Most thieves when breaking into a house, consider the door first. It is often times the easiest and the quickest way to enter a house and commit burglary. Most experts will state that dead bolt door locks will deter most burglars, they will see a dead bolt lock, and just move to the next house on the block. The doors most often searched out by home intruders are the ones that are located off the street and away from the eyes of the neighborhood or those that are passing by, such doors are the ones along the side and the back of a house, those that attach a garage to the main living quarters. And in this economy especially, most look at the price of a lock and base their decisions on that alone, but it is worth it to do a little research and spend a little more cash, in order to better protect those possessions and to protect their lives from those that may do them harm. The quality of the door lock is of utmost importance.
Some locks can be broken with a hammer or picked or pried apart with pliers, drilled off with a power tool. And if the door is located close to a window, thieves may break the window in order to unlock the door from the inside. There are two classical types of locks most residential developers install in houses, the dead bolt and the latch, the best lock combines the two. There is a system that is used to measure the durability and the security of door locks that is put out by the American Nat. Standards Institute. Their recommendation is that a Grade one dead bolt be installed. They also recommend that one should install a lock that is controlled by a key, on both sides of the door, especially important on doors that have windows that can be broken, or those that are located close to windows. These careful considerations will cause sufficient deterrents to the burglars that may approach ones house.