How to improve your front door security – Deadbolt Locks
Just like all of our posts in this series, this is a quick note before we start: There is no definite way to keep burglars out, only ways to prevent them from doing so. At AssuredEntry we have put together a little guide on how to hinder, discourage and put off potential burglars from entering your Henley based home or business. This is the fourth post in a series of 5, where we go into the top 5 tips to keep your home safe – Install a deadbolt for a wooden door.
Did you know that two-thirds of burglaries involve forced entry? Most of which include kicking the door in or prying it open. Therefore any door that has been secured without a deadbolt lock often serves as an alluring target or easy target for intruders.
Doors are only as strong as the lock that keep it shut. So you need to make sure you have the best lock available to your budget. And if you have a wooden door, you need to make sure that the lock extends deep enough into the door frame as possible. This will make it harder for people to kick through it or other types of forced entry to occur.
At a minimum your bolt should be 2/5 centimetres in length. You don’t need the most expensive deadbolt out there but it’s probably worth not getting the cheapest. Spending a bit more could be the difference between a successful break in and an unsuccessful one.
Here are some other reasons why deadbolt locks can provide more security than traditional locks.
- Grade 1 Rated Lock. One of the best ways to be 100% certain that your deadbolt is strong enough to provide the security you need is to look for a lock and deadbolt with a Grade 1 rating. Locks are typically graded from 1 to 3, with a Grade 1 providing the best residential protection for homes and apartments.
- Deadbolts Are Resistant To Saws. Most deadbolts are designed with movable internal pins. When a burglar attempts to break through a deadbolt lock by sawing it, they encounter these pins and the saw only spins the pins around, but won’t make any meaningful progress in getting through the deadbolt.
Asides from increasing the security level of your home or apartment by having deadbolts locks installed by a reliable and competent locksmith, you can also have your locksmith help you with the installation of metal lock guards for additional security. Metal locks guards are meant to surround the lock in the door and make it much more difficult for a burglar to try and twist the lockout with the aid of plier or wrench.