Disappointing Deadbolt Locks

When it comes to testing deadbolts Consumer Reports covers all the bases.

Besides the kick-in test, technicians spent weeks sawing …
… picking … wrenching … and drilling …
… to see how secure locks are.

In all, Consumer Reports tested 19 locks.

John Galeotafiore with Consumer Reports says, "If you have a standard door lock like this, choosing any deadbolt is going to be a big improvement."

Several locks come with features like fingerprint access and keypad entry. But Consumer Reports found many don't provide the protection they promise - even one that costs $250!

John says, "Unfortunately, a few hard kicks or using a cordless drill in the right spot can get past most of the locks we tested."

A significant problem - weak strike plates.

John adds, "Most of the locks come with a strike plate like this that attaches to the door frame and the bolt goes into it. The problem is that they're very thin metal, and the screws are short, so it can't attach to the home's framing."

All too often the strike plates failed Consumer Reports' tests.

Of all the locks tested, only one passed all of Consumer Reports tests. It's the Medeco Maxum Deadbolt that costs $190. It's the only one a drill couldn't get through.

Testers also recommend the Falcon model D241 for $55. While it isn't drill resistant, it did well in all of the other Consumer Reports tests.

If you already have a deadbolt, Consumer Reports says there's an inexpensive way to strengthen it.
Replace your strike plate with a heavy-duty one.

Consumer Reports recommends the Mag High Security Box Strike that goes for $10.

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