1. What is a KIKGARD?
A KIKGARD, also known as a KIKGARD Shield, is a one-of a kind patented device that virtually turns wooden doorjambs into steel. The Shield is a thin metal piece that strengthens the doorjamb.
2. What part of the Door does the KIKGARD strengthen?
The KIKGARD Shield strengthens the weakest area of your door system – where the deadbolt enters!
3. How does the KIKGARD work?
Without the KIKGARD, as known as the KIKGARD Shield, only ½ inch of wood [where the deadbolt enters the doorjamb to lock your door] has to be broken for an intruder to enter. Instead, the KIKGARD Shield is made in a one-piece U-shape of solid steel, that won\’t bend or break. It encloses the entire width of your whole doorjamb wood, so the intruder would have to break through the whole doorjamb plus the solid steel shield. No one person can do that! The KIKGARD has been tested to withstand a bearing load of over 14,000 lbs. The strongest kick ever recorded was by a 10th degree black belt expert in martial arts at 460 lbs. It also completely encloses the whole doorjamb wood where the deadbolt enters the door.
5. Can you see the KIKGARD and is it visible?
The Shield goes on the back of the doorjamb, so when the trim is installed it is not visible at all.
6. If someone really wants inside my home, can't they get in it anyway?
Most intruders will not go to a lot of trouble or make a lot of noise trying to beat down a door. If they can\’t enter a home within a very short time, they will go someplace else. Most criminals are not professionals. They do not walk around with battering rams, and don\’t usually spend time investigating their chosen locations. If they find a home that is hard to break in to, they will simply go find an easier target. The wisest thing we can do is to make it as difficult as possible to gain forced entry into our homes.
7. Without the KIKGARD Device, how strong is the door from a kick break-in.
There is only ½ inch of wood from where the deadbolt enters the jamb that has to be broken to gain entry.
8. Why is a solid wood door and my deadbolt lock not sufficient?
Solid doors and a good quality deadbolt lock are only 2 parts of your door locking system. They must be combined with a reinforced doorjamb, because it is the doorjamb, not the door or lock that breaks when there is a forced entry. Without effective doorjamb reinforcement, even solid steel doors and the best locks available will not stop forced entry.
9. Should I use the KIKGARD Shield on my doorknob lock and my deadbolt?
Remember – the doorknob latch is not a lock. It is a “latch” with its bolt entering the frame less than 3/8 inch. It is there simply to keep your door closed. Using a KIKGARD here is not necessary. The only way to have a complete door system is to have effective doorjamb reinforcement at your deadbolt. With a one-inch deadbolt lock, reinforced by the solid steel KIKGARD Shield, your door system becomes so strong that forced entry can be virtually eliminated!
10. Is there information on what type individuals are most likely to commit forced entry crimes?
Statistics show that the average burglar is between the ages of 14 and 24. He is not a martial arts expert; usually has no martial arts training at all. These intrusions generally occur on a random basis, usually as an impulse – not some super well planned out crime.
- v A break-in occurs every 13 seconds in the U.S.A. – Most occur during daylight hours
- v 80 % of all intruders gain access through an exterior entry door
- v The average burglar spends less than 60 seconds attempting entry
- v Unless they plan to harm the occupants, they stay inside the home for only about 4 minutes
- v The average response time from police to an alarm call is – – – 12 minutes
- v 38% of all assaults and 60% of all rapes take place during a home invasion
- v Loss of property in non-injury break-ins exceeds $3.1 billion dollars every year
11. How do I install the KIKGARD?
The KIKGARD can be installed by following the manual.
12. Will the KIKGARD line up on double locks with 5 ½ or 6 inch centers?
Yes. If you wish, you may stack the KIKGARD Shield and use as many as you like, but remember that the doorknob “latch” is not a lock and does not penetrate your jamb enough to give any security to the door system. [See Question # 5]
13. Can't I use a single flange device or a heavy metal strike plate with long screws?
Neither of these has been shown to be effective. Single flange devices are only as strong as the screws used to install them. If you look behind your doorjamb, you’ll see that the screws to either device, no matter how long, enter the wall stud only ½ inch away from the inside edge of the wood. The stud is made of soft pine and will easily break away. Heavy metal strike plates are unattractive and only give the perception of security.
14. Is KIKGARD a patented device?
Yes. KIKGARD is patented under U.S. Patent 6,082,049.