What's the purpose of a door? A door is designed to allow access to, or exit from, a building, location or vehicle. They can often be locked so that only the right people with a key can get in. Even the strongest forced-entry resistant and bullet resistant doors we produce at Shield don’t serve a purpose if they’re not locked. Opening an unlocked door isn’t forced-entry, it’s just entry.
A major (and often overlooked) component in security is your routine. Failure to develop good security habits puts the safety of you and your loved ones are at greater risk of being harmed and falling victim to a home invasion. The most important of those habits is locking your doors.
According to a 2010 New York Times article, less than half of homeowners lock their doors. Of those surveyed, many who did not lock their doors were surprised to learn that some people found that practice strange.
What's strange is making critical security decisions based on emotion or the sense that you live in a safe neighborhood and as a result aren't at risk.
Most of these people don’t believe they're gambling with their safety and security. Some feel they don’t need to lock their doors because they live in a safe area, because they have a doorman in their apartment building, or because they have never heard of crimes near their home. None of these are good reasons to leave a door unlocked.
Not locking doors is the #1 security sin you can commit. Regardless of who you are, where you live, or what your bank balance is, don’t gamble with your family’s safety. Lock your damn doors.