We all want the safest and most secure home possible. It clear why people want their homes secure, but many patrons have no clue that a more secure home can actually save them money on their home insurance. The more secure a home is the less your insurance premiums will be.
There are many lock and security products for private homes. For simplicity’s sake and to keep things more straightforward, this article will only mention the basic kinds of locks that keep private homes safe. These are the only kinds of locks that the typical person is likely to be concerned with as these determine the overall security of your home and not just your front door. Most locksmith’s spend 95% of their door & lock workload servicing the following locks:
These locks are usually installed on main points of entry. These come in three varieties with the single cylinder deadbolt being the most common. The other types are double, and lockable thumb-turn. Single cylinder deadbolts use a key on the outside and a thumb-turn on the inside for convenience. Do not use this kind of deadbolt if your door is close to any windows. If you are not sure if a deadbolt is right for you, call a local locksmith service and invite them to your home.
Double cylinder deadbolts have no thumb-turn and use a key on the inside and outside of the door. So even if your door is next to a window, it still cannot be opened without the key. While it is more secure, the disadvantage with this lock is the problems it can cause during emergencies like fires or earthquakes.
The lockable thumb-turn has both features of the single cylinder and double cylinder deadbolt. It works like a single cylinder deadbolt but the thumb-turn can be locked with a key.
- Knob locks
These should never be used on its own in main points of entry and work best in conjunction with deadbolts. Several homes in America depend solely on these for their security. The weakness here is that the lock cylinder is in the knob and not the door. These can easily be picked or effectively broken off with a swift swing of a hammer allowing easy access even to careless burglars. You should schedule an immediate consultation with a door & lock contractor if this is your only lock on an entry point.
The most recognizable lock in the world, this is the only type of lock that is not permanently fixed in the door. These are available in various sizes and types but are available in two main varieties: keyed, and combination types. Combination locks are actually very easy to bypass. A pad lock is certainly not good for any main entry points to your home. Although a professional locksmith company will have higher end padlocks for sale you should be careful before deciding to use one.
Notably, some padlocks have a shrouded shackle, an extension that raises the sides of the shackle defending it more effectively against bolt cutters.
- Window locks
Window locks are often overlooked. Break-ins through windows are more common than break-ins through doors in several areas. As with most locks types, you have several options for window locks such as latches, hooks, key tracks, and turnbuckles to name a few. To ensure safety, all windows in your home must have locks and must be readily accessible without the use of a ladder. Consult with a locksmith service regarding which window lock is right for you. Your windows are an entry point to your home, so beware of locksmith’s offering cheap or useless window products.
Contrary to what most people believe, career burglars are systematic in their approach and may take days searching for vulnerable homes and looking for its weak points. Installing locks strategically in all the right areas will keep even the most determined intruders out of your home.