Approximately 80% of home invasions happen right through the front door in private homes. This is why it’s important to have a good deadbolt on every exterior door of your home! On this page I will go over some basic information that will help you understand what your different options are when it comes to locks for your home.
When moving into a new home it is recommended that you either re-key your locks or replace them.
Re-keying is essentially taking your existing locks and changing the pins inside of them so that the “old” key no-longer works, while fitting a “new” key to it. Re-keying is a great option when you have existing high-quality locks, since it saves money on parts and labor. In cases where you have existing low-quality locks I would recommend replacing them with better hardware.
This option will cost more initially, but will provide much better security and your new locks will function much better. Don’t forget – if you are already paying a locksmith for coming out – you might as well do it once and do it right! The main differences between high-quality locks and low-quality locks are:
“Lock bumping” has become a recent trend in burglaries. This technique provides a quick and easy way to break into homes without needing a lot of special equipment or leaving any trace of forced entry. It works almost as well as actually having a key. Lock bumping can very quickly open about 90% of American household locks, but it is preventable.
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