Am I secure?
Most of us understand the importance of locking our front and back doors when we're away, but what about bedrooms? When a burglar gets into the house, should we have our doors open so we can hear what’s going on, or closed and locked to keep burglars out? What about during fires? Should we have our bedroom doors locked for fire safety?
According to most sources, the best practices for taking care of your bedroom door at night include:
Sleeping with the door closed, but not locked. When fires occur, doors provide a barrier against smoke and flames, giving you time to escape through a window before being blinded by the smoke, burnt, or beginning to suffocate.
Having a lock on your door. Not only is this convenient to keep the kids from walking in on you while you’re getting romantic, but it can keep you safe from burglars. If you hear movement in the night downstairs, you can keep yourself and your family safe by quietly locking yourself in your bedroom, and if possible, escaping through a window. Door locks can act as an effective barrier against burglars attempting to get inside your home.
Most bedroom door locks can only be locked from the inside. Basic doorknob locks are generally keyless and often use a cylindrical lock system. Cylindrical locks are cheaper than their mortise lock counterparts. They consist of a cylinder that goes through the door. The door catch is at the end of the cylinder. By turning or depressing the lock, you can lock or unlock the cylinder.
Cylindrical locks come with three different kinds of door handle. The first is a round knob with a push-in mechanism to lock the door. This kind of lock is relatively easy to pick because it contains a small hole on the side of the knob opposite the lock. To pick the lock, you just need a thin piece of plastic or metal. A paperclip or a bobby pin is often enough to suffice. Your tool can be inserted into the small opening and you simply apply pressure until you hear a click. Without removing the tool, turn the knob. The door should open easily. If you are looking for a cheap locking mechanism, this is a good option. It is also useful if you have toddlers, as they can accidentally lock themselves in a room.
Another cylindrical keyless door lock incorporates a small twisting mechanism called a thumb turn. This mechanism is more difficult to pick and requires more maneuvering, so it is not the best choice for a home with toddlers. However, this type of lock will be much more effective at keeping burglars and home invaders out of a bedroom.
The final option with a cylindrical lock door is the traditional door handle, which consists of an elongated, lever-like handle. This kind of handle will usually incorporate a thumb turn and can have a key on the side opposite the lock. These handles are not common on bedroom doors, but that does not mean that they are a bad option. They are much easier for a toddler to open, which could be either positive or negative, depending on your perspective and life situation.
A keyed lock will be more expensive than the more basic doorknob locks, but it offers the benefit of being more difficult to pick, but easy to open if you have the key. Once again, this is an acceptable option if your toddler accidentally locks his or herself in your room. If he gets stuck, you simply pull out your key and open the door for him yourself.
Electronic locks are becoming more and more popular among homeowners because of their convenience. Most smart locks are installed on the exterior doors of a home rather than the interior doors, but there are smart locks that are designed specifically for use on interior doors (like bedroom doors). Smart locks can use keypad entry or a fob to open, and are handy if you don't like carrying extra keys.
If you are looking into a smart lock for your bedroom door or another interior door (for example, an office), there are a few options out there for you.
Turbolock TL-111 Pro: This is a smart lock that incorporates a small keypad on the top of the doorknob. It costs about 80 dollars and has an emergency if the smart lock mechanism breaks. The smart lock operates on battery power, and the batteries should be changed once a year.
Yale Assure Lever Lock: Yale Assure locks are available in several models. They are compatible with Bluetooth, Z-wave, and WiFi, depending on the model. These locks can connect to Siri and Alexa, and Google Assistant with an additional feature. They range in cost from 200-300 dollars and incorporate a keypad entry mechanism as well.
Lockly (pin genie): This lock allows users to set time-constrained codes for the keypad, allowing guest access when necessary. It is compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa, as long as you purchase the correct add-ons to make the system work. In addition to the keypad, this lock also incorporates a fingerprint sensor. It ranges in cost from 230-280 dollars, depending on the model and package.
Ultraloq UL3 Bluetooth: This lock incorporates a keypad and fingerprint access. It uses Bluetooth connectivity to connect to your phone and to Alexa, as long as it is within range. It is a little cheaper than some options, sitting at around 150-200 dollars.
No matter which lock system you choose, you can rest assured that your interior doors will be well protected.
While door locks can do great things for your home security, it's often a good idea to have a full home security system to complement your locks. Home security systems make your home over 70% less likely to be burgled or invaded. Installing a home security system can also get you great discounts on your homeowners' or renters' insurance. Cove is a no-contract, no-commitment DIY home security option, for a great price. We offer high-quality home security services and technology that can’t be beaten.
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Notes For more information on cylindrical locks, visit https://www.locknet.com/newsroom/mortise-locks-vs-cylindrical-locks-whats-best-for-your-facility/ and https://www.locknet.com/newsroom/whats-the-difference-mortise-vs-cylindrical-locks/ to read Lock Net's articles.
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