questionswhich lock manufacturer is best?

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Keep the locks. Buy a shotgun.

JK. A lot of homes by me have combination locks. I don't know how safe they are.

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My parents made me go to Home Depot with the old locks and get them re-keyed. Which required keeping an adult IN the house while the locks were off the doors. But it wasn't too expensive, I did have a carpenter friend help me remove all the lock sets and go with me while another friend stayed at the house.

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@sgoman5674: Combination locks are LESS safe than keyed locks. Much. You can't afford a lock I can't pick. When my team and I used to do (legal, with signed copies requesting it) midnight breakins, I used to just be amazed at how very quickly we could go through a set of doors, and desk drawers, and all while there were guards patrolling the place.

Here's some fun stuff:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=724520892105738139

https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=7795

I'm personally a fan of having two sets of keys, with the door lock being one key, and the deadbolt taking a different one. Change the locks. You'll sleep better, and you need your sleep.

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@shrdlu: Which locks were the toughest to pick? Was there a particular brand that outperformed the others?

Consumer Reports said the #1 method of forced entry is simply kicking a door in. Many give way because the strike box isn't reinforced and the screws holding the strike box in place aren't long enough. They did say for about $10 you could buy a quality strike box and two 3" screws to replace the (probably) 1" screws in the strike now. The 3" will reach through the door frame and into the studs for additional sturdiness.

After that upgrade, I'm curious which locks perform best against picking, bumping, etc. Thwarting the "higher-tech" intruders.

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@shrdlu: These are of the club you belong to?

Also what about a medeco?

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@perkalicious11: A friend of mine had her back door kicked in, and her dad had reinforced it. I think if the intruder is bent on getting in they will do whatever needs doing. Guy was high on drugs anyway her little dog barking scared him off, as did the intruder alarm.

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@perkalicious11: and @sgoman5674: Please read the defcon forum stuff I posted. Those were some very good comments, by some of the most talented lock pickers I know. We all understand (or should) that someone who wants to break into your house is going to get in. Those glass covered holes that let in the sunshine are brick vulnerabilities just waiting to be demonstrated. One of the things that was discussed in that forum thread is the importance of the door frame that you are using with your lock. It's a worthy read.

In that same thread, you will see discussion on which locks are less "bumpable", and what length of screws to use, and so on. I can't really give opinions on which locks are better (not even offline), but again strongly recommend that you read the posts.

Combination locks next (running out of characters).

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As to combination locks, aside from the likelihood of a lock being set with all the obvious stuff like birthdate, kid's birthdate, and so on, there are all the other fun things. Camera from across the street. Special dust to reveal which numbers are used. Electronic combo locks make nice noises, shifting numbers can still be observed. You can't afford the kind of combination lock that is secure. I loved the old trilogy locks, which I am amazed to say, they still sell.

http://www.taylorsecurity.com/store/default.aspx?DepartmentId=184

No, you shouldn't get one, but they are very cool to take apart.

[Edit] I just looked. Only $418.00.

Dang it. Now I want a Mosler in my garage. You've made me sentimental. That would be a really cool gun safe.

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@sgoman5674: I belong to no clubs. I am not much of a joiner. I am pointing out that there are people who consider picking locks to be a sport, and those very same, very knowledgable people are the same folks in the defcon forum link that are talking about good locks and bad locks, and how to secure your premises.

Some of these people may know me, and I may know some of them. Or not.

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@shrdlu: So you are admitting, but not really admitting, to being a thief?! I've always wanted to know a professional thief. I think that's awesome!

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@sgoman5674: she is really Julie Newmar or maybe not

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@sgoman5674: No, I have never ever been a thief. Look up penetration testing, and also physical security. Everything I did was accompanied by a signed piece of paper from a CIO or equivalent, that specifically addressed what we could and could not do. I know you were probably kidding, but just in case...

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@hobbit: Hey, Julie Newmar was an ACTRESS (sort of). I was usually pretty invisible.

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@sgoman5674: I'm a sensitive little thing, you know. Oh, and here you go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoISzlkmVdc

[Edit] That's on the side of "be careful what you ask for," and yes, of course it is work safe.

