For many, the idea of lockpicking may be relegated to the realm of...
Home security is paramount to the safety of your family and your belongings. You might have a high-end alarm system and an arsenal of weapons to defend yourself, but if you're not home, it's relatively easy for a burglar to break into your house. Even with the best security system money can buy, an experienced burglar can be in and out several minutes before police arrive.
The solution, of course, is to make it as difficult as possible to gain entry to your house. One of the most common smash-and-grab tactics thieves use is to simply kick down the door. It's easier than you might think, given the fact that even strong deadbolts are often anchored to soft pine door frames. Most burglars are not going to bother with the finesse of lockpicking—they're going to use brute force.
While observant neighbors might notice someone sneaking around your backyard, most people won't question someone who walks confidently up to the front door. This is especially true if they're clever enough to dress like a delivery driver, pizza guy, or maintenance worker.
Fortunately, there are several easy ways to reinforce your front door and upgrade your home security without breaking the bank. Here's one DIY method that only requires $10 in materials and some time in the home workshop:
Here's another guide from Instructables that shows a similar technique using a plain strip of stainless steel.
If drilling and mounting a metal plate is a little beyond your comfort zone, there are plenty of other commercially-available door reinforcement alternatives. No matter what you choose, it would be wise to consider the possibility of a front door home invasion and prepare accordingly.