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At The Home Security Experts, we discuss the importance of home security systems in great detail. Smart homeowners understand that home security is more than just living in a nice neighborhood or locking your doors, it is about protecting your home, valuables, and, most importantly, your family from the criminals that seek to do you harm and take what is rightfully yours. However, despite the emphasis that we so frequently place on the importance of monitored home security systems, it is important to remember that the first line of defense for your home is none other than your front door.
While Hollywood likes to show criminals entering homes via fire escapes, windows, and other exotic points of entry, the truth is that most criminals would love it if they could just walk through the front door. For proof, just look at the fact that many daytime home robberies involve the thief kicking down the front door or using a crowbar to jimmy the door open. That's why the very first step you should take to secure your home is to purchase a high-quality front door lock.
The American National Standards Institute, also known as ANSI, is a professional organization that rates the types of door locks according to a three-point quality and strength scale. Read along to learn about the differences in rankings and about why you should care.
Grade 1 is the highest quality lock available to consumers today. These locks are considered to have the highest level of security of residential locks, and also meet commercial building requirements for lock strength. The only sort of locks that meet this level of certification are commercial grade lever locks. They must be capable of performing through 800,000 openings and must pass a 30 lb weight test.
This level of lock is considered to meet the minimum standard for "light commercial building requirements" and it exceeds the security needs of your average residential unit. These locks must be capable of operating correctly through 400,000 openings and must pass a 250 lb weight test, making them excellent front door locks.
This is the lowest grade lock found on the market, and unfortunately is the average quality lock found on most new residential construction projects. These devices provide the minimum amount of security required for a residential property. They must be built to withstand 200,000 openings and a weight test of 150 lbs.
This ANSI Grade 1 deadbolt lock is a fantastic choice for homeowners interested in a high-quality, durable that is capable of providing well-rounded protection against intruders and unwanted guests. Unlike many of the technologically advanced models reviewed in this article, this reasonable priced lock is easy to use and does not require extra infrastructure or tools like a power supply or extra batteries to operate.
The Kwikset SmartKey Tavaris Single Cylinder Handleset, which comes equipped with the very popular Vedani Lever, is an excellent choice for homeowners with an expanded budget and desire for a front door lock that provides ease of entry and flexibility. This unit comes with the SmartKey technology, which allows the homeowner to easily rekey the lock at a moment's notice. In addition, it features a fully-reversible lever, meaning that it can be easily installed on either a right handed or left handed door.
This high-end electronic door lock is one of the top models reviewed today. This unit comes equipped with a sturdy, fingerprint-resistant screen that prevents a fingerprint pattern from emerging and from thieves using this information to enter your home. The keyless door lock also has an auto-lock feature that opens and closes the door as you as you enter the correct code. It is also unique for the fact that it has a motion detector sensor and alarm on the front of the door, alerting those inside of the home that someone is outside your front door.
The last item reviewed today, this bio-matic fingerprint deadbolt door lock is the best choice for homeowners interested in safety and convenience. This easy to use and program unit allows a homeowner to enter their home simply using their pre-registered fingerprint; but, for situations where the power goes out or you have gloves on, you can easily use the manual mechanical key to enter the house.