There are lots of entry locksets out there. Once in a while, I get calls to come and secure doors after break-ins. When I explain to homeowners how easy it is to break through a door and actually show them the assembly and anatomy of a door and lock, the homeowners are usually shocked how easy an intruder can get through their door.
There are a couple of aspects to consider. An old friend from Havana told me that when he was growing up, people didn’t even have door locks in the city and no one stole from one another. The repercussions were extreme and that alone was enough of a deterrent, interestingly. Then he came to the US and was shocked to have to be on guard from crooks from every angle. It is an interesting perspective.
Here too in Capitol Hill, for home security, it all comes down to perspective and application. Most crooks are just looking to steal things when no one is looking. And, although crime as a whole continues to decline in DC, some crooks will smash a door in. And 99 percent of entry doors can be smashed in easily with a swift boot to the lockset.
One way to stiffen your door is to install a steel angle or jamb stiffener with strong grade 4 or better steel fasteners all the way back to the structural framing. A good locket can also protect from picking and kicking. (It is a different topic, but I am also always amazed how easy pros can pick a regular Schlage or Quikset keyway.) A disc tumbler or Super Spool Lock are a lot harder to pick and the hardened steel provides an additional level of security.
This picture shows a Super Spool Lock I installed recently on a door that I rebuilt after it was broken in. It will be very hard to break into this door again.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
I thought this was a really interesting article. A lot of my neighbors, friends and customers have reasonable security concerns. In addition, although our neighborhood has improved considerably over the past few years, there are still areas and elements of high crime in our neighborhood.
This article includes ideas for smart planning and building/space design to limit and deter crime.
A smart lock is an electromechanical lock which is designed to perform locking and unlocking operations on a door when it receives such instructions from an authorized device using a wireless protocol and a cryptographic key to execute the authorization process. It also monitors access and sends alerts for the different events it monitors and some other critical events related to the status of the device. Smart locks can be considered part of a smart home.
Smart locks, like the traditional locks, need two main parts to work. The lock and the key. In the case of these electronic locks, the key is not a physical key but a smartphone or a special key fob configured explicitly for this purpose which wirelessly will perform the authentication needed to automatically unlock the door.
Smart Locks allow users to grant access to a third party by the means of a virtual key. This key can be sent to the recipient smartphone over standard messaging protocols such as e-mailor SMS. Once this key is received the recipient will be able to unlock the Smart Lock during the time specified previously by the sender.
Smart locks are able to grant or deny access remotely via a mobile app. Certain smart locks include a built-in WiFi connection that allows for monitoring features such as access notifications or cameras to show the person requesting access.
Smart locks may use Bluetooth SMART and SSL to communicate, encrypting communications using 128/256-bit AES.
Some of the most known Models and Manufacturers are the following: