You know that phrase:"They simply don't make them, like they used too"? As far as locks are involved, that phrase is very true and telling.
That's not to mention that the locks available today are of a lesser grade, than the ones built years ago. In fact many locks today, offer conveniences and advantages that were unheard of just a couple of short years ago. But a lot of manufacturers have sacrificed quality, in order to meet specific price points. When you get a house to get 200K -- 400K, is your very best option to lock it, using a $10 cheap lock? Would you be surprised if that $10 cheap lock did not hold up against a physical assault by a burglar? Locks are more affordable than ever, but what are they cut down, in order to make the cost so low. The answer is quality, also if you are sacrificing quality on cheap locks, then your essentially throwing your money away.
As locksmiths, we open a large amount of secured doors, on a daily basis. The simplest ones to open, would be those somebody bought from the hardware store. The tolerances and mechanics are loose, which makes it easy for all of us to manipulate them. The majority of these locks are opened in less than a minute, without leaving a scratch. It causes you to wonder, what is the point? Most people will frequently ask for some kind of upgrade, after seeing how simple these locks are to open. The same holds for the hardware store deadbolts. Rather than being a solid piece of brass, with a large bolt and"throw", their components are made from vinyl and Die-Cast. Materials such as that, aren't enough to stop someone from kicking in a door (which is the principal function of the deadbolt).
So where is the middle ground? The locks sold at locksmith stores can be costly, since most locksmiths will not market and guarantee the cheap hardware shop locks. And the inexpensive ones in the hardware store will not hold up and provide enough physical security. Well, here is what one of our locksmiths did, which we found to be the best use of both types of locks.
His distinct house just had three outside doors. He equipped all three, together with the premium quality deadbolts from our locksmith shop. He then placed low quality knobs beneath them, so as to cut down on cost and matched them to the exact same key as his deadbolts. The main reason behind doing it this way, was because his principal security is coming out of the deadbolt, not the doorknob. By installing a great excellent deadbolt and making sure to lock it each day, the door is protected. The doorknob is only used as a secondary locking device and the main protection against physical attacks, falls on the deadbolt. We considered this a great compromise on cost, without having to sacrificing his house security.
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