by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
Some statistics say that 70% of burglaries start out with an intruder kicking down a door, or at least doing something to force it open. Surprisingly, it is not that difficult to break down a door if you know how to do it with the least amount of effort!.
Criminals are experts in these sorts of things and make it a point to find the quickest, easiest way into your home to rob you before you even know they are there. You probably don’t really want to test the techniques described in this article, but knowing how a burglar would do it can help you beef up your entranceways so they support your electronic home security equipment.
The first thing to do is check for the direction the door naturally swings. It’s easier to kick in a door that swings inward. Doors that swing outward sometimes have hinges on the outside that can be removed with a screwdriver. If this is the case it’s no big deal to remove the door.
The easiest door to break is a hollow core wooden door with no reinforcement around the door knob. It does not take much force with the heel of your boot to bust it open. No need for fancy footwork or taking a running leap at the door.
A solid wood door can require a bit more force but not that much more if the area around the doorknob is not reinforced with a metal plate. You can still kick it with your heel or you can use a crowbar to give it a good whack. Same thing goes for a solid core door with a wood laminate exterior and a chipped wood core. Use the same technique for a softwood door with a thin metal covering.
The toughest door to kick down is a hollow metal door. They are heavier and require quite a serious blow with maximum force. They typically have reinforced edging and lock mount areas. The only thing that might make it easier is finding a metal door with a flimsy metal doorframe that can be pried with a crowbar.
This just shows you how simple it can be for a thief determined to enter your home even when you have locked your doors. Make sure you have your home security sensors armed before you leave home. They may be all that stands between a burglar and your valuables.