Flip Locks Elevate Home Security
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
Door Lock Systems
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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.
Home Made Solutions to Home Security
Have you ever used a chair or other item under a door knob to increase home security?
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!
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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.