A good lock is key to safety

Good lock is key to safetyWith spring coming around in a few months the real estate market is preparing itself to come into full swing again.

For many homeowners it means thinking about sprucing up the entrance to their home and improve its curb appeal in order to get top dollar for the property. When selecting a new door lock it’s important to make sure that it can resist break-in attempts.

To be safe we recommend to follow these guidelines:

  • Make sure you buy a dead-bolt lock. It’s much safer than the key-in-knob lock which can be easily opened with a credit card.
  • Buy a lock with a 1″ long dead bolt and a reinforced metal box strike.
  • Use 3″ long mounting screws for installation to securely fasten the lock.
  • If your budget allows it buy a high-security lock. They do cost more than a standard lock but they do resist picking.
  • If you’re budget is on the lower end find a lock that comes with a sturdy strike plate.

Some homeowners like double-cylinder dead-bolt locks (a key is needed to open whether you’re outside or inside) because a burglar can’t just break the glass and reach in to unlock the door. These locks are not allowed everywhere because they make it difficult to get in or out in case of an emergency. Be sure to check with your local building department before installing this type of lock.

Jim Arsenault is a Connecticut Master Locksmith with 30+ years experience. He is licensed, insured, and bonded. Jim repairs and installs locks at your Connecticut home or business, email Jim or give him a call at 860-678-9797 if you need help with your locks.