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December 26, 2009 11:48 PM Subscribe
What is the best door lock out there for less than $200?
posted by VikingSword to home & garden (17 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
The rate of burglaries has been steadily rising in my neighborhood. Just recently they broke into the house next to ours. We travel a lot and are frequently away, as are our immediate neighbors. I have a lot of equipment I don't want to lose.
This is an apartment in a small 4 apartment building from 1928. We cannot modify the rather ancient door which has a small glass window (a person cannot fit through, though they could easily fit their arm to unlock the door from the inside).
YES I AM AWARE THAT EVERY LOCK CAN BE OPENED BY A DETERMINED CRIMINAL. Therefore: I need a lock that's good enough to discourage a less than top level burglar, and/or slow them down enough so they'd be nervous hanging around the door too long trying to open it.
I'm hoping the lock will be: kick resistant; bump/pick resistant; saw resistant; drill resistant; double cylinder (glass window problem). I'm hoping to spend no more than $200, though I'd go higher if the lock is absolutely fab. Bonus if I can install it myself - I'm moderately handy (I've installed the current double cylinder Schlage).
I looked at Consumer Reports online, but none of the locks I saw them evaluate were drill resistant (though several were kick resistant). I googled for recommendations, but came up empty.