Choosing the best locks for a home can seem like quite a daunting task with the vast options available! With just a bit of preparation and review before shopping, however, it can be simplified. The first step is to consider the types of locks available for your home.
Generally, the most common mechanical locks are deadbolts, knob locks, and levers. There are also electromagnetic locks available such as those which use keycards for fast and easy entry. Deadbolts and keycard locks are normally used for exterior doors to help secure against intruders and provide added levels of security, while levers and knob locks serve as interior door security.
Most consumers consider the front door and any exterior doors to be most in need of reinforcement to avoid break-ins or burglary. Many experts agree that outside doors should not require more than one lock provided the device in use is a strong and effective one. A locksmith can help to determine if the deadbolt device is the most efficient for a given door, its composition, and its frame.
The age of the deadbolt is also important, as newer models tend to have a more modernized design which is resistant to tampering or being broken or kicked in as easily as older formats. Further areas to review in your home could include the door frames (assess their age and physical condition and replace them to prevent them from being broken or jimmied open), windows which may need alarms attached in case of breakage, and outdoor lighting to prevent overly dark alcoves where intruders can hide.
Many companies offer video monitoring of properties, or you can also purchase and install webcams around your property to view and record the perimeter of your home at any time. Combining all these measures can go a long way to making a safe and secure home for you and your family at all times!
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