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Alternative to Deadbolt

Typical cylinder deadbolts are common door security devices, but other options exist. You must protect the safety of the home, as well as the occupants inside, from outside intruders.

Keeping a home safe requires a good door locking mechanism.

Typical cylinder deadbolts are common door security devices, but other options exist.  You must protect the safety of the home, as well as the occupants inside, from outside intruders.


Alternatives

Alternative locking devices can include a security screen door over the main front door, a flip lock or chain lock on the inside of the door, or a simple wedge placed at the bottom of the door. 


Other Alternatives

For more advanced security, keyless locks are available.  An installed keypad must have the correct code entered to allow access inside.

Also, you can install sliding bar locks, which bar or lock the entire door from the inside. 


Considerations

When purchasing a locking mechanism, keep in mind that though the people inside a building will be safe from outside dangers, emergencies do occur.  If an emergency does occur inside, the locking mechanism needs to be simple enough to let people out of the building safely and quickly .

About the Author

Writing professionally since 2010, Amy Rodriguez cultivates successful cacti, succulents, bulbs, carnivorous plants and orchids at home. With an electronics degree and more than 10 years of experience, she applies her love of gadgets to the gardening world as she continues her education through college classes and gardening activities.

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