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Security - A Better Lock

There is nothing particularly bad about the exiting front door locks - however, like almost all current locks made, they can easily be defeated by a technique known as bumping. A great article 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.

So if you live in a townhome or a condo, you can install a bump proof lock yourself or have one installed. Apartment residents should contact the Leasing Office for information on changing their locks.

Homeowners Note -  Per 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 Note:  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."

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 $109.00.

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.

by Peter Schulz

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