Best Deadbolts 6/3/11
Kick-in test When it comes to testing deadbolts Consumer Reports covers all the bases. (NATSOT: Kick) Saw test Besides the kick-in test, technicians spent weeks sawing … (NATSOT: Sawing) Lock tests … picking … wrenching … and drilling … (NATSOT: Drilling) … to see how secure locks are. In all, Consumer Reports tested 19 locks. John Galeotafiore, "If you have a standard door lock like this, choosing any deadbolt is going to be a big improvement." Several locks come with features like fingerprint access and keypad entry. But Consumer Reports found many don't provide the protection they promise - even one that costs 250 dollars! CHYRON: John Galeotafiore Consumer Reports "Unfortunately, a few hard kicks or using a cordless drill in the right spot can get past most of the locks we tested." A significant problem - weak strike plates. John Galeotafiore, "Most of the locks come with a strike plate like this that attaches to the door frame and the bolt goes into it. The problem is that they're very thin metal, and the screws are short, so it can't attach to the home's framing."
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