In most cases, Iburglars will look for the easiest target and will simply move on to the next house if confronted with a high-quality deadbolt. Another factor thieves will look for is outside entryways that offer the least chance of being seen.
For that reason, most break-ins occur on rear entry doors and doors between attached garages, therefore its highly recommended to have same quality locks on those doors as the front door.
Many customers don’t want to spend the same on the back or side do. I firmly believe that’s a mistake. These locations often provide cover for the intruder, and they should not be overlooked.
Common break-in techniques and causes:
- picking the lock
- Using Bump – Keys
- Spread apart the door frame with a crowbar
- Hammer off the lock
- Pick the lock
- Drill out the lock with a power drill
- Break glass and reach in to unlock the door
- Pry off the lock with pliers
- Pry open doors
- Kick the door in
- A key is obtained from a friend or neighbor
- A key was lost, and locks weren’t replaced
All the above methods are the most common used by burglars. However, they can be divided into two groups. Non-intrusive and intrusive, which differ in 1 essential factor is there a damage during the break – in or not.
After many years as a locksmith, I can tell you one thing; no lock or door can not be broken into!
However, our job as security professionals is to advise and help our customers, to make it as hard as possible for the burglars.
When deciding what lock is best for you, you need to consider various factors:
- How many people will have keys and be using the lock?
- How often keys get changed?
- Do you care about key duplication?
- Insurance requirements
- What kind of door is the lock going to be installed on?
To ensure the most theft-resistant door lock for your home, look for these features:
Restricted Keys that can’t be easily copied. While standard keys can be duplicated at a hardware or retail store, key controlled locks can only be duplicated by certain locksmiths or the manufacturer of the lock.
Some keys have two or more grooves, and some will have side milling, indicating that there are two or more layers of pins in the lock which makes it harder to open with no damage and to duplicate the key without the owner’s authorization.
Drill-resistant bolts and plates can be found in some deadbolts. However, all Grade 1 High-security deadbolts must be made of brass or steel and have hardened steel balls inside to prevent drilling. These balls will break the drill bit as it works on the lock