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@hobbit: Eartha Kitt was Catwoman. Now I can't remember what role Julie Newmar did play on Batman. Dang it, now I'm going to have to go talk to Google. Bleagh. Never mind. I just remembered. They were BOTH Catwoman.

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Okay back on topic, after reading through the forum posts she linked to, It appears that Medeco locks were the general consensus for security:
http://www.medeco.com/residential/index.html

Amazon has them for $221.00 (Note, this is something you should not buy online, this is merely for price comparison purposes):
http://www.amazon.com/11W0102-PA1-BB-Cylinder-Security-Patriot-Deadbolt/dp/B000N2U8NE

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@catbertthegreat: Yeah, but even the Medeco can be picked. I watched a 12 year old girl do it at Defcon, last year. Still, they are nice locks.

I think the best thing about that thread was all the discussion about what had to go on with the door, and what length screws you should use, and so on. I'm fortunate to have a true master locksmith within call, and I not only have different locks on my house, I have different doors.

The lock picking bunch at defcon are fun guys. A little crazy, but fun.

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@shrdlu: I think also the bit with the deadbolt with a key hole on both sides was an important one for people with windows in their doors too.

3 inch or longer wood screws through the door frame and into the nearest stud in your building.

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This quantity of information is overwhelming...and making me feel doomed. Might as well just leave the door open, cuz nothing is good enough. :'(

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Buy a german shepard and an alarm system.

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@perkalicious11: Not at all. Do not feel doomed. I encourage you to change the locks, which will discourage the former occupants (your desired mission, after all). I also encourage you to take to heart the suggestions in the defcon forum thread, where they talk about the hardware you should use to secure your door.

All is not lost. Remember the security joke about the campers and the bear.

Two campers are sitting by a campfire, and they notice a bear heading for them. The one bends down and quickly puts his shoes on, and starts running. The other says, "Are you crazy? You can't out run a bear." "Ah," the first camper says, "but I only have to out run YOU."

Change your locks. You'll be fine.

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The Consumer Reports article you referred to has the locks rated in this order (top10): Weslock 671, Emtek Low Profile 8455, Kwikset UltraMax Security 980S, Kwikset UltraMax Security 985S, Kwikset UltraMax Signatures Chelsea, Schlage Maximum Security B360, Schlage Maximum Security B362, Schlage Maximum Security Plymouth F360, Kwikset Maximum Security 970, Baldwin Images Logan 5315.

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CR Quick Recommendations

Most of the locks we tested provide at least good resistance to kicking in as well as to prying, wrenching, and hammering. However, only the expensive, high-security models offer better-than-poor protection against drilling and picking.

The Ratings list locks by overall score within two groups. The first group provided adequate kick-in protection as sold; the second required a stronger strike to provide that level of protection. Quick Picks lists models we recommend for protection against specific types of dangers.

Quick Picks

Best for most homeowners; excellent kick-in protection:
Weslock $25 (single-cylinder),
CR Best Buy
Emtek $35 (single-cylinder),
CR Best Buy
Kwikset $45 (double-cylinder)

The Weslock and Emtek also provide excellent resistance to sawing; these models are available primarily through locksmiths. Choose the Kwikset if your door or jamb has glass near the lock.

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I just want to quickly point out (for those who've been reading along) that the Consumer Reports article did not test all brands, which is why you see the ratings that you did. I still recommend Medeco over all of those. I like CR well enough, but consider them a datapoint, and not the only source, as we all should.

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@shrdlu: thanks for pointing that out. I was wondering why most of the Defcon brands were absent from the CR list. All more info to process, I suppose.

You all are ROCKING this question, btw!

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@perkalicious11: okay just get the alarm system. She will suffice.

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Guess this is an old topic, but for some reason it popped up on the side of woot for me. This door lock seems expensive, but looks like it works great! http://www.theultimatelock.com/

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Old topic but its a crucial one. Weslock or Emtek is fine. Old locks are fine just get them looked at. cheers!