In addition to whatever valuables are taken, a break-in can also cost homeowners their sense of security. Securing your front door acts as the first line of defence against a break-in, and the State Farm Insurance website says installing quality locks can convince would-be burglars to move on to an easier target. While the website notes that only a small percentage of burglars gain access to a home by picking a lock, any security measure will add to your peace of mind.
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Install a deadbolt in addition to your primary lock. Deadbolts are more resistant to lock picking than traditional door locks, and a second lock requires a would-be thief to work twice as hard.
Upgrade your basic door lock to a model with higher security features. Look for a lock that features contoured or shaped internal pins or a side bar to foil basic lock-picking attempts. If desired, switch to a less common type of lock, such as a tubular lock, dimple lock or rotating disc lock, that requires speciality tools to pick --- tools that a typical burglar won't have on him.
Select a lock with an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Grade 1 classification, which is the highest designation available for locks. An ANSI Grade 1 lock meets strict security and durability standards.
Create a less-inviting environment for picking a lock by making your front door more visible from the street. Remove obstructions such as statues and potted plants from near the door. Trim back hedges and bushes bordering the walkway to the front of the house. Keep a strong light on overnight to cast illumination on anybody trying to gain entry to the house.
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