Here’s a guest post by Madison Parker on home security. View her previous post here.
When it comes to preventing home invasion, it’s worth taking some time to make sure you get it right. You want to have the right home security system in place, a well-planned family emergency response plan, and even the right locks for your doors.
Choosing the best locks to prevent home invasion means looking carefully at your home’s layout and design and matching the right locks to each door.
ANSI and BHMA Grading
There are two national organizations that have created standards for door locks:
- American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and
- Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA).
Both organizations use a rating system from one to three. Rating one locks are the highest quality, while rating three are lower quality. When you’re looking for locks to prevent home invasion, then, you’re going to be looking for locks graded one by either of these organizations.
Deadbolt vs. Spring Latch Locks
There are essentially two types of home locks on the market today: spring latch/slip bolt locks and deadbolt locks. Spring latch/slip bolt locks work by making it so that the doorknob won’t operate, effectively keeping the door stuck in the frame.
These locks can be worked around in a number of ways, and many home invaders can bypass them in a matter of seconds. These locks are also easily bypassed by smashing the doorknob.
Some of the most best sets that use these kinds of locks Include the Arlington, Chelsea, Hawthorn, and Sheridan models from Kwikset, as well as the Addison, Camelot, Century, and Plymouth models from Schlage. These are all ANSI rating one locks, and offer the best possible protection for this style of lock.
These locks are often best for internal doors, rather than external doors. They won’t prevent entry, but they can delay a home invader from moving between rooms.
Deadbolt locks, on the other hand, bolt the door into the frame. It’s called a “deadbolt” because the bold must be manually moved via the key or the knob. A deadbolt is a much more secure lock than the standard type, and provides a greater degree of security.
That said, deadbolts aren’t perfect. The door can be pried away from the jamb, for example, if the deadbolt isn’t surface-mounted.
Some of the best deadbolt locks on the market today are the Schlage B60/B62 as well as the Kwikset 980/985. Here again, these are ANSI rating one locks.
Deadbolt locks are best for external doors, making sure that any doors with windows have a double-key deadbolt that requires a key to exit from inside as well as outside.
A comprehensive home invasion prevention plan
Locks are just one small part of how you protect your home and family. If you want to truly have peace of mind and keep out those that would do you harm, you need to look at the big picture. Install a quality home security system. Join a neighborhood watch program. Consider a gun for personal protection, making sure that you follow all of the use and safety rules so as to keep it from becoming a liability rather than an asset.
Madison Parker is a security expert whose interests range from both home and personal security – Get more home security tips at her blog Home Security Systems.net.
Do you have the right locks for your home? Leave a comment with any thoughts you may have on adequate locks for home security.