How a steel security door helps prevent “push in” home invasions (video)
Below is a video of an attempted “push in” armed robbery at a marijuana dispensary which demonstrates some important truths about how a steel security door can be used to prevent a “push in” home invasion at your home. Actually, the business and the armed security guard who answers the door bell are using the steel security door bass-ackwards, and that forces the security guard into a completely preventable gunfight. But you can learn just as much, if not more, about how to do it right and how valuable a steel security door can be by watching this event.
The steel security door on this business is one of those cheap, “ghetto bar” installations which might be appropriate for a marijuana dispensary in a high-crime neighborhood but probably not for your home. This is a sample of the kind of steel security door which is widely available for residential installations. You get what you pay for with these, so don’t go the cheapest route (about $99): get heavy guage steel with quality welding installed using 3″ screws. Add a quality locking door knob and deadbolt, and you’re in business. This door sells for under $300, but you can get them for $900+ with brass finishes and other high-end features.
Here’s how you’re supposed to use the door. The steel security door is kept locked at all times. Locking the inner door is optional. When someone comes to your front door, you look before opening the inner door to make sure they’re not obviously armed and waiting for you. (This prevents an assassination attempt by just shooting at you through the security door when you answer: I have seen that done before.) You open the inner door and greet the visitor, keeping the steel security door locked. If you feel safe and you decide to do so, you can unlock the security door and let the person in or accept the delivery they have. If you don’t feel safe, you can simply tell the person to go away, or leave the item to be delivered outside on the ground to be retrieved later. If the person at your door was planning a push in home invasion robbery (like the two in the video were), he/they will go away frustrated because they can’t push through the steel security door (it’s steel, opens outward, and is solidly mounted). The door CAN be defeated in a matter of minutes with the right tools and skills, but that gives you, the resident, time to close/lock the inner door and either escape, hide, call 9-1-1 and/or draw your firearm. The home invader CAN shoot at you through the door but I’ve never heard of that done by thugs intent on robbery (instead of murder) and even dumb criminals know that won’t succeed. All they will accomplish that way is attracting attention and getting the police dispatched in a hot minute. And still the security door is locked and they will not reap any money or valuables for their trouble.
The procedure at the marijuana dispensary was that the armed security guard would answer the door when the door bell was rung. The guard would briefly interview whoever was at the door and only grant them admission if they could display a medical marijuana card. Everyone else would be turned away. This would’ve worked perfectly if the steel security door had been locked. Instead, the security door was UNlocked and the inner door was locked. That’s the bass-ackwards part. When the security guard answers the door bell, suspect #1 already has the security door open waiting for him. The security guard opens the inner door to see if the suspect has a marijuana dispensary card (which he doesn’t). Just then suspect #2 arrives at the door, having timed his arrival perfectly. Both suspects then try to push the security guard back into the store so they can commence the robbery out of the sight and sound of the public. As the security guard pushes back, he sees suspect #2 drawing a handgun so the security guard goes for his handgun with his right hand, leaving only his left arm to try to keep two suspects at bay. Suspect #2 gets off a wild shot at the guard with his muzzle only about 24″ from the guard. And misses. It’s the guard’s lucky day. When the guard finally gets his gun unholstered, he fires two very ill-advised shots at the fleeing felons. (Can you see the headlines? “White racist shoots unarmed black teenager [suspect #1] in the back!”)
The proper use of the security door would’ve prevented this whole incident in two ways. First, the robbers would have known (from watching) that the security door remained locked when the guard came to the door and people without marijuana cards were turned away while the guard remained safely behind steel. Second, even if they hadn’t done any surveillance, the robbers would still have been frustrated by the door when they tried to gain entry. When denied entry by the guard, they might have tried to open the door anyway but would’ve failed and alerted the guard to draw his weapon. Shooting through the door would’ve been pointless, even for a thug. The only options the robbers would have would be: 1) present a marijuana card which they would have to give the guard through the door for a check of its authenticity; or 2) wait very near the door for the guard to open the door for someone else and then pounce. Apparently, those methods were beyond their capabilities or patience.
Notice how the video surveillance system was no deterrent to this robbery attempt and would’ve been almost useless in identifying the suspects if it had succeeded.
Watch and learn from the video. Then get yourself a steel security door.
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If you don't have any way to safely interview people who come to your door, door bell cameras might work for you.
Here's how it worked in one case with the resident at home:
And a few cameos:
Here's an expensive home in a very safe location (Squaw Valley, CA) with at least two large barking dogs which is targeted for burglary by three men. Two of the burglars have handguns in their hands, so they are undeterred by the dogs or the possibility of somebody being home (i.e. they're ready and willing for this to become a home invasion if someone is home).
Notice again how the door gives way to one kick. A steel security door would've slowed them down. Less determined and prepared burglars than these three (most) would've been stopped by a steel security door.
