LOCK OVERKILL?

Can you really put too many locks on a door and have Lock Overkill?

I’m sure you’ve probably seen it somewhere – TV or a movie.     The person goes to their front door, opens/turns two or three deadbolts, releases a chain or two, plus the knob – maybe it takes about five or more seconds to undo the locks, then opens the door.    So you think, wow… that door’s really secure, right???

OR IS IT?

Let’s think to the simplest form of a door.   What is it?   It’s an opening in a solid wall, that can be closed and secured.. AND when closed, you’d like it to be as solid as the rest of the wall, for security, right?  Right….   In the above scenario, yes, that ONE SIDE of the door is super secure…   but what about the hinge side.   If there’s only two or three hinges on that apartment/house door, and possibly improper hinges at that, (not having pins in them to secure the door frame to the door when closed) it MAKES NO DIFFERENCE how many locks they have on the door, as a person could get in easier on the hinged side.

This is especially true with ‘outswing’ doors that open to the outside, rather than swinging inside the home.    If the wrong kind of hinges are used, or older ones, etc., a person needs only a small hammer, a hole punch or small nail, and they can just pound up the hinge pin, and then with a screwdriver pry the door open from the hinge side, NOT THE SIDE with all the locks….  There are newer hinges, special hinge pins, or even just a quick fix with a couple screws that can make that door secure on the hinge side, as well as the knob/lock side, so it can’t be pried off the frame within seconds.

More important than the number of locks on the door, in one sense, is that the locks you do have on that door are INSTALLED PROPERLY and FUNCTIONING PROPERLY….  We, at Liberty Locksmiths, have seen improper installation of deadbolts and locks from low/mid-range homes, on up to homes costing millions of dollars.   While the deadbolt itself functions perfectly, the hole on the actual frame of the door is not deep enough, thereby not allowing the bolt to extend fully to the locked position.   In essence, while the bolt might go into the hole and keep the door from swinging open, a simple knife,  screwdriver, or even the proverbial credit card,  can slide the latch or bolt back and a burglar is in.   Simple fix – the hole has to be drilled deeper to allow the bolt to do its job.
There are also numerous other procedures that can be done to make your door jambs solid, like longer screws for the strike plates which screw further into the wall instead of just the door frame, over-sized strike plates,  specifically built to withstand forced entry, to name just a few others..

Hopefully reading the above has given you a bit of insight into the way locks actually work on doors.    Please keep in mind we’re here to help you with information over the phone, if possible.   If you send us pictures of your potential problems, we’ll do out best to give you ideas on how to test the issues above.   As always, it’s our job to make you feel safe and secure.
Thanks for reading….   Please don’t hesitate to call on us. 407-260=2727