Do your locks pass the test? When your home or business is broken into, it will leave you feeling stripped of your sense of security. Questions come to mind as you think how this could happen to you or what you could have done better. A little preparation goes a long way in making sure the security of your home or business is passing the test. Alarm systems help to deter burglaries and police response varies depending on the time of day and what is going on around town. However, your locks should be as much of a deterrent in addition to an alarm system.
Lets take a look at some facts:
- 2,000,000 home burglaries are reported each year in the US.
- Over 65% of burglaries are residential break-ins.
- A Home intrusion occurs every 13 seconds.
- 1 out of 3 burglaries result in assault.
- Police only clear less than 15% of burglary cases due to lack of physical evidence and/or witnesses.
Now, let's take a look at what can help to prevent burglaries from taking place outside of boarding up your windows and setting traps in your house:
- Use a heavy-duty deadbolt with a 1 inch throw bolt.
- Use a quality knob-in-lock set with a dead latch mechanism.
- Use a heavy duty strike plate with 3 inch screws into the frame.
- WHEN YOU MOVE INTO A NEW HOUSE OR APARTMENT, CHANGE THE LOCKS!
If you think that you do not need to change the locks on a new home or apartment, read my previous blog, "Congratulations on your new Home! Who else has a copy of your keys". Now, technology has enhanced our way of life greatly and we will look for those new gadgets that we all love and enjoy and then leave them in a home with old locks. Does this make sense to you? Are you aware of the condition of your lock other than the key works to turn it? I have taken apart a few locks and found rust and worn parts that comprise the locks condition and compromises your security.
So, let us cover the difference between the Grades of locks real quick:
GRADE 3 - Lowest level of security locks allowed and certified to be used on doors of any kind. They do not need to offer pick resistance, fire resistance, or resistance against physical contact. These locks are found mostly on residential homes and buildings considered to be low risk and because they lack specific features, they are the least expensive.
GRADE 2 - These locks are tested two times as much as the Grade 3 locks. They offer some resistance to physical contact and fire. They require a higher tolerance of various parts and are more expensive to manufacture. The Grade 2 locks are not required to offer professional manipulation resistance and are found on residential and commercial properties where security risks are higher and consumers demand a higher level of security.
GRADE 1 - One of the highest levels of locks you can get. They are tested two times as much as the Grade 2 locks, have little to no plastic parts, they have features to resist manipulation/physical contact, and are more expensive.
Wow! That is a lot of information! I am sure each and every one of you have plenty of time to make an informed decision about your level of security and can do it by yourself. OH WAIT! There is only one problem, most of the Grade 3 Locks are sold at your local hardware store and some of the packages do not tell you the grade level of the lock according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Additionally, when you buy a new home, rent an apartment, or set up your new business, there are no tags on the locks to tell you what grade they are. Finally, you cannot upgrade to Grade 1 Locks and leave the standard strike plate in the door frame.
At Veteran Owned Locksmith, we provide a free estimate on how to improve the security level of the locks on your home or business. We can save you time and money by providing you with the best security solution and preserve your confidence that what you work for is safe and secure. Call us today for your free estimate!
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