Here's an attempted home invasion out of Killeen, TX that only fails because the low IQ gunmen (or gunboys, in this case) are nervous amateurs who don't have the nerve to pull the trigger, not even at a dog. But don't worry: this was probably their first time pointing a gun at somebody and with this one under their belts, they'll do better the next time (especially since they'll be enrolling and getting top flight training in the Graybar School of Crime for a few years).
The home invaders had a simple plan that worked perfectly to get the resident to come outside leaving her front door open for them to push their way in. One of the robbers broke a window in the residence, and the brains of the operation (the biracial guy at the door) knocks on the door. He tells the female resident who comes outside that he saw someone break her window and knocked on her door to see if she was ok. That whole conversation should've been held behind a locked steel security door or at least behind the closed and locked front door. While the resident is talking to the helpful neighbor, two thugs run up on the resident pointing guns at her. She starts screaming. The thug on our left suddenly turns his back on us: maybe he saw the camera or maybe he was having trouble with his gun. Then the resident's dogs start barking at the door, and the two gunboys RUN AWAY! The brains of the operation posing as a helpful, concerned neighbor is in disbelief that his charges have run away. He stands there for a few seconds considering his options before he too leaves and meets up with the other conspirators. They are all captured a few blocks away in two cars with guns and face masks as seen in the video.
The resident should never have opened her door. After the gunboys run away she asks the helpful neighbor, "Who were those guys?" not realizing he was in on it. Then, after the apparent danger has passed, she says she's going inside to get her gun. She was totally unprepared mentally and emotionally to handle this situation which could've been handled definitively and safely by keeping a locked door between her and the stranger at her door. She is also the typical American gun owner: she doesn't have her gun on her when she most needs it and I'd bet my left arm she has little to no skill with it.
Watch it and weep:
By now, you all have steel security doors and know how to use them to prevent home invasions, because I've been harping on the subject for a while. During the next leg down in our social, moral and economic decline desperate people and emboldened thugs will be trying home invasions to get your cash, precious metals, food stores, and other valuables. An ounce of prevention and preparation now will go a long way toward keeping you and yours safe, even if you live in what today might be considered a "safe" area.
Here's another classic home invasion which a steel security door and the proper tactics would have completely defeated. This incident happened in a "safe" but remote location (at least as far as police response would be concerned). As it turns out, the resident opened his flimsy screen door and was almost victimized. Fortunately, he had a enough time to close and lock his screen door AND the home invaders didn't get it open fast enough. After they got the flimsy screen door open a few seconds later, had they been aggressive enough they could have easily kicked in the main door and proceeded with their plan (see post #2 above on the ease of kicking in doors even on expensive homes), but they ran away with their tails between their legs. Amateurs. Don't you count on being so lucky. Get a steel security door and use it properly.
The home invaders send a lone female to the door to get the resident to feel safe enough to open his door. You can also expect children or teens, a woman with one or more children, a senior citizen, a person dressed in a uniform, or a person in clothing with a business logo and clipboard or briefcase in hand — anything the home invaders think will make you relax and open your door.
Once the resident foolishly opens his flimsy screen door, the three male home invaders, guns in hand, rush the door from their hidden positions nearby. The resident sees what's about to happen and luckily gets the screen door closed and locked, but just barely. When you watch the video, realize that momentary struggle over the screen door may be what saved the resident from torture, rape, robbery and/or death. If there had been a locked, sturdy security door the gunmen probably wouldn't even have left their concealed positions.
And if you own a handgun for home defense, think about where it would have been if it had been you answering the door in this incident. That handgun would have been useless in a safe, a closet, or a high kitchen shelf. To repel a home invasion, the gun has to be on your person when you answer the door. Of course, that's less likely to be necessary if you have a steel security door and use it properly. Otherwise, you'd best answer the door with a gun, kevlar vest and ballistic helmet. I have a steel security door and I'm always discreetly armed when I answer the door, but I live in Killadelphia. Your mileage may vary.
These are always spooky vids and good reminders.
My son was out of his house overnight last month in LA in a " very good area" when someone disabled his alarm, climbed back of house to second floor, smashed slider, ran inside past his bed and bludgeoned safe in closet, couldn't break it open, left. Security arrived…called me on East Coast at 3 AM my time as the emergency call number, second time some sort of robbery has happened to him. A while back, two doors down, his neighbor answered the door in the morning for the "FedEx man" who pushed the door open, shot and killed the family dog, tied up the man and his family as accomplices ran in and started packing up valuables. Somehow the police were called by another neighbor who heard the shots and cops noisily arrived, causing crooks to drop much stuff and run out the rear slider and escape. He has a dog and pistol but only might have had a second of dog growling and then someone would be next to his bed before he could get a pistol. Stopping hard guys is tough.