How secure is your home? What kind of locks do you use on your doors? Do you think they’re sufficient? Your safety and that of your family may depend on the sturdiness and security of your doors. Thus, it’s essential to choose locks that can’t easily be bypassed.
You may not know it, but many common locks can easily be bypassed or broken into, and even those high-tech smart locks have weaknesses. By breaking into your own house, you can learn how secure your doors really are. If you can pick your own locks, then others can too.
Lockpicking is an easy skill to learn. There are many guides that teach beginners how to pick a lock. Learning how to pick locks can help you know what your house’s vulnerabilities are. You can then patch a security gap with a supplemental lock or measure in conjunction with the existing one.
That said, here are a few easy steps to bypass door locks that you may have at home.
Deadbolts are typically secondary locks installed on exterior doors, the ones that allow entry to a house or building. Their purpose is to make a door more resistant to forced entries and credit card bypasses.
However, where brute force doesn’t work, cunning usually succeeds. Deadbolts may seem sturdy, but they’re one of the easiest to break into with a tension wrench and a lockpick.
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Pin Tumbler Locks
Pin tumbler locks (a.k.a. pin cylinders) may be the most common type of lock. Many doors, closets, cabinets, etc. use them. As such, most novice locksmiths and lockpickers practice their craft on pin tumbler locks because of the device’s familiarity and its entry-level difficulty.
Security Door Chains
Door chains give the impression of security. However, they can easily be bypassed even without the help of lockpicking tools. A simple rubber band can unlatch them.
Actually, any strong string or wire can defeat this type of lock. By tying a rubber band, string, or wire on the far end of the chain, one can unfasten it in no time at all.
Realistically, every lock can be picked. It’s just a matter of how long it takes and how complex the mechanism is. If you want to see more examples of easy-to-pick locks, you can help yourself with this resource page.
An easy lock on its own doesn’t mean much in terms of security but installing two different locks (with one lock more complex than the other) on one door can exponentially increase the time it takes to break into it. Thus, it isn’t necessary to search for the perfect, 100 percent sure secure lock, because it probably doesn’t exist. But technology might be changing it such as smart locks, which could be the future of home security.
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