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Flip Locks Elevate Home Security

Updated on May 23, 2019
One key to safety is a secure locking system.
One key to safety is a secure locking system. | Source

Flip Lock? What’s That?

Really?! Another intruder caused us to check into what’s new in home security. He caused me to respond in the same way I mentioned in my third hub titled Accenting Southern: A Comfortable Heritage. I scared him silly so he would run away, but that only happened because I saw him before he saw me. The whole story is a slice-of-life post for a different article.

Many things play into how and why a person should stay on top of the newest options homeowners have for securing their properties. It’s a sad truth that residential crime is on the rise. Exterior doors to having two locks on them now days is pretty standard, but sometimes the simplest addition can make a huge difference.

In my most recent case the intruder had scoped out alarms and figured out how to approach our one secluded door. He looked too professional to suit me and I was sorry it didn’t have an unpickable lock. Even though the police may have found him and/or his partner in the area, one or both could still return at some other time.

What I gleaned from the incident is that checking out improvements in door security and choosing what would work best for us had to be a priority. It would take a little time so before going to bed that night we added a new motion light to that door’s area, some new solar landscape lighting, and a new alarm location. It was a busy evening, but well worth the peace of mind.

Until Flip Locks This Method Helped Give Peace of Mind

After the last intruder, but prior to installing flip locks, a chair under the knobs worked. It was a rather awkward solution. That took second place, however, to doing what we could in the circumstances.
After the last intruder, but prior to installing flip locks, a chair under the knobs worked. It was a rather awkward solution. That took second place, however, to doing what we could in the circumstances. | Source

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What Kind of Lock Should We Add?

We were then free to scope out what kind of door locks we wanted to add. Most people already have a knob lock and a security bolt above it, but if an experienced intruder has tools those barely slow him down. He could be inside quicker than a blink to the surprise of an unaware resident.

Chain locks are also pretty fragile for a determined criminal. They are designed so the door can open a few inches which gives invaders an edge. SImple alarms can be helpful but do not deter every kind of miscreant.

Of all the options, we decided to go with the flip lock style. A few notes here before you view the photo montage below. I do not know that these are a perfect preventive, but by ditching the smaller installation screws and using beefier ones the lock is more secure in the frame.

If someone picks the other locks and is determined to push through I like that they will not know what they are dealing with and that they will have to create quite a racket in trying. During the daytime the commotion is likely to attract the visual attention of a homeowner or neighbor, and in the dead of night it will sound like someone trying to wake the dead.

Combining this type lock with our other security measures is a simple, economical way to substantially strengthen our personalized safety system in a subtle way. They are an inconspicuous alternative to spending a great deal to shore up a door. Happily, the style we chose is not unattractive inside the addition's rooms, some of which have yet to be finished.

Flip locks are available from several companies. One even advertises a no-damage style for renters. They come in colors to match existing hardware. There are slight differences in the brands so a buyer needs to investigate for their best choice. I’m all about choices when it comes to safety and I like that if one part of our system doesn’t alert me about trouble brewing, another part should.

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Quick Look at a Flip Lock in Action

Navigating Safety Safely

A flippant attitude toward watchfulness and home security could have cost me dearly (several times now, actually). Victimhood in one area of life can make us fearful or it can be an opportunity to face the realities of this fallen world and help us respond wisely to what we learn along the way so we can apply it to other areas of life.

Though I’m pleased with our newest home security product I’ll be keeping an eye out for what’s to come in the industry. Who knows, maybe I’ll be the one to come up with the next latest, greatest option. You just might want to keep your eye out for that, but in the meantime, viva flip locks!

Easy to Install Flip Locks

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Trying this flip lock brand out.Product information.Brochure shows installation near door knob, as shown in our photos. This location seems more secure, but as shown in video below others use it for interior security for children.Flip lock installation is as simple as shown.Simple tools needed. (Hand screwdriver or power drill.)Open it, close it, give a little clap!Open it, close it, take a safe nap! Marking pilot holes.Installing longer screws.Last step is a tiny screw adjustment explained in instruction brochure. Simple and done!
Trying this flip lock brand out.
Trying this flip lock brand out. | Source
Product information.
Product information. | Source
Brochure shows installation near door knob, as shown in our photos. This location seems more secure, but as shown in video below others use it for interior security for children.
Brochure shows installation near door knob, as shown in our photos. This location seems more secure, but as shown in video below others use it for interior security for children. | Source
Flip lock installation is as simple as shown.
Flip lock installation is as simple as shown. | Source
Simple tools needed. (Hand screwdriver or power drill.)
Simple tools needed. (Hand screwdriver or power drill.) | Source
Open it, close it, give a little clap!
Open it, close it, give a little clap! | Source
Open it, close it, take a safe nap!
Open it, close it, take a safe nap! | Source
Marking pilot holes.
Marking pilot holes. | Source
Installing longer screws.
Installing longer screws. | Source
Last step is a tiny screw adjustment explained in instruction brochure. Simple and done!
Last step is a tiny screw adjustment explained in instruction brochure. Simple and done! | Source

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If one part of our personalized security system doesn’t alert me about trouble brewing, another part should. Flip locks add to the levels of security in our system.

