There are many ways and means to keep your property, whether residential or commercial, safe and secure. The most obvious method, of course, is to make sure all the locks installed are working well. As with anything else, however, there comes a point when the item suffers from normal wear and tear over time. Should this occur, don’t hesitate to replace and upgrade your locks.
A reputable locksmith should be able to help you carry out the changes as efficiently and effectively as possible. More importantly, he can offer you recommendations on what kind of security upgrades are best for your property, based on your needs.
The Importance of Upgrading
Home break-ins remain one of the more common threats to homes in the United States. As a matter of fact, the FBI reports that a house is broken into every 13 seconds in the U.S. This is an alarming statistic to which homeowners everywhere should pay close attention.
Obviously, you must take the matter of choosing security locks for your property as seriously as possible. Not all locks are created equal. Therefore, it is best if you know all of the different kinds in order to choose the right one without second-guessing.
Even better, hire a professional locksmith for this particular matter. You will then have no doubts about your choice of locks and their effectiveness. To get you started, however, following are some of the lock options to be considered.
Traditional Key Locks
This is the most familiar among all lock types. As the name suggests, it takes on the traditional form of a match set for key and lock. Without the key, access is not possible. However, this type of security is the most prone to picking. There are newer models designed specifically to resist lock-picking, however. You can try these if you are dead set on sticking with a traditional lock system.
Most homeowners using traditional locks pair them with deadbolts for added security. While the key lock is able to perform its job in terms of keeping doors securely shut, it does not does not totally fortify the door against break-ins. A kick to the door hinge or jamb can easily render a key lock useless. A deadbolt, which is a much sturdier type of lock and harder to pick, is added to prevent this kind of break-in.
The structure of a deadbolt lock is quite simple. It is usually operated with a manual thumb turn from the inside, which means anyone attempting to access it from outside is exerting a futile effort, as long as they don’t possess the key. As mentioned, some deadbolts are pick resistant. Deadbolts work best with solid wood or metal doors, which themselves add to the security factor.
If you would like to be a bit more modern with your security system, you can implement a keyless entry system. This one renders the ol’ lock-picking skill useless because locks and keys are replaced with key cards or punch-in codes. Depending on the model you get, the keyless entry system may also incorporate an alarm system that sounds off if you enter the wrong code after a particular number of attempts.
Sometimes, this alarm system may also be directly linked to the home’s or business’ security provider, which then dispatches security staff to the property to see whether suspicious activity is present.
Before you choose a lock system for your property, it’s best to first consult with a professional locksmith so you can see systems that suit your structure best. Most importantly, find a reputable professional to repair, replace or upgrade your locks so you and your belongings are protected.
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