Are door chains any good?

Are door chains any use? I want to improve the security at my elderly parents home, when people call at the door. But chains seem a bit flimsy.

Asked by Kamil on 19th Dec 2022
Expert Trade Answers
Better options out there. Bar style versions tend to offer more security.
I’d recommend getting a doorbell/camera or even a spy hold fitted.
Once the door has been opened it would be hard for an elderly person to close the door against an intruder
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Answered on 19th Dec 2022 - Member since Dec 2022 - report
"Door bars are better but they can only be installed on flush fitted doors"
Answered on 19th Dec 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"They are an added part of security but not the strongest. I would add a high security mortice lock or cylinder depending on door you have"
Answered on 13th Apr 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Hi, I believe a chain is used to open door enough to identify who is there before it is unlocked. A little door view/spy hole would be the cheapest solution, if your feeling fancy a Ring door bell will allow you to identify and talk to the person before you unlock the door. Or a little video intercom system (you may be able to have the door unlock with a press of a button if getting up to the door is a challenge thisbwould requirean electronic lock). As you say a little nudge with the shoulder and it will pop the chain open."
Answered on 19th Dec 2022 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
"Door chains are a good extra security furniture which have good high security ratings and are highly recommended"
Answered on 26th Dec 2022 - Member since Apr 2022 - report
"Personally, I do not think they add a lot to security and there are better routes to assess who is at your front door: ring doorbell is a better option."
Answered on 28th Jun 2023 - Member since Apr 2023 - report
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