Can Security Screens Be Forced Open?

Just how tough are Australian security screens? Can they be forced open by kicking or using bodyweight to push? What about if a tool is used?


If you have a security element in your house, it’s important to be able to trust that it does what it says it will, right? If you’re moving into a new home or considering renovations on your current property, you may be tossing up between a standard screen door or Security Door Melbourne. Does the security door really offer a significant uptick in defense compared to the screen? The short answer is yes. Nothing is indestructible, but a premium model security door comes close to it.

Can they be broken into?

Technically, yes, but it will require exceptional force and time. For the common burglar, no. In surveys conducted with convicted burglars, the vast majority agreed they needed to break into a home in less than five minutes, or they would probably move on rather than risk getting caught. A true security door is designed to withstand a break-in attempt, even using heavy-duty tools.

Does your door meet regulations?

Make sure your security door is of sufficient quality by checking to see if it’s met the Australian Standards. AS 5039 is the primary standard of Australian testing for security doors and means that all doors with this claim must have been put through the following tests:

  • A shear test that simulates an intruder using cutting pliers to tear through the screen;
  • A pull test that simulates a burglar attempting to pull the security door off its hinges;
  • An impact test that simulates a robber leveraging his body force against the door;
  • A knife shear test that simulates a knife slashing against the security screen;
  • A probe test that simulates an intruder trying to reach through a forced hole through the screen to unlock the handle;
  • An anti-jemmy test that simulates a burglar using a screwdriver or similar tool to prise the security door open

Jim’s Security Door’s ScreenGuard and PerfGuard models both carry this standard rating, so you can have faith in the way they’d stand up against a potential intruder.

Your material choice matters

You can better your chances of your security door being impenetrable by the material you use. Aluminum is the most common material used for security doors and is a lightweight and affordable but still resilient metal. If you’d like your entry to be even stronger, consider getting your door made out of steel.

Sliding doors

Whether or not your Security doors are sliding or not may have an impact on how difficult it is to break into. An in-wall sliding door would pose an extreme impediment for an intruder as they would have no hinges they could reach to try to take apart. Traditional sliding doors do have the disadvantage of being on rails or rollers – a burglar’s technique may be to try to dislodge it from its rails to enter your house. Jim’s Security Doors offer a pin-bolt lock that would make it a lot harder for someone to try to take the door off its rails.

Getting your security door installed

It may seem like an opportunity to save a dollar, but getting your door professionally installed is the best way to know it’s been put on securely. An incorrectly installed door will cause even the most rigid type of screen to be a flimsy line of defense. You can get a free quote on your door and installation and Property Conveyancing Brisbane package from Jim’s by calling 13 15 46.

Your choice of latch

All of Jim’s Security Doors come with a standard key-operated latch, which in most cases should be more effective at keeping you safe. If you live in a high-crime neighborhood or are particularly worried about a break-in, you can upgrade this to a super-secure triple-door latch.

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