While not every door has a deadbolt, these locks are still immensely important. Protecting your home, family, and business has become even more crucial lately, so taking every measure you can is always a good idea.
Let’s begin by examining the advantages of using deadbolt locks to bolster your security levels. Locks without deadbolts can be opened by industrious intruders who are determined to break in – some techniques include lockpicking, bumping, and simple brute force. Don’t let that happen to you! A deadbolt is larger, heavier, and sturdier than a conventional lock-and-key mechanism. It represents an extra layer of protection! Because of how dense these locks are, they stand up better to intrusion. When it’s time to get your home assessed for some new locks, speak to a locksmith you know you can trust to make that assessment, and even if you have deadbolts on all of your doors, there’s no reason why you can’t upgrade your locks!
How Deadbolts Work
Deadbolts are made from reinforced steel, which already makes them stronger than the average lock that is made of a different metal. Despite what you may think, deadbolt locks are actually quite affordable, and depending on if you live in a home you own or you live in a rental community, you may find that deadbolt locks are already installed on your front doors, even if they aren’t available on the other doors offering access in and out. The deadbolt slides into place when operated; it goes into the doorjamb. Then there is what is called the striking plate that binds every component together. Studs and screws may seem insignificant, but they are essential to making sure the lock is secure, and if they come loose, that may represent a potential flaw in the lock-and-key system that presents a vulnerability.
Using Two at Once
Single-cylinder deadbolts work differently than their double-cylinder counterparts. One deadbolt opens and closes through a slide lock and one key; double-cylinders, on the other hand, need multiple keys to open and close and secure the lock. Make sure the keys are easy to find, especially if you need to use a key to open the lock from the inside; otherwise, it could be harder to escape from an emergency like a house fire. Then be sure that everyone knows where to find the keys – if they aren’t kept in one central location, then it’s time for a family meeting!
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