Though it may seem like overkill at first glance, there are actually several very good reasons to consider installing more than one lock on your front door. Home invasions and burglaries have been on the rise as economic conditions worsened; even the most trusting people find themselves more concerned with home security. In the interest of protecting your home and its priceless contents, here are ten reasons that installing multiple locks on your door is a good idea.
- As a Crime Deterrent – For many burglars, simply seeing that there are several locks on your door indicates that your concern for home security is above average, and can serve as a powerful deterrent. Rather than risk it, they may opt to move along.
- As an Impediment to Determined Burglars – When an invader is determined to make a break-in attempt, installing several locks can present such a time-consuming obstacle that they’re either caught or give up before gaining entry.
- Your Existing Lock Can Be Reached Through a Broken Window – If a broken window within your door would allow an intruder to reach a deadbolt or knob lock, installing one with a less accessible placement is a very good idea.
- Factory Doorknob Locks Are Frequently of Lower Quality – A shocking number of people rely on the factory-installed locks that came with the doorknob, and never bother upgrading beyond that point. If the doorknob lock is your only line of defense, installing another should be considered immediately.
- The View of Your Door is Obstructed in Any Way – Foliage, trees and other structures can limit the visibility of your front door from passersby and neighbors; experienced burglars are on the look out for just these qualities when choosing a target. If any part of the view of your door is obstructed, beefing up the defense of that door could prevent intrusion.
- Because a Floor Lock is Difficult to Detect – Sliding locks at the base of your door are impossible to see from the outside, and can add another line of defense to your home. Feeling confident that they’ve defeated your other lock, a burglar will attempt to open the door to find that it’s still locked; the noise and delay could mean the difference between a home invasion and an attempted home invasion.
- Because You Don’t Have an Alarm System – While a home security system is very valuable, they’re not always within the budget. If this is the case, your best bet is to make your home as difficult to invade as possible.
- You Run a Business Out of Your Home – Running a business out of your home gives the general public access to your home address, which could cause you to be targeted for a burglary; especially if your business requires expensive special equipment, you’ll need to be sure that your home is as secure as possible.
- For Greater Peace of Mind – Ideally, you’ll never be the target of a burglary or home invasion and your additional locks will only serve the purpose of providing you with the peace of mind to get a good night’s sleep.
- You Live in an Apartment or Condo – Apartment dwellers often feel that their buildings are secure, especially if their building requires a security code to enter the lobby. However, waiting for someone to open those doors or even convincing someone to buzz them in can get them past the first hurdle. Because your neighbors may not know who lives around them, a stranger could slip in unnoticed.
The frightening truth is that even good locks can be tampered with by a professional; in the event of a burglary attempt, impediments and deterrents are the best line of defense.