Best door lock system?
I am looking to upgrade an entry door with something a little hardier than my current quickset (non deadbolt) lock. It seems to me that typical key/lock systems you’d get at home depot are easily circumvented by anyone with lock pick knowledge – just browse youtube. So I figured I’d ask the community here what types of lock systems you use that may present a little more difficulty to the average miscreant.
I’m considering a traditional key/deadbolt system or a electronic keypad/deadbolt system.
If your question is purely about swapping out door lock hardware, I’d say getting the highest quality deadbolt lockset you can afford (even from a Lowe’s or Home Depot) is the answer to your question. You get what you pay for, and I’d expect to pay at least $75. As a police officer I have NEVER been to a burglary scene where the criminal picked the lock. That takes knowledge, skill and practice (which all sounds like what burglars are trying to avoid: hard work). It just so happens, though, that the higher quality modern lock sets have features making them much harder to pick (but, really, lock picking is the least of your worries). If you’re interested in the broader and bigger subject of door security, read on.
1. For more ideas, read my second post on home security in the “What Should I Do” blogs on this site: http://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/fortifying-yourself-and-your-home-against-crime/56117. Once the Chris Martenson site is redesigned and upgraded (any day now), I’ll have a wiki on it about home security. In the meantime, here is some of that content.
2. Swap out all the screws in your door system: jamb/frame, hinges, strike plate with 3″ or 3-1/2″ screws. You can kick in a door and most of the time reuse the lock in a new door afterwards. The short screws tend to rip out of the wood easily allowing the bad guy in while your door hardware is still in good shape.
3. Reinforce your door (hinge side and lock side) and your jamb with steel. A good example is armorconcepts.com.
4. Install two deadbolts: one above the door knob, and one below the door knob.
5. If you really want to go “whole hog” install a Fox Police Lock: the absolute top choice for those who live in REALLY bad neighborhoods. http://www.nokey.com/foxstylpollo.html It takes even a Fire Department or SWAT team a lot of time and noise to overcome these locks.
6. Swap out your whole door system with a new steel door in a steel frame with some of the above hardware options.
7. Install a steel security door with a steel frame on the outside of your entry door.
8. Install an alarm system. Most burglars are opportunists (not professional criminals who have actual skills and go in for detailed mission planning). Most burglars won’t even attempt breaking in to a house with an alarm system, and many of those who do run away as soon as they hear the alarm sounding. You could almost leave your door unlocked if you have a good alarm system.
9. When you want to be extra secure while you’re inside your home, install a “Door Club” http://www.theclub.com/catalog/the-door-club-p50.htm, or a “Katy bar” system: http://www.katybar.com/home-security.html.
10. The ultimate in door security is making sure that at all times there is behind your door a household member who is armed, trained and mentally prepared to repel home invaders using surprise, speed and violence of action!
“May the odds be ever in your favor!”
Thanks for the detailed reply.
“As a police officer I have NEVER been to a burglary scene where the criminal picked the lock.”
Thats a great point i didn’t quite appreciate. I’m interested in upgrading since the lock I have on the door now is pretty lame. It’s not even a deadbolt. Since I’m upgrading I’m willing to spend a little more for quality and effectiveness. You’re post has some great info and gives me a good blueprint to work off of. I think I’ll end up getting a good quality deadbolt and perhaps replace the screws. I look forward to your wiki.
I agree with neutrino, great info thc0655! Thanks for sharing your knowledge of home security!
thc0655 is right on the money.
As a former carpenter/handyman, I can’t recall the number of doors I was called out to REPLACE simply because the thief simply applied a boot to the door, splintering out door, jamb and all…..deadbolt still locked and sticking out of the door !
If you plan to beef up a door, RE-INFORCE the jambs with steel or you are wasting your time, IMHO. Even longer screws thru the striker plate that reach into the stud behind the jamb are only marginally effective…..requiring two kicks versus one.
After the door, the next place to beef up are windows. I can remove the entire window from many houses before you can get the keys out to unlock your deadbolted doors.
In fact, IF I want in your house, I’m going to get in…..simple as that. So spend money on a good alarm, a “yip-yip” nervous little dog ( Chihuahuas and poodles are GREAT for this ), and a shotgun.
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I want it so one person can’t claim 2 or more doors just one please tell me if this is possible thx. Ps I could use the feature of it maybe auto making the sign when you lock the door.
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Hello! I know you mentioned possibly searching for an electronic lock. I find fingerprint door locks to be great in deterring theives. They typically all come with a key override but the places to put the key are typically hidden. You could look into the BioBolt X2 Deadbolt or maybe the DL210 deadbolt and singlel latch. Just a suggetsion.
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