High Security Residential

High Security Residential Locks

In 2015 the US saw 104 Forced Entries Per Hour

In 2015 the FBI reported 1,579,527 break-ins. 57.9% of those break-ins involved “forced entry,” 6.6% attempted break-ins were unsuccessful, and the rest unlawful entry. I often hear “if people really want to get in they will get in.” In 2015 100,000 break in attempts failed.

More than 1 in 10 break-ins are unsuccessful

Medeco Deadbolt
This is my personal Medeco Deadbolt. It might not be much to look at, it’s 20 or 30 years old but it still works great. You’ll find many locksmiths use these on their own homes.

Can High Security Deadbolt Locks stop Forced Entry?

1. High Security locks deter crimes of opportunity

If your looking to further protect your family and property from your average criminal then upgrading your locks can make the difference between your house being the selected target or not. Not every criminal will know what a high security lock is, or recognize one when it is right in front of them. Those criminals who recognize high security locks will avoid them. Those that did not recognize one will recognize that one next time.

2. High security locks defend against forced entry.

When properly installed, High Security Locks are difficult to bypass. They require high amounts of force, and a greater amount of time then a average lock. High security locks make forced entry noisy and time consuming. When they have been installed correctly they will not be kicked in, they are difficult to pry open, they are difficult to drill, and they are virtually pick proof and bump proof.

3. Bypass of these locks requires big tools.

These Deadbolts require extra leverage to pry open, or extra brute force to smash open. They are built to preform much better than a average deadbolt by using, solid brass construction, a high security strike plate, and a heavy bolt. In 2015 100,000 attempted forced break-ins failed that is 10%. There is hope. High security locks are just one part of a larger home defense system, but they are a important part. These lock can be defeated, but they will at very least give you extra reaction time. Every extra second you have to react to a emergency is priceless. High security deadbolts will likely stop random attempted break-ins, because they require bigger tools to force open.  These locks require longer thicker pry bars and bigger heavier hammers to smash. A potential burglar could easily arrive unprepared, even if he doesn’t realize it until he begins to work up a sweat working on your door.

Emergency services will be able to force your home open. Two firefighters working together using a set of irons will be able to access your home quickly if needed. High security locks are not the end all solution, they are far better than standard locks at deterring forced entry and provide superior key control.

4. Key Control

When you invest in a new high security deadbolt the key is patent protected for a certain amount of time. During that time only the manufacturer can make the key blanks. When a high security lock company such as Medeco has a key patent they use it to restrict access to the blanks. If you own a Medeco lock you use a photo ID and your unique Medeco card to purchase pre-cut keys sent directly from Medeco through a authorized dealer. Only you can get copies of keys for your lock. You cannot get uncut blanks, nor can your locksmith.

In summary high security locks:
  • Provide excellent key control
  • Provide excellent reliability
  • They are long lasting
  • They are serviceable, replacement parts are abundant
  • Deter experienced burglars on sight
  • Stop or slow forced entry
  • Virtually Pick-proof
  • Virtually Bump-proof
  • Dill resistant

 

*These locks are only one part of a larger home security system. They add security, but they cannot do the job alone.