and just kick in the door. We installed these on our doors. They reinforce the door frame to prevent or at least dramatically slow down someone trying to kick in your door.
There should be at least two vertical studs forming the lock side of the door frame. Installing the strike plate with heavier 3" screws will ensure that you are taking full advantage of all of the strength that is there.
it's the tiny little piece of wood behind your deadbolt where the hole was cut in the wood frame. Something to reinforce the frame will make it tougher to kick in than using longer screws. The linked product looks good but I would think it more important to have something on the back side of the frame.
The bolt goes through a metal strike plate into that "tiny piece of wood" called the door jamb (usually 3/4" thick). The strike plate is not going to fail. If all you do, however, is affix the strike plate to the door jamb with 1" screws, then it is quite easy to cause the screws holding the strike plate to the jamb to fail and open the door (basically, you can cause the door jamb to crack). What failed there? The jamb certainly but the only because the screws were not providing sufficient reinforcement.
If you affix the strike plate to the studs behind the door jamb with longer, heavier screws you are no longer relying just upon the jambs for strength and it becomes much more difficult to cause the door to fail.
a two inch dead bolt and three inch screws held despite an attempted kicking/ramming/beating in of the door.
it was a near thing but the Police Officer said the combination of those two was the only thing keeping the door in place.
If they want in they will get in. I secure foreclosed homes and can get into any lock you put on in 30 seconds.
And that if someone really wants to get in, they'll get in. They point is really deterrents (like the alarm system) and delays (like the double-key deadbolt).
My problem is that all the ones I looked at have the keypad only on the outside, so the inside is still the same lever like on a regular deadbolt, so it's not really an improvement in the situation.
Just put the key nearby -- in a cabinet, on a shelf, on a hook -- but not so close that it can be reached from the window and not visible from that window.
My toddler loved opening the deadbolt and making a run for it.
First time I heard it from a police officer giving a safety speech, it made absolute perfect sense to me. A light bulb revelation. I had to convince my in-laws who kept it on top of the door frame. Police officer's response to that was, "And what happens when you knock it to the floor while trying to escape the fire?"