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smokey847 12-25-2013 04:18 PM

Is it necessary to have a locking doorknob with a deadbolt?
 
Can I get away with just a deadbolt?

bbo 12-25-2013 04:33 PM

sure, all part of risk assessment.

ddawg16 12-25-2013 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by smokey847
Can I get away with just a deadbolt?

. It's quote common to see only the dead bolt with the lock. Don't get overly concerned about how well the door locks. If someone wants in bad enough, they will get in. The more common points of entry are side/back doors and windows. One last thing on that door bolt. In most areas it's against code to have a deadbolt that requires a key on the inside.

Maintenance 6 12-27-2013 09:19 AM

Deadbolts are many times more secure than knob locks, so if I had to have only one, it would be a deadbolt. As far as "If someone wants in bad enough, they will get in.", that may have some truth to it, but if you make it difficult enough, that same person won't be willing to make all the noise and go to that much trouble to get in. The longer it takes a thief and the more noise they must make to get in, the more likely they are to get caught.

sublime2 12-27-2013 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Maintenance 6 (Post 1283209)
Deadbolts are many times more secure than knob locks, so if I had to have only one, it would be a deadbolt. As far as "If someone wants in bad enough, they will get in.", that may have some truth to it, but if you make it difficult enough, that same person won't be willing to make all the noise and go to that much trouble to get in. The longer it takes a thief and the more noise they must make to get in, the more likely they are to get caught.

Or move on to the next house......

gregzoll 12-27-2013 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by smokey847 (Post 1282627)
Can I get away with just a deadbolt?

Locks are only made to keep honest people out. It is really up to you if you want both. If the door has two holes, just put in an electronic entry lock, that the deadbolt can be controlled by the keypad or key, and the regular lock set has no key lock.

gregzoll 12-27-2013 06:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Maintenance 6 (Post 1283209)
Deadbolts are many times more secure than knob locks, so if I had to have only one, it would be a deadbolt. As far as "If someone wants in bad enough, they will get in.", that may have some truth to it, but if you make it difficult enough, that same person won't be willing to make all the noise and go to that much trouble to get in. The longer it takes a thief and the more noise they must make to get in, the more likely they are to get caught.

Only if you use 2 1/2" or 3" screws to secure the plate into the studs, same with the hinges.

Otherwise, one swift kick on the door, and it is going to open, regardless of how cheap or expensive the lock is.

bklynsoulja 12-28-2013 08:13 PM

strike plate is also good

Hardway 12-28-2013 08:29 PM

Post a photo of what you have.

smokey847 12-29-2013 06:07 PM

It's just a standard wooden and glass door.
http://i41.tinypic.com/11gk4mh.jpg

I'm replacing all the locks and knobs with oil rubbed bronze hardware.

gregzoll 12-29-2013 07:00 PM

Having all of that glass, the locks do nothing more, than keep the honest people out. As for the Oil Rubbed Bronze, it should look okay on that door.

concretemasonry 12-29-2013 08:22 PM

After the concern, maybe I will start to think about locking my doors and windows when I am gone. The problem is, I do not know if I even have a key.

Obviously, paranoid people tend to attract attempts at theft, either because they imagine a treasure inside or just want a challenge.

About 10 years ago when I live in northern MI (200 miles from hell/Detroit) I left my home for a 3 or 4 day trip to SF,CA. When I came home I saw the front door was open and the screen door was closed by the closer. It did not look too inviting because it appeared the home was occupied.

Dick


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