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5 Smart Ways to Make Your Locks Safer

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 by Jennifer

Need a wake-up call? Here’s one: you have a 1 in 13 chance of becoming a victim of property crime in San Antonio. Standard key-in-knob locks offer very little protection against break-ins. These familiar locks that you probably have on your side doors and maybe even your front door are easy targets for thieves. In some cases, all it takes to open a key-in-knob lock is a screwdriver or two! Whether you have a home or business to protect, getting your locks up to snuff is a critical part of your security. A local San Antonio locksmith can help you implement these 5 tried and true solutions that really make a difference. If you have questions about home or business security or want a free quote on a service, give Pop-A-Lock San Antonio a call today at 210-637-0303.
  1. Rekey the locks. Burglars often break in with keys. If the key you tucked under your door mat has vanished, you’ve lost your key ring, or you don’t know who could have your house key, it’s time to get your locks rekeyed. Rekeying locks is a simple, affordable service that effectively keeps out unwanted people. A locksmith simply changes the pins inside your current lock and cuts you a new key to match. Your old key will no longer work, and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that the only person with a working key is you.
  2. Install a deadbolt. A good quality deadbolt is great investment to make for your home’s security. Compared to more common spring locks or key-in-knob locks, deadbolts offer increased resistance to bumping, picking, and drilling. A professional locksmith can install one above or below your existing lock.
  3. Upgrade to a bump proof lock. Bumping is a common technique used by thieves to force open locks. Most American home locks are vulnerable to being bumped. Fortunately, all major lock manufacturers now offer bump proof or bump resistant locks at a range of price points. Some bump proof locks can even be retrofitted to your existing lockset to save you money.
  4. Reinforce your strike plate. The strike plate is the hollow that the tongue of the lock fits into. It seems less important than the lock itself, but can actually be one of the most vulnerable parts of your door. Most strike plates are attached to the door frame with shallow screws, which rip out if the door is kicked. Replace these screws with longer 3″ screws or upgrade to a reinforced strike plate.
  5. Check your hinges. Stand outside your closed door. Can you see the hinges? If so, an intruder can pull out the pins and enter without dealing with the lock at all. Your door needs to be rehung so that the hinges are safely inside the closed door.
Not sure where to start? We’re happy to answer your questions and offer recommendations. Check out our website for more information on home security and business security services, or call us today at 210-637-0303 to learn what a professional San Antonio locksmith can do for your security!