Consumer Reports Door Lock Advice

By: John Harding Email
By: John Harding Email

It's what stands between you and thew crooks who want your stuff and possibly, to harm the ones you love, but not all door locks are created equal. We looked deeper into the locks that do the best job of protecting you, and enlisted the help of Consumer Reports.

We found that locks are graded on a scale of 1 to 3, with grade one locks being the hardest to disable. Not all packages have the grades, so you may need to check each company website to find it. Also, the strike plate is crucial. It needs to be heavy duty metal, with 3 inch screws.

Consumer reports tested a Medeco Maxum model. It's pricy at $190 but withstood every attempt to pick, pry pummel, bump, saw and drill it open.

It also tested a lock made by Gatehouse. You can pick it up at many home improvement stores for around $12. Consumer Reports says resist the urge to go cheap. It was easily kicked in and pried open with a screwdriver. It was also easily picked, drilled and sawed.

A nice compromise might be a Falcon model for about 55-dollars. It offers about the same protection as the $190 model, but was easily opened with a cordless drill.

Bottom line, the best models are often more expensive, but any of these would be less than your homeowners dudectible or the cost to replace your things.

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