How To Select The Right Type Of Lock For You

Every homeowner should educate themselves about their lock options. A good lock from a company like Arapahoe County Security Center Inc can mean the difference between a safe family and a criminal breaking into your home. It can mean the difference between your most prized possessions being safely lockup and being sold to a pawnshop by a thief. To help you get started, here is an overview of some of the most common types of locks and what each is best suited for:

Deadbolts - As far as complexity in door locks goes, the deadbolt is about as simple as it gets. A deadbolt is a brute force defense that operates by shoving a piece of metal into the doorframe when in the locked position. In order to break down a door that has a deadbolt, the intruder will need to either shatter the deadbolt itself or break the doorframe, neither of which are particularly easy. On the other hand, a deadbolt isn't all that hard to pick. From this perspective, a deadbolt is good at stopping a violent entry, but isn't all that effective against someone who came prepared, with the proper tools.

Padlocks - Even simpler than a deadbolt is the padlock, which is the cheapest and has the easiest installation of locks. A padlock is a good choice for securing your shed or bike in order to prevent children from accidentally opening things they shouldn't, but it won't stand up to a concerted effort by a determined individual. For instance, bolt cutters will easily open a padlock. However, installing a padlock is so incredibly easy that it makes up for its security shortcomings. You don't want to use a padlock to secure your valuables, but it's a good first line of defense for your gate and is well-suited to keeping shed doors shut.

Electronic Locks - Now, if you want to be really secure against experienced intruders, you will need some form of electronic lock. On the simple and cheap end, this can mean a simple electronic passcode. On the much more expensive end of electronic locks, biometric scanners can be used to limit entry to all but a select few individuals. The downside of electronic locks is that they tend to be more expensive and cheaper models might fail during power outages.

Combining Options

The best idea is always to layer your security in such a way that no one method will break it. You'll want some sort of physical deterrent (such as a deadbolt) to stop brute force attacks. On top of that, you'll also want complex locks that are hard to pick (such as electronic passcodes).