security up until recently. Obviously I realized that my windows could be broken, but I relied on being alerted by the sound of breaking glass to give me enough time to prepare to protect myself and my family.
We even installed peep holes in the front door, so that myself and our kids could look through them and be sure not to open the door to a stranger. A criminal could only get in if I opened the door for them, so I thought.
Some of us even sleep soundly at night trusting that a security alarm will go off if somebody ever tries to break in, we take comfort in knowing that the police will be on their way if the alarm is ever triggered.
But what I never realized was just how vulnerable we’ve actually been all this time. I never knew how easily a standard door- even a deadbolted door– can be kicked in, WITH ONE KICK.
One kick! Do you realize what that means? One kick means that you won’t get a warning before an intruder is standing in your living room. One kick means that by the time your alarm system is going off, that man is already in. And he typically has about 10 minutes to do what he wants before he has to worry about police possibly arriving.
Consider these sobering FBI statistics:
Every 12 seconds a home is invaded
85% of all break-ins are through the door
67% of all burglaries involved forcible entry
38% of all assaults occur during a home invasion
60% of all rapes occur during a home invasion
70% of burglaries involve residential properties
Burglaries happen between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Home Invasions happen between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Only 12.4% of burglars are ever caught, charged and convicted
I don’t know about you, but this scares me. I always thought I’d have time to react. I always assumed I would get a warning before an intruder could step foot in my home.
But watch this… watch how easily someone can kick your locked door in, and then learn about a product that can potentially save your life:
After watching several videos demonstrating just how easily my front door could be kicked in, and reading stories of women home alone who suddenly had an intruder standing right in front of them within a matter of seconds, I knew I couldn’t just ignore this information. I had to find something to better protect our home.
I did a lot of reading, and searching for the right product. I looked at steal doors with steel frames, but they are all very expensive. But then I found a couple of different companies selling steel reinforcements for your existing door. Some were still very expensive, and some did not look very well made. But there was one product in particular that stood out among the rest- The Door Sentinel. I gave the owner of that company a call to ask him more about his product. After chatting for a good 45 min. with this amazing man, I was won over by his passion for home security and the pride he takes in his product. He agreed to allow me a chance to review the Sentinel and share my thoughts with you all.
As soon as the package arrived, my husband eagerly set to work installing it. We weren’t sure if it would fit on our door frame, as this home is a modular, but fortunately it was a perfect match (fyi, the Sentinel would not work on a typical mobile home door).
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If you watched the video, you saw how these pieces are installed. Basically, you screw the plates over your hinges, the side of your door where the lock comes out, and over the door frame where your latch goes into the frame.
Jerry had a little trouble getting the super long screws into the door frame, only because his drill wasn’t the best. But he was able to get them in with some grunt work. It was actually reassuring to me to see just how well those screws were in the studs- they aren’t going anywhere!
It wasn’t long before the entire door kit was assembled. Obviously, I haven’t attempted to kick our door in to test how well it works… however, just being able to physically hold the product in my hand, and to see how sufficiently the steel pieces shore up our door frame, I tell you friends, I’m not worried at all about somebody breaking in through my door any longer. That’s not to say it isn’t possible; the door itself could split and cave in still. But it won’t be with one kick, and I ought to have time to be ready and waiting by the time my door gave in.
The Door Sentinel is designed for either single doors, or double doors. They also carry a product called The WindowShield- a virtually impenetrable film applied to the inside of a glass door or window. The WindowShield makes it extremely difficult for a perpetrator to enter your home, even after breaking the glass, by holding the broken glass in place and acting as a barrier strong enough to withstand blows from even crowbars, baseball bats, flying rocks, or other instruments a criminal may use to attempt a break-in.
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