According to the FBI, approximately 2 million burglaries occur within the United States every year, resulting in a loss of $4.5 billion dollars in theft and damages. About 60% of these break-ins resulted in a loss of property, and 59% resulted from forced break-ins. While an alarm system is an effective deterrent, according to the experts at First Lock & Security Technologies, a good quality deadbolt is one of the most useful and practical tools to stop a thief from breaking into your home. A deadbolt consists of a steel bolt that extends into your door jamb to make it much more difficult for an unscrupulous individual to force their way into your property. First Lock & Security Technologies outline some of the common types of residential deadbolts available.
Single Cylinder Deadbolt
This is one of the most common types of deadbolts found on today’s market and consists of a single-cylinder deadbolt that moves in and out using a key on the outside and a turn knob on the inside. They are also now available with a push button code or smart phone app to lock and unlock your door. However, it is essential to remember that intruders can still breach your deadbolt if your door has glass panels that can be broken or damaged, allowing thieves to reach in and open the deadbolt from the inside of your door.
Double Cylinder Deadbolt
A double cylinder deadbolt has many advantages, including its inability to be breached through a broken glass door panel. Double cylinder deadbolts require a key to open them, making them one of the most secure options in today’s market. Consult with your experienced First Lock & Security Technologies knowledgeable locksmith to help you decide if a double cylinder deadbolt is the best choice for your home. Please note that double cylinder deadbolts are not recommended if you have small children or seniors living in your home because a key is required to unlock the door in case of a fire or emergency and someone could be locked inside. Also many city and state building codes do not allow double cylinder deadbolts for these same reasons.
There are a variety of keyless deadbolts available including push-button code and smart phone app based devices. Keyless deadbolts have several advantages, including the most obvious one, the lack of a key means that it cannot be lost or stolen. The ability to change the combination can be extremely useful, not to mention beneficial should you ever suspect your code has gotten into the wrong hands.
A vertical deadbolt or “jimmyproof” deadbolt is bolted to the inside top of the door, making it one of the most challenging locks for an intruder to breach and pry open. Installation isn’t simple, but it is essential to understand that while these locks are incredibly useful, they have the least attractive appearance.
Mortise deadlocks are older style locking mechanisms that are installed with a recessed pocket that are next to impossible for would-be thieves to tamper with.