Often folks do not spend much time thinking about the locks on their doors. Unfortunately, that is a mistake which far too many people make every year. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, there are over 200,000 cases of home break-ins in Australia every year. That is more than 500 break-ins every single day. This is a startling number; perhaps it is the right time to consider some crucial points regarding deadbolt locks and how they can keep you and your belongings safe.
Locksmiths all over Australia agree that a deadbolt is the best sort of lock you can have on your door. A deadbolt will help protect you from the three most common ways that a criminal would breach your lock.
- Lock Bumping
- Forced entry
No Longer Works
The first reason someone would need a new deadbolt is to replace a broken one.
Here are signs that you need a new deadbolt for your door.
- Key will not turn to lock or unlock the door
- Your key spins in the lock and nothing happens
- Your key is stuck or broken in the lock
If you are unhappy with how your door looks with its current lock, you may choose to replace it. A word of caution, before you change a perfectly good deadbolt for aesthetic reasons only, be sure that the replacement lock has the same strength as the lock you are removing. There are countless reports of times that homeowners decide to change the look of their lock, but the new lock compromised their security. Always be sure that a new lock has the same or higher rating as the lock you are replacing.
Improved Security and Function
Whether your old lock shows signs of aging or wear, or if you are concerned about recent nearby break-ins, you can improve your peace of mind with a new deadbolt. As you can see in the video, replacing a deadbolt lock is a straightforward project that does not require much time. This simple act will improve your safety as well as your peace of mind.
The type of door
It is necessary to know what kind of door you have so that you get the right deadbolt. If your door is a heavy-duty material, such as solid wood, these doors are secure and would work well with a single or double cylinder deadbolt. On the other hand, a door which is wholly or partially glass requires a double cylinder deadbolt to lessen the chance of a break-in. If you have a hollow door, the highest quality deadbolt will make little difference if an intruder attempted to kick it in, or otherwise break through the door.
Adding a new lock or replacing an existing deadbolt
Here you have two different scenarios depending on whether you are installing a replacement lock versus adding a new deadbolt to a door. If you are replacing an existing deadbolt, your door is cut to fit and strong enough to support a new lock. However, be sure that you have carefully measured to be sure the new deadbolt will fit correctly. If you do not have a deadbolt in place, be sure that your door is sturdy enough to hold the new lock. Hollow doors are not made to bear the weight of a deadbolt. Additionally, you weaken the door when cutting to install a new lock.
You may want to consider other enhancements to your door security when you replace the deadbolt. Adding a more extended strike plate to disperse blunt force is always a good safety improvement, as are using longer screws and hardware covers to help resist breaking the door.
Traditional or Electronic
Experts differ in opinions when asked if an electronic lock is superior to a conventional deadbolt. Both devices are only as good as their manufacturing and installation. The choice often comes down to deciding if either type of lock could make your life easier. Many owners of electronic locks appreciate not searching for door keys. At the same time, people with traditional locks are glad they have no worries about power loss or technical malfunctions.
DIY or professional installation
Many homeowners are do-it-yourself types and are happy to head to the nearest hardware store to purchase and install a new deadbolt. The video shows that while it is not a complicated procedure, installing a deadbolt requires some know-how and the proper tools. If you choose to purchase and install your lock, remember that lock prices do reflect lock quality.
Opting for a locksmith can make getting new locks a fast and painless experience. Additionally, a locksmith can advise you on other aspects of security.
Keeping yourself, your family and your possessions safe is a priority; a quality deadbolt can help.