Cheapskate Wisdom from … a Locksmith

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“People assume that the locks sold to the general public are secure. A lot of times, when the label says ‘fortress’ or ‘faultless’ or ‘defiant,’ they’re easy to pick, and the strength of the bolt isn’t very strong. The bottom line is, you get what you pay for.”

Quote from Howard Nevitt, a locksmith and store owner in Seattle, from a NY Times story about buying deadbolts and door locks that’ll scare off thieves.

7 comments
MarcusFillion
MarcusFillion

I do generally assume that locks are secure, especially when they're touted as "faultless" or "fortress." I guess the only way to really tell is to talk to a locksmith. I wonder if I could get a locksmith to try and break into my house. That would let me know pretty quickly if I need to replace any locks. http://www.arlocksmithnj.com

MaryJanePrincton
MaryJanePrincton

I am the kind of girl that tends to get really scared at night. I am always afraid that someone is going to try to break in. Buying locks is really stressful because you never know how secure the lock is going to be. It is really important that you look into a lot of different locks before you choose they best one to protect your home. I definitely agree that you get what you pay for, so make sure that you pay for something good.


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JamesSimon
JamesSimon

Locksmiths are clever individuals. After all, their job is essentially to do fancy puzzles for a living. I used to have a wood puzzle that was really tricky. It was one of those where the pieces could only be removed in a specific order. That's a lot like what locksmiths do, if you think about it. I'm not surprised that people in that profession have a unique view on life.

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JamesClarkson
JamesClarkson

@RoseNickelson I would make a proper investment in a quality front door because this is the first place a potential thief will try entering. It can be easy for many of us to simply purchase something based upon the packaging; however, you truly get what you pay for. I would speak with a locksmith to find what locks provide the greatest security and protection.

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