When dealing with home or commercial security the lock you buy for the door is only a small part of a secure building. There is much more to keep in mind when making sure your loved ones or business affairs are secure.
First of all, the lock is only as secure as the door and building it is mounted in. Inexpensive wooden doors that can easily be kicked open or broken through will not be strengthened with the simple addition of a high security lock. When possible, it is best to avoid any windows and other openings around the door. If you have a window built in your door then you must take the proper precautions so attackers cannot reach inside to unlock the deadbolt by hand. This includes using a double deadbolt (if fire codes permit it) or a deadbolt with a locking thumbturn.
On large sliding glass doors, the locks frequently used can be very weak or easy to bypass, and are often not interchangeable. It is best to install a product known as a Charlie Bar that acts much like a stick in the bottom of the door track, but is far more secure. The Charlie Bar must first be raised from the inside in order to open the door, making it far harder for unauthorized entry from the outside.
In common residential instances, the door frame, door jamb, and the door hinges can serve as major weak points in addition to the door. If they are not enforced enough to keep the bolt in place, the door can still be kicked in or pried open. There are several products that are meant to help reinforce these areas to resist forced entry. A very popular product called the Jamb Armor is very effective. It is a steel piece of metal that wraps around the door jamb on both sides and is held in place by several long screws driven into the surrounding studs in order to withstand the maximum amount of force. They also make a product called a door shield that wraps around the edge of the door, under the deadbolt lock on the door itself, in order to try and prevent the deadbolt from bending or breaking through the door. Lastly, they make hinge reinforcements (called hinge shields) to enhance the strength of the hinges. Installing the Jamb Armor is labour intensive because it requires the removal of the molding around the door prior to installation. For your a typical handyman, it may take a day or so to install or only 1-2 hours for a red seal carpenter. If it is being installed on a new door, then it is a relatively easy installation process that should be done before painting and should take under 30 minutes per door. There are some other products to choose from such as the StrikeMaster II that does not require the removal of molding around the door, but only reinforces the jamb. Armor Concepts, the makers of DJArmor, have come up with a secondary product called EZArmor , which is a screw on top product similar to most of the other products in the industry. EZArmor still reinforces all three weak points on the door. However, as it is a screw on top product, the installation is easier than the DJArmor and does not require the removal of molding from around the door. This comes at a cost to the strength of the product; without being able to wrap around the door jamb, it is not as strong as the full DJArmor product. However, it is the best screw on top solution that we have found.
Windows are always a security concern when it comes to the home. Many burglars will avoid breaking windows due to possible injury and the unwanted attention that the noise can bring. However, if the burglar is determined and there are no other easy means of entry, the burglar will smash a window to enter the building. There are three standard options for properly securing windows. The first is exterior bars or other physical barriers to prevent large objects (such as a person) from passing through them. Consequently these are barbaric and too much of an eyesore to be worthwhile and may actually draw unwanted attention. The second option is to purchase and install high security windows that are extremely shatter resistant and hard to break; while these offer great protection they are significantly expensive and often hard to acquire. The final solution is to use a security film that is meant to make ordinary windows much harder to shatter in a fashion that allows someone to enter. The film bonds to the glass so that when someone attempts to break the window, it will crack but stay in one piece and resist a great amount of force. The security film comes in a roll of thin transparent film and can be purchased from many online vendors.
If you own a business or are extremely worried about physical attack on your exterior doors, there is a product that can offer great protection. While even the Protec locks offers extremely high resistance to most drilling equipment, with the proper high security items and a specialize drilling rig, it can still be successfully drilled. Virtually all modern high security cylinders are vulnerable to criminals. For these situations, there is one product that has risen as the best defense against physical attack, the Geminy Shield. The Geminy Shield is a guard that is connected to the door, surrounds the standard lock cylinder , and must first be opened to reveal the normal cylinder. This additional layer of security makes your locks far more impervious to physical attack. For more information on the Geminy Shield, please contact us today.
Finally, security is most effective when it is applied in many layers. Don’t bet on a single security system for your entire residence or commercial building. A diverse security system includes cameras, alarm systems, and secure safes for extremely valuable items. Alarm systems act as a strong deterrent for many criminals and they help to ensure that if a physical attack is occurring, the police are contacted immediately. Unfortunately, even the top alarm systems generally have response times between five and fifteen minutes. This means that your other security systems need to deter criminals until the authorities arrive. Cameras provide footage of not only the attackers themselves, but also of what actions were taken and what possessions were removed. Finally, a locked safe can provide security protection and fire protection for your valuables. When looking for a safe it is very important to ensure that it can be bolted to the ground and that it offers fire protection of at least two hours. It is also very important that the safe is actually bolted to a secure surface. Otherwise the criminal will be able to easily take your safe and focus on breaking into the safe at a later time. If you follow these tips you will help ensure that your valuables are secure long enough for the authorities to arrive.