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3/11/2010 - Security - Condo Burglarized

A condo in building #2 was burglarized on Thursday 3/11/2010 and the burglary has been reported to the Sheriff.

Items were taken during the daytime while the owner was not in their unit. It appears that entry was gained by compromising the front door lock.

Call the Sheriff if you have information on this burglary, or if you see any suspicious people or activity.

As for making your unit more secure, I recommend upgrading the lock to your unit if you haven't already done so.

There is nothing particularly bad about the existing front door locks - however, like almost all current locks made, they can easily be defeated by a technique known as bumping. Info on bumping here.

The good news is that there are now a number of lock companies that offer locks that cannot be bumped. Some are available through retail outlets and online while others are only available through locksmiths.

Homeowners:  Per Tammy, the Property Manager, "If the appearance of the door lock will change from the actual door lock then an Architectural Application must be filled out with a picture of the proposed lock. If it is identical to the one that is currently in place, no application is required."

Developer Lessees:  Per your lease agreement, "Please meet with the Leasing Manager for written approval before you add to, change, or alter any locks in your townhome or condo."

Apartment Residents: Per your lease agreement. "Please meet with the Manager for written approval before you add to, change, or alter any locks in your apartment."

As for me, I ordered a Medeco Maxum Single Cylinder Deadbolt in Brushed Chrome for a 1 3/4" door with a 2 3/8" backset and a standard 1 1/8" latch face with 4 keys. The total cost including a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into the wooden door frame plus shipping was $145.00.

But if you want a locksmith to do the job for you, condo resident Janice Reddinger recommends C.K.'s LOCKSMITH in Boynton - phone 561-732-9418 and tell them Janice recommended them.

Peter Schulz - Editor - Email TCRN

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