Even the sturdiest door is ineffective in its security functions if it is not coupled with a good lock. Consumer report recommends that you install a lock that incorporates a 1-inch dead bolt and a box strike that is made from reinforced-metal. It is also suggested that when installing the lock you should use 3-inch-long mounting screws so that the framing is secured beyond the doorjamb.

However, even with these recommendations it can be difficult to figure out if you should go with a regular door lock or one of the more modern electronic locks. So, here is a basic comparison of the two.

A secure setting

While standard lock and keys require that you be physically there to ensure that the door is locked, electronic locks offer more convenient features that might be more appealing. These include remote locking and unlocking of the doors to facilitate the entrance of others, like your children or other relatives, who may need to enter while you are not there. Another added advantage these offer over standard locks is that you have no keys to keep track of or to worry about being duplicated by others.

Since the electronic door can be locked remotely, you would not need to go back to lock up on those busy mornings when you may have forgotten to do so, saving you both time and hassle. This can be of great comfort since approximately 32 percent of all burglaries are facilitated by an unlocked door left by the occupant of the house. In addition, if the lock needs to be changed for any reason, the electronic lock is easier to work with as you would only need to change the codes and not the lock itself.

Standing the test

With all the fancy features it might seem as if an electronic lock might be the way to go. However, the first line of defense is to ensure that the lock is sturdy enough to resist being kicked in, taken apart with a cordless drill or easily picked. To date it has still been found that the safest lock is that of a deadbolt lock that uses a key. This has been found to be less likely to be disassembled with drills, picks or a sturdy, determined foot. Consumer report also notes that many electronic locks are made with parts that appear flimsy and can easily come apart in the face of force that would be employed by a burglar.

In addition, electronic locks work with electricity and you may find yourself either locked in or out until the electricity returns. Worst yet, your door might not be able to be locked until the electricity returns. The cost is also a factor in that an electronic lock can cost anywhere from about $288 to just over $405 while a standard lock and key is about $15 to $50 per lock if you install it yourself.

For more information, talk to a company like San Pedro Lock & Key.

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