Learn How a Bag of Potatoes Can Defeat Your Deadbolt Lock

Learn How a Bag of Potatoes Can Defeat Your Deadbolt Lock

Many, if not all of us, are subject to the nighttime routine of closing the windows and locking the doors before we retire for a good night’s sleep. We rest comfortably knowing that our doors are secured with deadbolts to prevent the unwanted entry of those with ill intent. But, just how much do you actually know about the actual strength of your deadbolt ? Is it really the safest option? Are you really safe?

Typically, deadbolts have 3 grades or classifications. The strongest of the deadbolts is considered a Grade 1 and the lowest is a Grade 3. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) determines the grades by evaluating the strength of the lock, its durability over time, and the length of the latch bolt.

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Unless you have done extensive research or have a background in security, your home is probably equipped with a Grade 3 deadbolt or a device that isn’t rated at all. So, how safe are you against forced entry? The Grade 3 deadbolt is manufactured to hold up to 800,000 cycles of the latch being engaged and retracted before it begins to wear down. This deadbolt is typically only 5/8” in length and capable of resisting up to 2 strikes of 75 pounds. So, in theory, if someone took a bag of 120 potatoes (which weighs approximately 75 pounds) and struck your door two times, it would be enough to defeat your Grade 3 deadbolt . Now, think about how much force a focused intruder might be able to generate with a well-placed kick.

Deadbolts do offer another layer of defense to the existing lockset but require multiple upgrades to effectively protect your property. Upgrading to Grade 1 bolts and replacing lockset screws is costly and labor-intensive.

Bolo Stick RESIDENTIAL door barricades provide maximum resistance against forced entry and don’t deteriorate over time. 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.

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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 much 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 which is 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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