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Why Deadbolt Your Door
Any Locksmith will tell you it is extremely important to deadbolt your front door. The first reason is that by dead bolting your door you make it a hundred times harder for an intruder to enter. The most basic lockouts for a locksmith are when the customer just let the door slam shut. The technique called shimming (discussed in the previous section) takes about 5 seconds, and that’s it, someone is in your home. The second and most important reason to have a deadbolt, (and use it), is that your front door looks way more imposing with an upper lock. Potential intruders look for weak targets; don’t give them one by dead bolting your door. This brings me to the section “What Lock To Get”. What Lock To Get
What type of lock to get, and how many, depend entirely on your living circumstance. Those living in a rented apartment have different security issues to contend with than condo owners. Regardless of your circumstance, there are locks to serve your every purpose. The first part of this section I will recommend different types of locks. First thing to do when you move in
The most important thing to do when moving into a new apartment is change your locks. You have no idea who previously rented the place or who they gave the keys to. Keep your peace of mind by changing the keys and by adding a deadbolt. In some cases you could get lucky, the previous tenant might have left the deadbolt behind in the door in which case you only have to change the cylinder (tumbler). The qualities of the locks you choose depend on a few factors. How safe is the neighborhood? How are the front entrance doors of the building? What I tend to look for when arriving at the place (in an apartment building) are what type of locks are on the rest of the floor. If I see that a few doors have decent deadbolts and a few don’t, then I would recommend not going crazy with expense. Get yourself something good and reliable like a MulT-Lock cylinder with a deadbolt on the inside.
On the other hand, if I see that many of the doors are fortified, (combined with inadequate security on the entrance doors), I would then recommend installing a better quality deadbolt package. My personal favorite has always been the Multi-Lock or the Medeco Bodyguard (with deadbolt). Both locks are nearly identical in design, the only advantage Multi-lock has over Medeco (in my opinion) is that the lock mechanism never has to be lubricated. Multi-Lock is generally maintenance-free which means it won’t ever jam on you if you forget to oil it every
once in a while. The Multi-Lock is an excellent visual deterrent; a potential intruder would be smart to look for a weaker target. Also, remember that the deadbolt you purchase is your property. It does not belong to the building! It is completely acceptable to take your deadbolt with you when you move. Don’t worry about leaving holes in the door; the majority of move-ins I have gone to have had doors with holes. You will save a lot of money by taking your old deadbolt with you and re-installing it in your next apartment door.