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Quick and Easy Home Security – Upgrading Your Home Security Locks
It would be safe to assume that nearly all homeowners greatly value protecting and ensuring the safety of their families. Wouldn’t you agree? Preventing intruders from gaining access to the home is of major importance.
Probably one of the easiest and cheapest steps you can take to protect you and your family is to make sure your doors have good home security locks. They protect you when you are in the home as well as protecting your property against thieves when you are not at home. It is also very important to consider the lock type and the placement as these things can maximize their effectiveness.
All effective home security locks should have a deadbolt included with them that will still keep the door secure even if lock is opened with a pick. According to experts, what really makes a quality lock is the area where the bolt enters the door frame, known as the strike plate, in addition to the length that the bolt extends. A bolt needs to measure at least an inch in length to hold up to kicking or someone trying to pry the door open.
Another type of lock is called a double-cylinder deadbolt.
This type of lock is much more secure than a standard deadbolt, but they have a catch: You also have to have a key open them from the inside, not just from the outside. This scares some people because, in the event of a fire other emergency in which you trying to get out the house in a hurry, you may not be able to get out in a hurry. Most members of law enforcement advise leaving the key in the lock (on the inside) whenever someone is home to prevent this from happening.
One of the newest types of locks, and probably the safest, are fingerprint door locks.
These locks work by reading the owner’s fingerprint to gain entry.
They give more security in comparison to standard deadbolts. They do not have a key slot, therefore burglars are going to have a tough time trying to pick them open.
You may be wondering how expensive a fingerprint door lock is, considering how advanced the technology sounds. Not that long ago, you’d only see a fingerprint lock at the house of celebrities and other people with high incomes, due to their extremely high cost. However, just like every other technology, the prices have come down considerably. Most people can find a lock and have it installed for a reasonable amount.
No matter what type of lock you choose, remember a door is not the only way into your house. It is also important to secure your windows and any other entry way. For optimal safety, you may want to consider a home security system.