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I currently live in an apartment on the third floor, and there is only a single accessible entrance point to the unit, the main door. Currently, there's a standard knob/deadbolt, and I've added a chain guard for convenience. Is there any other additional locking or security system that I could install for greater security? My management is pretty reasonable, so I could probably get away with quite a bit.

I want more between me and The Bad Guys than a single lock and flimsy chain. Thoughts? What are my options?
 

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I currently live in an apartment on the third floor, and there is only a single accessible entrance point to the unit, the main door. Currently, there's a standard knob/deadbolt, and I've added a chain guard for convenience. Is there any other additional locking or security system that I could install for greater security? My management is pretty reasonable, so I could probably get away with quite a bit.

I want more between me and The Bad Guys than a single lock and flimsy chain. Thoughts? What are my options?
Most apartments have either Schlage or Kwikset door locks. Schlage IMO is the better lock but both types have dinky little half inch screws that hold the strike plate in the door jamb. These screws are the weakest point when it comes to forcing open the door.

The first thing I would do is remove one of the screws and take it down to the hardware store and get a couple of the longest replacement screws in stock. This is only a basic first step.

If your door does not have a peep hole get one while you are there.

Here is a more info:
http://www.crimedoctor.com/apartment0.htm
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This is part of my business, particularly with elderly people, helping make their homes more secure. I agree with both Bob's and Bud's suggestions. Bob's suggestion is very noteworthy, whenever I add or replace a dead bolt I always use longer screws on the strike plate with intentions of getting into the framing behind the door jamb where the strength is. Note that Bud suggested "slide bolts" and not the chain latches, the less that door can move initially, the less chance of unwanted entry. Again use the longest screws you can without going through the door, and long screws into the casement which will go on into the framing, hopefully. Another item I recommend, and is inexpensive, is a device (sort of a round metal stick) that goes under your doorknob, on the inside, and has a foot that has a serrated rubber bottom. This device is adjustable for different knob heights, the foot grips carpet, linoleum, and hardwood floors. I've tested these on all of these floors and they work. I've even had the local police give me their opinion-on the job and they recommend them. It's hard for anyone to break down a door with one of these on it. The force is intended to be transferred to the floor. The more resistance, the less likely an intruder will fight the door. They are easily put in place by the elderly. I even place two of these withing a home occupied by a lady in a wheelchair and scooter. I made sure she could put them in place and remove them when needed before I let her pay me for them. NO CHARGE for installation for the elderly, they (and soon to be me) have enough problems. These are found at Lowe's and Home Depot I know, and are around $25 each. I hope all of these ideas help, Thanks, David
 

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If it is a Schlage deadbolt and was properly installed, it will have a 1/8" thick steel plate with two 3" flathead lags to go back into the framing. Remove the brass finish strike to see if it was installed. If it isn't a Schlage, either get one or get a security strike. That has the re-inforcement feature. The strike plate is the weak link. The more resistance you put between you and the guy outside, the less likely he is to try for very long to get in. Force him to make plenty of noise and exert himself. He will likely go somewhere else that is easier and offers less chance of getting caught. Install exterior lighting. Bad guys don't like to be in the spot light.
 

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Yes Bob, that one is very similar to the units I buy and install. As you can see, when they are properly placed, the force put on the door goes down to the floor. IMO, they work really well. Thanks for posting the picture Bob. David
 

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go rent "Burglar" with whoopie goldberg and bob goldwaith.
the door to her apt. is a good example of solid lock construction....
and the movie's pretty funny too....

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