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Home Burglary Prevention Tips Part (6)

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·     Locks


3    Key-In-Knob Lock

      A key-in-knob lock offers privacy and convenience but does not offer security from intruders. They can be easily compromised by wrenching the knob with  hands or vice grips, using credit cards or plastic to slip the spring bolt or by simply kicking open the door.   

3    Deadbolt Lock

      A deadbolt lock can provide good protection for an entry door. When the key is turned, the lock mechanism slides a strong metal bolt from the door into the frame. When purchasing a lock, the following points should be covered:


-    The  bolt should extend at least 1" from the front edge of the door (a 1" throw)

-    The connecting screws that hold the lock together should be on the inside of the door.

-    The strike plate should be attached to the door frame with screws that measure at least 3" in length.

-    The cylinder should have a steel guard —— a ring around the key section. The cylinder guard should be tapered or rotate around the key section (if twisted) to prevent wrenching.


3    Auxiliary Rim Mounted Lock With Deadbolt

      This lock can be attached to a door’s surface with long sturdy screws. The locking device on the door fits into the plate on the frame. When the key is turned, strong metal bars join the two parts of the lock.

3    Double Cylinder Deadbolt Lock

      This lock can placed on doors with glass panels or on other doors, as well. The locks can be opened only with a key from either side. The key should be kept near the door but not reachable from the glass panel. Some states and local jurisdictions have, for reasons of fire safety, passed laws or ordinances that prohibit the installation of double cylinder deadbolt locks in residences. The law in each jurisdiction should be review before they are recommended.

3    Keys

      Improper attention to the issue of keys can lead to a burglary. The following are suggestions to better insure keys are properly controlled:


-    When someone moves  into a previously occupied home, all exterior doors should be rekeyed;

-    Homeowners should keep their keys secured at all times. They should take their keys with them when they leave the apartment or condominium and keep them in their pocket or purse;

-    Keys should never be loaned, particularly where strangers are involved. House keys should be placed on a dual key ring that will permit easy separation from the car key. When keys are surrendered in connection with service or valet parking, only the car keys should be left.

-    Keys and key rings should not be marked or identified in such a way so they can be switch functions on automobile and refrigerator doors.


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