, a thumb-turn dead bolt won’t do much good. They knock out the glass, stick a hand in, and turn. Get a double cylinder lock that needs a key on the inside.
Otherwise there's probably a master key out there that can easily open your home.
Every time someone says that, it takes an extra ten minutes to get it open. It's the kiss of death.
. They’ll quote you a great price, but when they get there, they’ll say you have a special lock they can’t pick, so they have to drill it open. Then they charge you $200+ for a replacement lock you can buy at Home Depot for $60.
We unlock doors and rekey the locks of the entire home that way the current evicted tenants have no access to the home after we leave.
I can't tell you how many times I go out to rekey one or let someone in, and I find problems. If it's not installed right, it won't protect you.
. It should have at least a one-inch “throw,” and on the “strike side,” there should be a security plate with screws at least three inches long that go all the way into the door’s wood frame.
. More than once, I arrived at a lock-out to find two competitors’ work vans already there. At that point, we all agreed to leave and abandon the inconsiderate victim.
Ask me to key your door so that your master key works on both the deadbolt and the doorknob, but hers works just on the knob. On the day she comes, lock only the knob.
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