This question came in from the securebarholder mail bag.
The reader wrote “couldn’t the thieves just cut the 2 x 4, and they’re in?”.
Absolutely they could. Security is a funny thing. It is best thought of in terms of margin costs and marginal benefits.
So, before I invented my bar holder kit for my own shed, all a bad person would have to do is to bring a crow-bar.
So for the cost of a crow-bar and maybe 10 seconds, they could get into my shed.
After my bar holder kit, they have to up their game and bring a saw. I use a hard cedar 2×4 so unless they bring an electric it is going to be hard going.
I’ve had some people say “use a steel 2×4”.
But my shed is made of wood. Bad guys can can bring a saws-all and go through my wall or door anyway. So no point in protecting the shed with a kit that goes beyond the shed’s capability anyway.
I would say the MAIN uses of the 2×4 secure bar holder kit – or the plan 2×4 bar holders are:
- Secure a shed from CASUAL thieves.
- Protect children from getting into chemicals or other dangerous things
- At least demonstrate to the neighbors that they should at least ask before grabbing tools
- BETTER way to close the shed than many 2 door shed latch systems – and simpler too.
- Forgetting about the locking tabs, people use the open, closed, end caps, etc for:
- Bar Holder inside their houses for front door or bedroom. Many people call these door security bar brackets
- Trailer keepers – you use these to put 2×4 in to make your flatbed trailer have sides
- Removable stair hand rail holders
- I had one guy tell me his use was “secret”.
Anyway, hope this helps. Great question!