Take a Close Look at your Locks


The truth of the matter is that almost no security solution is completely 100% impenetrable. The purpose of locks are to impede the progress of a burglar – and if you impede it enough, they will give up and stop attempting to get inside, or simply fail, if there’s enough layers of security. One necessity is that you get deadbolts installed on your doors – although regular locks provide a modicum of security, a deadbolt can really delay or impede an attempted break-in. If you get deadbolts, it’s important to pay attention to how it’s installed; if the hole in the doorframe where the bolt is deployed isn’t deep enough, the bolt can’t fully extend – and is rendered ineffective.


Analyze the locks on all your windows; if they can slide open from outside, you need to have another form of lock on them. I’m not talking about a latch, I’m talking about a bona fide lock. Also, make sure to check out any sliding glass doors on your property. Patio doors are usually very vulnerable entry points since they are usually behind the house, where neighbors can’t see it. Usually only secured by a latch, as opposed to a lock, and many incorrectly installed sliding doors can actually be lifted up out of their frames. Ensure that you have an additional form of lock on all sliding glass doors on your property – even a door pin would suffice – these help attach the sliding door to the still-standing one, minimizing the potential for the door to get lifted out of the frame.


Make sure to add an additional lock to any gates to the back of your home – you can even have the locks keyed so that your front door key works on this gate lock, to minimize the amount of keys that you need to carry. It’s always smart to have outdoor lighting – this draws attention to any strange activity that might be going on around your property.


If you’re just moving in, or if you’ve never done it before, change all your locks by adding deadbolts to them. As a general rule with locks, you receive what you purchase. A cheap lock isn’t going to provide that much security – whereas sometimes more pricy ones really are constructed out of stronger material, hence the higher price. Don’t fret over fancy add-ons; once you find the perfect lock for you, you’ll instantly know. It’s the perfect balance of strength and construction. When you find the ideal lock for your household, make sure it’s installed correctly, with the proper tightness, and is regularly lubricated.


Even if, when moving into a property, you are told by the landlord that all the locks were re-keyed, there’s a risk of break-ins. Any time you give out your key, to a contractor, construction worker – or anyone your landlord might have given the keys to – is a risk because they might have made copies. Having deadbolts installed is one of the best methods of giving you the ease of knowing that your stuff is adequately protected.


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So you need to buy a new lock. Perhaps you need more than one. Most people looking to purchase locks go to large, ‘Big Box’ style stores like Home Depot. The variety and sheer quantity of locks can be very overwhelming. In order to avoid an unnecessary purchase of a lock not ideal for your situation, it’s best to educate yourself on some of the critical methods of deciding if a lock is right for you before you buy. In this blog post I’ll detail some of the ways you should be thinking about purchasing a lock.


Price and Ratings


You’re searching for the best lock that you can get that serves your needs. Many locks advertise with a numbered security rating – as a rule, ignore this, as they are an industry scale without much use to the average consumer. Additionally, most self-applied “third party” testing is somewhat distorted and does not correspond exactly with the true reality of how the products work. For the most part, a higher price will equal a higher level of security – however there are definitely exceptions, especially when electronic locks are concerned. Smart locks are expensive but not always as secure as a cheaper manual lock. What your money should be going to is higher quality security pins, more durable material, and better construction – not buttons, add-ons, or branding.




Many top name brand locks don’t actually work very well. Other name brand locks that are lesser known might only be lesser known due to a higher price point – which can be associated with a better operating record. As a rule, it’s never really just about the brand name, it’s about how well a lock serves your specific needs.  Often, locks that are cheaply manufactured in China are rife with poor construction and weak structure.


What to avoid with Doorknobs


These front door locks need to have deadbolts for the best amount of security – and if you have any glass nearby, a double sided deadbolt will be necessary. As a general rule you should never simply decide on getting the cheapest possible lock just because it’s less cash – this pretty much ensures that you’re not going to be getting a quality lock. The goal shouldn’t be saving money, it should be finding a quality lock. Always think practically, and avoid purchasing locks with fancy add-on purposes – don’t mix your purposes is what I mean to emphasize. Even if lock picking doesn’t work the first time, after a few attempts it might work, if not just cause harsh damage to the lock mechanism itself, so try to choose a proven quality lock. Also, don’t simply buy locks just because you saw a commercial; commercials are obviously slanted. Try to inform yourself via the internet beforehand of locks with fantastic consumer ratings so you can have an idea of what to focus on.


What to avoid with padlocks


Padlocks are almost always made of a lock body and a shackle – making it removable. Don’t ever buy a general purpose padlock, as too short or too long shackles will provide thieves the proper amount of pressure or leverage to break it more quickly. Buy a lock specifically for it’s superior construction appropriate for your situation. Don’t buy cheap padlocks – as a general rule of business, most companies increase their profit margins by using cheap materials and less complex construction – this results in a weaker lock. Additionally, if you’re adding multiple padlocks to each other, don’t combine identical locks. The strategy of combining locks is only proven to increase your security if you use different lock types. Think of it this way; if someone can break through one of the locks, there’s no reason they can’t do it twice.




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