Re: Window Security Film

From: DaveP
Sent on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:59 AM

Hi all - I've been doing some research on home security.  After I found out how easy it is to get through big-box store brands of deadbolts (with no sign on forced entry) via a technique called "bumping" (some videos show how easy it is here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=deadbolt+bumping), I've looked into deadbolts that aren't so easily defeated.

Here are some that come recommended (aside from electronic ones which I personally don't trust):    Abloy and BiLock brands.

Info:

http://www.bilock.com/pickbumpproof.html

available here (also on Amazon, but that just points you back to the same folks)

https://securitysnobs.com/Deadbolts/

these guys also have a decent Best Practices page here:  https://securitysnobs.com/Best-Practices.html

Also, it turns out that the security and/or locks on most budget firearms safes are trivial to defeat:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gun+safe+picking

Hackers even had a presentation about it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIJFQO4DIxw

The hackers had the hardest time with this safe: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001T29C2K/

Now, having Ft Knox for a front door is great, but if you have a large window accessible right next to it, not so much.  That's where window security film comes in - it's a plastic sheet that you install to make it *much* harder to break through the glass.  In fact, the site Reddit had a smash-and-grab burglar say that was, after a properly installed deadbolt, *the best thing* you could do to protect yourself: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/eewou/iama_retired_cat_burglar_ama/

There are a couple of brands, 3M and Madico are big, but I think they only sell via authorized resellers.  Remlor is the brand for DIY'ers it seems, and is available on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_kk_2?rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Awindow+security+film&keywords=window+security+film

Video showing effectiveness of window film:

3M:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG6nQZ_SwFA

Madico:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Maph1a2qFf4

and others: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=window+security+film+demonstration

How to measure your windows for film purchase:  http://www.diywindowsecurity.com/measuring-windows-security-film.php

So, does anybody want to get some with me?  You can get it by the yard on Amazon - would be cheaper and save on shipping...if so, please message me!

Stay safe!

DaveP

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