14 Feb Defending Your Home: Consumer Reports Deadbolt Lock Testing
A woman named Anne works 12-hour shifts as an oncology nurse. She provides medical treatment, empathy and gold old fashioned tender loving care to those going through cancer. She deals with unpleasant to downright disgusting situations, and often has to lift patients. The point is she works hard for her happy home, located in an “up and coming” neighborhood.
As with her work, Anne has put much TLC into improving her home and community. She helps her neighbors, especially an ailing senior war vet next door. She’s a good egg, in general.
A secure home is a big deal to Anne. She’s one of those home improvement buffs, spending most of her free putting on fresh coats of paint, adding landscaping to the front or gardening in the back. She loves to travel, but also really loves her home.
Her upbringing was without a stable home. She spent many periods of her childhood crashing on couches and other temporary, emergency accommodations. A nice, safe home is very important to Anne, indeed.
Unfortunately, she came home from one shift to find her happy home in shambles, ransacked and a big, dust-framed square of white wall where her flatscreen had been. Her neighborhood suffered a series of burglaries over the following weeks.
Time to call Denver’s locksmiths.
Since criminals don’t think about the fact that maybe they’re burglarizing a cancer nurse do-gooder, let’s go over where her lock failed and discuss the Consumer Reports Deadbolt Test.
In the case of Anne’s lock failure, there were two issues:
- An amateur handyman had installed the new door, door knob and deadbolt. He used the screws that had been provided with the lock/strikeplate, which were too short to penetrate beyond trim into the actual door frame.
- He had used a cheap lock with bolt that was easily kicked in and loose, along with the strikeplate.
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When it comes to lock vulnerability there are three primary categories:
- Failure to withstand a kick-in breaking and entering
- Vulnerability to being picked
- Drilling vulnerability
Consumer Reports recommends using a box-reinforced strike plate or other doorframe reinforcement. It’s tough to defend against drilling, they also pointed out.
HOW THEY WERE TESTED
Beyond beefing up your door and frame, you want a good lock. The following is how Consumer Reports rated 17 different locks – based on testing each for the three most common lock failure vulnerabilities during a break in.
In the event of a tie in performance-based score, price was the deciding factor.
Here’s how various locks ranked according to the report:
|97||Highest possible rating for kick-in, drilling and picking resistance|
|83||Highest possible rating for kick-in and picking resistance, but weak drilling resistance|
|82||Highest possible rating for kick-in and picking resistance, but weak drilling resistance|
|78||Highest possible rating for kick-in resistance, good picking resistance, but weak drilling resistance|
B60N 505 605
|69||Highest possible rating for kick-in resistance, weakest possible rating for drilling resistance, and good picking resistance|
BE365 V CAM 619
Segal SE 15361
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