Locking Out BurglarsBy Home Security Source Jun 1 , 2010 | 11:50:00 amPosted in: Burglary & Loss Prevention, DIY Safety, Home
Door locks are the first line of defense against burglars, but not all locks are created equal. When it comes to choosing locks, maintaining and using them, you can never be too sure that the locks you’ve chosen are strong and reliable.
There are two types of burglars: professional burglars who ‘case the joint’ by taking time to research their intended targets—some may even come knocking, disguised as security alarm salespeople (never give door-to-door salespeople access to your home or alarm system with out asking for a photo ID and business card) Then there are opportunistic burglars who attempt to kick in doors, look for unlocked homes and break windows to gain access.
To deter the professional burglar and thwart the opportunistic crook, you’ll need strong door locks. To improve the security of weak door locks, replace the metal plate mounted on the door jamb that the lock’s bolt slides into— also known as the strike. Consumer Reports found that replacing a lock’s strike can significantly improve the strength of even the weakest locks.
Another DIY-way to improve door lock security is to replace short mounting screws with longer (3-inch) ones, which will penetrate the door jamb to reach metal studs—providing even more resistance to a kick-in.
However, when it comes to an attack by drill, only high-security locks and deadbolts may be able to fight off the break-in attempt. Good locks should always be one of your first additions as a homeowner, but to better protect yourself from burglars around the clock, consider adding a monitored home security system to better protect valuables and loved ones.
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