Cosmetic Approaches to Home Security can be Ugly in the end
It's another day of the same routine as you turn the lock on the door, engage the deadbolt, and head off to work. Your home is empty, locked up, and secure.
But is it?
If you're like most American homeowners, you haven't given much thought to how your locks work or even how effective they prevent a break-in. After all, burglaries only happen to the other guy. The United States averages a break-in every 26 seconds, which equates to approximately 2.5 million burglaries annually. It's time to pay closer attention to what's supposed to be keeping your home safe.
First, let's look at that lockset/deadbolt combo that the home builder probably installed. It's beautiful, shiny, the knob turns, and it locks. Great, but can it be trounced by someone that wants to steal your valuables?
Standard construction-grade locksets/deadbolts
Probably. Standard construction-grade locksets/deadbolts are often inexpensive models that provide a locking capability but generally don't cost the home-builder much to install. If you're lucky, you may have a Grade 3 lockset/deadbolt on your entrance door. What does that mean? The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) determines the grades of locksets by evaluating the lock's strength and durability over time. Lock grade is the number of lock/unlock cycles you can expect your safety to complete before wearing out. So, if you have a grade 3 lockset/deadbolt, you can utilize it for approximately 200,000 cycles. It sounds like a lot, but consider the number of times you enter your home daily. If you upgrade to a Grade 1 lockset/deadbolt, you increase the lifecycles to 800,000. Typically, you can expect to pay as much as four times more for the better lockset/deadbolt, but it's a better lockset/deadbolt! However, don't be fooled into thinking that it will be the answer to your security needs. It can be defeated by easily crafted slide-cards that disengage the latch in as little as 60 seconds or readily available bump-keys, which can engage the device as if they were the actual keys. (You would be amazed at the number of "how-to" videos are available on bump-keys and slide-cards online). Oh yeah, there's always the standard front kick that generates enough force to break the wood housing around your door. So much for pretty cosmetic locksets and deadbolts keeping you safe. Pretty? Yes.
Go ahead, really think about it. Think about why you actually "lock" your door. It's to keep people out. You want your home to be an impenetrable fortress so that you can sleep peacefully at night without the worry of unwanted entry. Let's forget the cosmetic exterior appearance of the polished lockset/deadbolt combination that provides us with a false sense of security and implements a device that can prevent forced entry into our home.
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These easy-to-install devices are made of 1045 cold-rolled steel and operate in just one simple step to keep you and your family safe against unwanted entry.
What makes the Bolo Stick RESIDENTIAL door barricade better than a deadbolt?
Location, location, location! This device is mounted at the bottom of the door and secured into the existing floor to make it more resistant to exterior forces. It is secured into the flooring with a solid-steel anchor to provide additional strength and resistance against the inward opening. In contrast, deadbolt devices are easily defeated because they depend on the wooden door framing for support, easily split or destroyed with minimal inward force.
Bolo Stick RESIDENTIAL door barricades are an American-made product designed to keep you and your loved ones safe. Learn more about the complete line of Bolo Stick products at www.bolostick.com
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