Many people do not know that the plate that your door knob goes into is usually attached with a short screw like seen in the picture. This does not provide adequate protection if an intruder is trying to kick in your door. It is a simple fix and almost anyone can do it. You just need to unscrew the short screw and replace it with a four to five inch screw. This takes the screw all the way into the door jam. It will be harder for someone to kick through it with these in place. Now, that does not mean that they can’t it just means that it will be harder to do so. If you are inside and someone tries to kick the door in it may give you a chance to grab your phone and either run out back or to a secure place within your current location.
We recently ran into a problem with our young daughter. We went to visit relatives and she found her way out of the front door and was playing with the neighbors children. To think of the nightmare that could have happened. I get sick thinking about it.
I couldn’t very well ask the relatives to add child protective locks on their doors. So we had to come up with a simple cheap and effective solution to keep her safe.
We went to the dollar store and bought a rubber main salad bowl. We cut an X in the lid just big enough to force the door handle through. This lid screwed on to bowl tight. So we pushed the lid onto the handle and screwed the bowl on when we went to sleep. For a dollar it was a bit more protection – although not fool proof.