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Concerned about Home Security?

by Guy Randise, The DIY Guy

Protecting your home and your belongings is a legitimate concern, especially with the growing number of break-ins in Pattaya. While security systems and alarms offer the highest level of protection, high-quality door locks are your primary defense.


There are many types of locks available, most of which you can install yourself as a DIY enthusiast. Before investing in high-quality locks, make sure your doors cannot be kicked in. Without a tough door, a heavy-duty lock won't do much good.


The deadbolt is a heavy-duty lock that is separate from the door knob. Deadbolts are positioned so that a large metal bar--the bolt--pops out of the side of your door and into the wall when you lock it. This ensures that, unless the deadbolt is unlocked, the door cannot be opened.


Deadbolts are tough and strong, but must be secured correctly so that they are not destroyed by someone kicking the door in or using a drill or other tools. Look for a hardened steel bolt. Also make sure that the strike plate for the deadbolt is installed properly and that the bolt goes all the way into the hole in the door jamb. If not, or if the strike plate is not secure, the door frame will not hold in the event of a burglary. Use screws that are at least 5 cm long to mount the strike plate to the door frame.


Many of the newest locks on the market don’t require the use of a key; they provide keyless entry using a code or your smart phone. Most of these locks are deadbolts or high-tech options for different types of access and enhanced security.


These keyless options offer not only better security, they also are technologically advanced. A lock that allows access with a code or the use of an individual’s smart phone, for example, allows your children to get into the house when no one is at home, or a trusted house cleaner or visitor to enter without requiring you to be home. Since electronic locks are connected to your phone, they also provide you with direct information about who is entering your home and when. While these locks are high tech, they are easy to install and interact with free apps that you can download directly to your phone.


Look around at what is now available to help make your home more secure. You may be pleasantly surprised.