When performing conventional forcible entry the basics still apply.
- Gap – Create a gap between the door and the frame.
- Set – Set your tool to properly.
- Force – Apply force to defeat the locking mechanism and open the door.
However, some locking mechanisms are not easy to defeat on the initial application of force. This may require the tool to be reset for an additional force. This is an area where retaining what you’ve gained can make forcing the door easier. Instead of completely removing your tool to reset it, insert a door chock to maintain the gap you’ve created. Once the chock is in place, reset your tool and apply force again. Depending on the construction, lock and door type this method may get you through the door in one or two attempts. Try it the next time you find yourself performing conventional forcible entry.