Today I only had a few jobs and it left me some time to reflect on increasing door security (these are the things locksmiths muse about). A common mantra amongst the security conscious is that your total security is only as good as the weakest link in the chain. A good lock is only as good as the door and the door frame if somebody kicks your door.
The good news is that you don’t have to be a locksmith or a genius to improve your door security. You can certainly call a pro and get it done right probably, but you can also just buy a strip of steel and cut holes in it and screw it into your doorframe. One of my favorite sites has a walkthrough for how to do this.
Illustrating the idea is this wonderful video from a “master locksmith” in Atlanta:
I can also install a door jamb reinforcer for $60. As mentioned above, you can do this yourself by screwing a strip of steel with holes for your strikes. Or you could buy this thing for the same price as I charge to install one.