21 Secrets Your House Locksmith Won’t Tell You
How to outsmart burglars and what they’re really thinking when you call at 2 a.m.
A lot of us do undercover work for the cops
We make keys for police officers and get them into places at 3 a.m. so they can set up surveillance equipment or put the bugs in place. That includes your own house locksmith. It’s part of the thrill of doing what we do.
Contractors stink at installing deadbolts
I can’t tell you how many times I go out to re-key one or let someone in, and I find problems. If it’s not installed right, it won’t protect you. Here are some secrets contractors won’t tell you.
The best lock is a deadbolt that’s properly installed
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An experienced house locksmith knows deadbolts should have at least a one-inch “throw.” On the “strike side,” there should be a security plate with screws at least three inches long that go all the way into the door’s wood frame. Look out for these signs your house is vulnerable to burglars.
Use a double cylinder lock to avoid break-ins
If you have a window on or near your door, a thumb-turn deadbolt won’t do much good. Burglars could easily knock out the glass, stick a hand in, and turn. Get a double cylinder lock that needs a key on the inside. Here are more secrets a burglar would never tell you.
When you buy a new house, always have your locks re-keyed
Otherwise, there’s probably a master key out there that can easily open your home. Don’t miss these other things every homeowner should know.
Keys stamped “Do not duplicate” are duplicated all the time
Ask a house locksmith about high-security locks with keys that can’t be replicated at the hardware store. Learn some more secrets home security installers wish you knew.
These are the biggest mistakes people make with their safe:
Spinning the dial too fast, trying to open it before it’s unlocked, and forcing it closed when there’s obviously a problem. Don’t miss these home care tips that can save you time, money, and stress.