Home Security Stocking Stuffer

An Inexpensive Home Security Stocking Stuffer, and Something Much Better

Door Stop Alarm

A Door Stop Alarm is great Christmas Stocking Stuffer. It may seem too simple an item, but it can be very effective, and it’s inexpensive.

It’s great for kids in college, senior citizens, and people that travel.

You just slide it under the door inside your home or apartment. If someone tries to open the door, a loud alarm will go off.

Most have an alarm that ranges from 100 to 125 decibels. That’s louder than a rock concert!

There are many different models on this page. The GE Smarthome model is popular and gets very good reviews. It has a 120 decibel alarm and only costs about $10.

Police and security experts will tell you that loud noise is definitely a deterrent to burglars and thieves.

If you’re in a motel room, apartment, college dorm room, etc., the door security may be questionable,and you don’t know who may have a key to the door.

That is why college students and people that travel for their job, etc., love these.

An Amazon reviewer wrote about a trip to Egpyt where someone tried to open their hotel room door with a key early in the morning.  They had put the door stop alarm on the night before.   The alarm scared the person off – they could be heard running down the stairway.

Something Much Better:

There is something much better for break-ins.  It’s a little more expensive, but you can usually get these for less than $100.  It goes by the name Door Jam Armor, EZ Armor, and similar names.

It’s basically a kit that reinforces you door, making it almost impossible to kick in and force open.  Amazon has a model shown here, that’s similar to the “Door Jam Armor” model shown in the video below, and gets good reviews.

This video shows that even a police Battering Ram could not open the door.  They ended up chopping a hole in the door, trying to get it open.

There is one word of advice about this product. Unless you have good carpentry skills, you might be better off having a professional install this. You don’t need to take the door or hinges off, but it does require a special drill bit to drill holes for long screws – 3 1/2 inches. You should pre-drill the holes for the screws. To get the proper fit and installation, I personally would want to call an experienced carpenter.

I’ll be giving more information about window and door security in future posts.

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