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Genna East: A break-in is unnerving, so sorry you had to deal with one! I've not seen the flip locks on dead bolts but will be keeping an eye out for them. After the intruder we propped chairs under the knobs until we installed the separate flip locks. Thank you for your comment.

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    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Peg Cole:

    Thanks very much for adding expert info from your dad. I knew with the right tools an experienced person could pick locks but was also surprised to learn just how easy most anyone can do it. I do think layers of extra protection are important rather than depending on just one type of home security.

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    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Cynthia:

    You are welcome! Thank you for checking this home security post out.

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    Genna East 

    4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Excellent article, Peggy. I was broken into a couple of years ago while I was home. I installed a home security system with instant triggers and flips locks on the dead bolts. We can never be too safe! This article is a must read for everyone.

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    Peg Cole 

    4 weeks ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

    These flip locks seem to be an extra layer of precaution to the home security and door locks people usually install. My Dad was a locksmith and he always recommended deadbolts. What a surprise it was when he started the business and showed me how easily locks could be picked. Thanks for the advice on flip locks.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Peggy Woods:

    So appreciate your letting me know you stopped in. Locks aren't all that interesting, but having the info to share with others is helpful.

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    Cynthia 

    4 weeks ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    Thanks for the information and the videos that show what a flip lock is. Looks to be simple to install and operate.

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    Peggy Woods 

    4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

    This is definitely good information to know. Passing it on to others. Thanks!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Dora Weithers:

    Yes, I did the same, until face to face with someone who looked like they could pick a lock! So glad to know this was helpful to you. Thank you for stopping in.

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    Dora Weithers 

    4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

    I just accepted that deadbolts were the safest. Thanks for introducing and explaining the flip, also for suggesting that we we keep up with safety devices. Very helpful.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Jason M Quinapondan:

    Thanks kindly for coming by and for your comment to let us know you found this info on flip locks interesting.

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    Jason M Quinapondan 

    4 weeks ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Interesting and helpful. Safety at home must be a priority. Thanks for this new idea of a lock.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Linda Chechar:

    Any extra measure of security is a smart move and these are an easy way to add a new level. Thanks for letting us know you found this helpful!

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    Linda Chechar 

    4 weeks ago from Arizona

    I've never heard of flip locks. It does seem like it would be extra security in addition to the dead bolts and doorknob locks. We should install one on the front and back doors. Thanks for sharing this information!

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    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Pamela Oglesby:

    Thanks for sharing your experience with the no key combination lock. The flip lock is an additional protection for homeowners when they are indoors, as well as secluded doors when homeowners are away. Obviously, one door in a home with flip locks can't be locked when they are away, but that door can be street-side and well exposed. Multiple methods of security are a good choice.

    A break in does affect a homeowners feeling of well-being. Stopping them outside is ideal and being ready for them often surprises them so much they run away. Our area is a pathway for a criminal element that lives on the street so we wind up with their foot traffic to the south from the cold north in the fall, and then their traffic from the heat of the south to the north in late spring. Everyone knows to be on extra guard during their "traffic" seasons!

    These criminals do a lot of damage as they pass through cities and towns, making it hard to for citizens to justify outreach programs that help feed them, but no one can say who is the criminal among the homeless and who is not unless they are caught in the act. There is much to consider on the topic. Still, every community owns its own set of criminals so transient criminals are not all to blame!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    We put new locks on about a year ago and one is a lock that uses a combinatio,n so there is not key. It will automatically lock after a few seconds when someone goes out the door. I don't necessarily know that t is safer, but we can't forget to lock it. I like the flip lock and think it would be safer.

    We are so fortunate to live in a quiet neighborhood that has had no breakins to my knowlege. However, about 25 years ago a different house I lived in was broken into, and numerous things were taken. Some was jewelry I had received as a child that was more of a treasure to me than valuable. Other jewelry they got was valuable! I felt so violated! We put a steel door in because the door was busted in and not visible from the street. I think your new lock is a great idea, and I appreciated the videos as well.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Patricia Scott:

    So glad this was timely for you! Thanks much for checking out this article.

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    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Liz Westwood:

    Thanks very much for letting me know you found this info useful!

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    Patricia Scott 

    4 weeks ago from sunny Florida

    Interesting that I should stumble on this now. I am just in the process of putting new locks on so I will have these installed I think. Thank you so much for the information. Angels are headed your way this morning ps

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    Liz Westwood 

    4 weeks ago from UK

    This is a very informative article. I shall be looking at flip locks next time I am in a hardware store.

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