Flatirons Locksmiths: A Guide to Choosing Pick-Resistant Locks for Your Home.
Intruders often gain access to a home by picking the lock on either your front, side or back doors. Although no lock is completely impenetrable, there are locks that are more difficult to tamper with than others. As a result, burglars are more likely to avoid them because they are too cumbersome to deal with or they will need to drill them out and make too much noise in the process. Here are a few different locks you may want to consider in order to protect your home from break-ins.
Schlage from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies makes a residential F Series lock that has pins that help to prevent picking. These pick resistant T pins make it very difficult to line the pins up when attempting to pick this lock. The deadbolt lock comes with a strike plate that helps to prevent kick-ins and a ½ inch dead latch with a deadlocking plunger that prevents latch “force back”. This is a good under $50.00 option for a little higher level of security than your typical basic door hardware.
Schlage also makes a deadbolt which has a side pin that unless you have the right key with a side groove cut at exactly the right place you cannot unlock this cylinder. It will also prevent any bump-key or picking attempts to unlock this deadbolt. A great step up with greater security for under $100.00.
Schlage makes a commercial lock called Primus that has a built in sidebar and a key with several grooves, each at a specific level to line up perfectly so the sidebar will detract allowing the cylinder to turn. This is the ultimate in keyed security and is used in a lot of high end commercial situations but can also be used in a residential looking for ultimate security. These locks go for between $175 – $225.
Another form of high security lock that we offer uses a completely different key type from the traditional key that is cut along the top edge. The key is cut on the wide part of the key instead of the narrow edge, it has what looks like a series of different sized circles or craters cut in the side of the key. The basic idea is the same in that once the key is in the cylinder it will position the tumblers in the cylinder to line up so that the cylinder can be turned but there is no way of doing so without the key. These types of locks are also typically between $175 – $250
Another benefit to the last couple of locks I mentioned it that the keys used in these systems cannot be duplicated by anyone other than their rightful owners. The only way a locksmith will duplicate this key is if you produce a card that came with the key with an identifying serial number on it and ID to prove you are the person who’s name is written on the card, in other words the owner of said keys. This way you can be sure that no one else will be able to duplicate your key.
Securing your home is no small matter and getting the level of security that you desire without breaking the bank is somewhat of a specialty of ours here at Flatirons Locksmiths, so if you are looking to secure your home and have a budget in mind that you do not want to exceed, give us a call and we will help you do just that.
Flatirons Locksmiths is a mobile locksmith company based in Boulder County, serving Boulder, Broomfield, Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, Erie, Niwot, & Longmont in Colorado. We offer both emergency & scheduled services, feel free to browse our website to view our complete list of services, or contact us today for all of your residential, commercial, or automotive locksmith needs. We would love to hear from you!