door-lockSo you’re lock shopping this week. You just bought a new condo, or maybe there was a break in in your neighborhood. Now that you’re serious about the security of your home, you’re online trying to find out what the best lock is.This is a common question, and the answer varies depending on your needs. Some people might go with smart locks so they don’t need to carry keys. Others don’t have that kind of money, and choose a really intimidating looking lock that will deter burglars because it’s a less-appealing target. Most just want what’s convenient. For real security though, I’d tell just about everyone to go deadbolt, and here’s why.   

padlock on a chain across a doorIf you're in the process of planning your Thanksgiving right now, I'd like to invite you to take a short break. It's time for a different kind of roast.I don't like padlocks. Just the fact that they're external locks, and thus removable, opens up a load of security issues you don't see in things like deadbolts. A weak lock can be pulled off a door. A weak chain can be broken. To expose some of these basic flaws, I've pulled up some videos featuring one of the most common brands on the market today: Master Lock.

padlock-door-lock-key-hole-67537 So it’s time for new locks. There are plenty of reasons for it. You’re moving into a new place and want to make sure the locks are fresh. You’re redesigning and want an updated look for your door hardware. You want to break up with someone but you already gave them a key to your place and now it’s too awkward to ask for it back (no one said they had to be good reasons).Well before you go to all the trouble, let’s look at your options. You can replace the locks, of course; get them taken out and put in new ones. That seems the obvious choice. But have you thought of rekeying?To rekey a lock, your locksmith will switch out the pins and cut you a new key, so the keys that used to work are now obsolete.So how do you decide?