Secures your door! Worked well, kept my 3 years old in the house.
One day, before my very eyes, my 4-year-old daughter put a stool by our front door, climbed up and unlocked the deadbolt. Then she opened the door! My wife and I do not want our little kiddos letting in strangers, or wandering out when they choose. We immediately called a locksmith to have a second deadbolt installed “high up” where the kids can’t reach it. The locksmith said he was glad to put in deadbolts but instead recommended Door Guardian. We had never heard of it. He said they were way less expensive than a deadbolt, much easier to install, many times stronger than deadbolts, and that burglars cannot see where they are from the outside. I decided to go for it. Now I’m in love with Door Guardian and have 3 of them (one on each door).
I can honestly say that I give this product 5 stars. It is one of the very few products that I have ever been this happy with. Yeah it was a little hard to learn how to open, but I’m not going to ding the product because I was being special. It has provided me with so much peace of mind I would pay $100/each for them and that is saying a LOT considering how frugally minded I am
Works great to keep my wild toddler inside the house. My two year old knows how to unlock the front door and recently he let himself out and made his way to the pond behind our house before we could catch him. We live in South Florida and with the recent tragedy of a boy the same age getting attacked and killed by a gator I had to act fast to prevent this from happening again. We installed this the day it came in and much to my toddler’s disappointment it works perfectly. Mere minutes after we installed it he tried his escape act and, instead of finding him in a precarious situation, we found him in a temper tantrum coping with the fact that he could not go outside alone. We have a glass window next to our front door and about an inch between of wood trim/casing. Our door opens in. I didn’t have a lot of room to work with using other types of locks like this but this was just right. We use the three small screws included to attach it to the casing. My husband had to bend it out a little because it was a tight fit to close the door. The door itself is being worn where it rubs when we close it, but the damage is unnoticeable when the door is closed and it’s a very small price to pay for saving my child’s life. It’s less damage than you would have with any other lock which requires you to screw holes into the visible outside parts of the door and trim. Nothing needs to be screwed into the door which is a huge plus. The latch easily slides in the locking position and to unlock you sort of pull it out and back. It’s easy for an adult to do and you don’t need much strength. We put it high enough that animal can’t reach it, that is until he figures out how to slide a chair over, but I’m hoping by then I will have instilled a healthy fear in cars and alligators.
I was looking for something that I could install higher on our front door that was easy for an adult to operate but out of reach of our kids.
My son scared us to death a week ago when he unlocked and opened the front door (we didn’t think he could figure it out) and ran out of the house after me. Luckily we live on a dead end-ish quiet street. I was looking at the standard chain security locks or the ones you see on hotel room doors, but then I came across this. (see: The Door Guardian Lock)
It sounded pretty genius, so I purchased and thankfully it worked out great. As you’ll see in the pic, we used it a little differently than advertised. We have a double door at our front entrance, the left being inactive (flush bolts at top and bottom). There was just enough clearance between the doors that I was able to install on the left door without having to mortise. This cut my installation time down to about 3 minutes. I just drilled a pilot hole in the middle and tightens the middle screw enough to make sure the lock was in the right spot (the middle screw hole is wide so you can adjust how far the lock needs to protrude to clear any moulding or casing), then drilled the other two holes and put those screws in. Done. Works great and just what we needed. The white thing you see below the Guardian lock is a door chime/alarm we out on to warn us if the kids do get the door open. We’re paranoid now. 🙂
(5 Star Review)