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How To Prevent Lock-picking

We have all seen those movies or video games where the main character picks a lot easily with something like a paperclip or a bobby pin. You would think it wouldnt be that easy, however you would be surprised to know how wrong you may be.

Picking locks is not just something that you see in the movies. In fact, not only is it a real thing, but also it is ridiculously easy to learn, especially with videos all over the Internet teaching people how to do it. Many of these videos are probably good-natured, serving to teach people how to break into their own houses in the event that they locked themselves out. However, as good-intentioned as these videos are, some people will take advantage of the knowledge.

Here are some tips for how to keep people from picking the locks into your home or business.

1. Look for bump-resistant or spool pin locks

There are locks on the market that are designed to be more difficult to pick. Calling a professional locksmith will help you find which locks to use, as these experts will know about a variety of locks to suit your needs, including those that hold up against common lock-picking tools.

Another alternative to these locks is a combination lock that requires a code, instead of a key, to unlock the door. You can also get a lock that requires a key-card. These locks are more common in businesses than in home use, however. You should use a smart-key device.

Kwikset produces a variety of quality locks, including a smart key lock that uses a different design than the traditional, easy-to-pick locks. If you already have a problem with people attempting to break into your home, you could try setting a booby-trap in front of your door. You can set the trap to do something relatively harmless when someone messes with the lock, such as pour water on them or try to shock them. This may scare intruders away from your home.

You could also try an alarm system that will go off when someone unlocks the door, which will go off after a set amount of time if not disabled. This will add some security in case someone does break in, and if nothing else, the sound of the alarm will scare off anyone who is not supposed to be there. Get advice from a professional locksmith that is certified, bonded, and insured.

In addition to these tips, a professional locksmith will know what you can do to keep intruders out of your house. This will include what kinds of security system to use as well as how often you should service your locks to keep them up to date as lock-pickers learn how to pick new locks.

No matter how you choose to protect your home from intruders, it is vital to keep in mind how easy it is to pick locks, and work to prevent intruders from picking your locks with the help of a professional locksmith and up-to-date equipment.


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