Commercial Door Latch Guards

The Importance of a Door Latch Guard

Commercial Door Popped Open Using the Latch

A latch guard is a sheet of metal that covers the latch on a commercial door. Most often, they are installed on doors to prevent someone from either:

  • Prying the door open or
  • Push the latch back so that it is no longer holding the door closed

The goal of prying open a door is to move the frame of the door just enough away so that the latch pops out of the frame and the door opens.

Pried Open Commercial Door

This is usually accomplished by a breaker bar or some other long narrow object being inserted in the crack at the latch location.

Door latch guards prevent objects from being inserted into the crack near the door’s latch, thus the gap can’t be pried open enough for the latch to pop out.

Door latch guards also correct a problem where the commercial lock was installed incorrectly. When a lock with a latch lock is installed correctly, the latch cannot be pushed back into the door because a safety plunger is engaged that prevents this from happening.

Unfortunately, many commercial locks are not installed correctly and the plunger has not activated this safety feature. When this is the case, the latch can go back into the door using nearly any flat object to slide it over. A door latch guard stops this from happing.

Our YouTube video demoing the Importance of Installing Locks Correctly shows exactly how this is done to open a door in just a few seconds.

Are Door Latch Guards Overkill?

Absolutely not. Our commercial lock service was recently called out to this business. This is a building’s exterior fire riser room door.

Almost all Arizona commercial properties have a fire riser room. There was no latch guard installed on this one making it easy pickings for the robbers.

Latch Guard Installed on Commercial Door to Prevent Prying Door Open

We were called out to perform emergency commercial service to secure this door.

Once the robber opened this fire room, he cut a hole in the drywall to gain access to the adjacent business.

Unfortunately, the business was cleaned out.

This is the door after we finished the latch guard installation. Simple fixes can make big security improvements. Don’t skimp on door latch guards!

Door Latch Guard Installation

Latch guards should be a standard features on all commercial doors.

If you don’t protect the door latch, and the lock isn’t installed correctly, any stiff card can be used to slide that door right open. This includes credit cards.

ACME Locksmith installs commercial door latch guards so people stay out of your business.

door latch guard installed
Installed Latch Guard

In this simple door modification, our locksmith drill a few additional holes through the door. Heavy duty bolts are then installed to keep the guard in place, even under the most significant force, so the guard can’t be pried off. The entire installation of this door hardware will take under an hour.

We should also note that the entry lever on this door is a clutched lever. That is, it will turn freely even in the locked position. This prevents the lever from being kicked or hit with a hammer in order to break it. The handle just rotates and the door lock stays secure.

The Other Product Needed on Commercial Storefront Doors

There are two techniques that are used to get easy access to commercial storefront doors. One is a latch guard, the other a torque collar.

See our article on Commercial Storefront Door Reinforcement for videos watching us gain access to a business in under 5 seconds using when those two products are not installed.

Glass Door Torque Collar
Watch Our Storefront Door Security Videos