Your Home Security
Lock Set Choices

The home security lock that you choose, should depend on your particular situation. Factors like the type of door you have, the installation skill level that is required and the cost of the lock itself play an important roll.

Home security lock.

It’s important that you select the right home security lock. The one that best suits your needs and is the right fit for you.

The following explains the most common types of home security door locks available. It also explains the correct application of each.


Jimmy-Proof Deadbolt - This deadbolt lock is mounted on the back surface of the door. The locking pin slides into a strike plate that’s mounted on the door frame. It’s shaped like a “D” and is available in either a single or double cylinder model.

A surface mounted deadbolt is considered more tamper-resistant.

The single cylinder deadbolt lock comes with a key on the outside and a thumb-turn handle on the inside. This type of lock can be installed on a door that does not have a glass windowpane.

The double cylinder deadbolt lock comes with a key on both the inside and outside. This type of lock can be installed on a door that has a glass windowpane. In the event of an emergency, the interior key should always be readily available to insure a quick exit.

When installed properly, they can withstand hammering, sawing and are considered more tamper-resistant or jimmy-proof. They're
  • secure
  • not difficult to install
  • reasonably priced.


Single and Double Cylinder Locks - These types of deadbolt locks are installed on the side-edge of the door. This is achieved by drilling a hole on the face of the door for the cylinder mechanism, and a smaller hole on the edge of the door for the locking pin. They are available in either a single or double cylinder model.

Single cylinder deadbolt.

The single cylinder deadbolt lock comes with a key on the outside and a thumb-turn handle on the inside. This type of lock can be installed on a door that does not have a glass windowpane.

The double cylinder deadbolt lock comes with a key on both the inside and outside. This type of lock can be installed on a door that has a glass windowpane. In the event of an emergency, the interior key should always be readily available to insure a quick exit. This is very important.

The better quality cylinder door lock sets are resistant to drilling, lock picking and do not allow unauthorized key duplication. They`re

  • very secure
  • a bit more challenging to install
  • a little more expensive.

Mortise Door Lock - This type of home security lock is fitted into a mortise (or rectangular cavity) on the  outer most edge of the door. The lock is rectangular in shape and is typically installed on heavy doors.

Mortise lock set.

Mortise lock sets are known for their pin locking mechanisms that allow you to release both the lock latch and deadbolt with one turn of the key.

They also have a reputation for being extremely well built, durable and secure. These types of lock sets are typically considered as high-end locks.

The designs that are available are simply beautiful. They can highly compliment the exterior look of any home. Depending on your budget, they can come in smooth polished brass, chrome, and zinc dichromate finishes to name a few.

When it comes to home security lock sets, mortise locks can be your best choice and are well worth the investment. They

  • are extremely secure
  • require a higher level of skill to install
  • are more expensive.


Keyless Entry Lock Set - As the name indicates, this type of lock grants you entry without the use of a key.

Fingerprint lock.

Mechanical keyless locks come with rows of numbered push buttons. You must enter the right number combination to open the lock.

Electronic keyless locks can come with keypads, digital touch screens, or a handle-held remote control devices. Some can even be controlled via your cellular phone.

Biometric door locks work with finger print sensors. This eliminates the hassle of making duplicate keys for everyone in the family. All that is needed is to enroll each person`s finger print into the system. It also eliminates the possibility of a lost key falling into the wrong hands.

In the past, lost keys were always a home security risk. You would have no choice but to re-key or change the lock. Biometric home security door locks are considered to be a more sophisticated and technologically advanced type of home security. They are

  • extremely secure
  • not that difficult to install
  • usually more expensive.


As you can see, there a lot of home security lock set choices available to you. Take your time, review the information above and choose what works for you.

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