Beyond Locks Reinforced Security Strike Door Plate Installation and Review

| August 24, 2015 | 4 Comments

When most people think about door security, they think about locks. How many wafers does it have? Is it more resistant to picks or bump keys? Can I afford the best lock on the market?

The truth is any door knob or dead bolt will fail if the rest of the door is not properly secured.

After a 30-year career as a locksmith, the Chuck Regenold founded his company Beyond Locks. Their products are based on three simple goals:

  • Reinforce the door and door frame
  • Create products that can be installed by anyone with household tools and common knowledge
  • Make the products affordable so that people could upgrade all the external doors on their house

We were fortunate enough to meet with Chuck and he gave us some Beyond Locks products for testing and evaluation.

The first product we’re going to discuss is the Security Strike, an upgraded strike plate that makes your door frame more resistant to brute force attacks. It costs less than $20 and is pretty easy to install once you know an important tip.

Product Overview

The Security Strike is a larger plate than most typical doors and employs much longer screws.

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The larger plate allows for more anchor points that spread out any impact force. The longer screws help recruit more of the door frame to absorb attacks. Fewer, shorter screws in typical strike plates mean the door’s frame can be broken easily — and the strongest, best lock in the world won’t matter.

The Security Strike has eight mounting holes instead of the usual two.

There are six 3 1/2″ long screws and two 1 1/4″ screws. A typical strike plate screw is an inch or less.

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The Strike itself is made out of stainless steel and can be purchased in black or brushed stainless.

Installation

I started my installation with the following items:

  • Black and Decker cordless drill (fully charged)
  • 1/8″ drill bit for pilot holes
  • Sharpie marker for marking pilot holes

by the end, I used:

  • Corded 7 amp drill
  • Bar soap

I was fortunate to have enough room between my door and door frame that I did not have to remove any material from the frame. The Beyond Locks instructions indicate that if you can put a quarter in between the door and frame you won’t need to do any cutting, and this was correct in my case.

The bottom of the instructions suggest adding wax or soap, and this is highly recommended.

My installation would have been much much easier if I used bar soap to lubricate the screw threads from the beginning. My cordless drill didn’t have the horsepower to get the job done when the threads were dry. I am confident that a typical cordless drill would be adequate as long as you apply lube to the screws.

Conclusion

It was easy to install the strike plate once I lubricated the threads with soap. If you want the installation to go as smoothly and quickly as possible, use a more powerful corded drill plus soap on the screw threads.

Even with doing it “the hard way” at first, my installation took about 30 minutes. This also included time getting my different tools set up and moving the camera around for the installation video. I think it would take about 10 – 15 minutes to install the Security Strike next time.

I recommend the Security Strike plate. At $17.50 for the brushed stainless and $19.50 for the black plate, it’s affordable and easy to install.

I know that some of you have already installed longer screws into your existing strike plates, but the addition of six more mounting points makes the Security Strike a clear advantage over stock plates.

If you are considering ways to increase the security of your doors without breaking the bank, give the Beyond Locks Security Strike a look.

We’ll be reviewing other Beyond Locks products in upcoming posts.

Side note: we’re trying to find a way to test the Beyond Locks products without using the doors on our home. 😉

Disclaimer

The Security Strike was provided to us by Beyond Locks for testing and evaluation.

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4 Comments on "Beyond Locks Reinforced Security Strike Door Plate Installation and Review"

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  1. Ethan says:

    It’s worth noting that the benefits of replacing your door’s strike plate go beyond the obvious increase in surface area.

    Most lock/deadbolt/strike plate combos that come standard on a door use EXTREMELY low grade screws. Even though they’re 4″ or longer, the heads will snap off from even moderate strain.

    If you aren’t willing to spend ~$20 on each door to install one of these kits (which you should, its worth it), at least replace the screws on the hinges and strike plates of your doors. A box of quality 4″ screws should cost you about $10.

  2. Z. says:

    Your doorframe looks similar to mine, which is a big reason I haven’t yet installed things like the Door Devil or this product. My eyes may deceive me, but it looks like those 3″ screws are protruding into the vinyl window frame to the left of the doorframe (which isn’t 3″ wide). Any sequelae from that approach?

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