|Sent on:||Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:59 AM|
Hi all - I've been doing some research on home security. After I found out how easy it is to get through big-box store brands of deadbolts (with no sign on forced entry) via a technique called "bumping" (some videos show how easy it is here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=deadbolt+bumping), I've looked into deadbolts that aren't so easily defeated.
Here are some that come recommended (aside from electronic ones which I personally don't trust): Abloy and BiLock brands.
available here (also on Amazon, but that just points you back to the same folks)
these guys also have a decent Best Practices page here: https://securitysnobs.com/Best-Practices.html
Also, it turns out that the security and/or locks on most budget firearms safes are trivial to defeat: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gun+safe+picking
Hackers even had a presentation about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIJFQO4DIxw
The hackers had the hardest time with this safe: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001T29C2K/
Now, having Ft Knox for a front door is great, but if you have a large window accessible right next to it, not so much. That's where window security film comes in - it's a plastic sheet that you install to make it *much* harder to break through the glass. In fact, the site Reddit had a smash-and-grab burglar say that was, after a properly installed deadbolt, *the best thing* you could do to protect yourself: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/eewou/iama_retired_cat_burglar_ama/
There are a couple of brands, 3M and Madico are big, but I think they only sell via authorized resellers. Remlor is the brand for DIY'ers it seems, and is available on Amazon.
Video showing effectiveness of window film:
How to measure your windows for film purchase: http://www.diywindowsecurity.com/measuring-windows-security-film.php
So, does anybody want to get some with me? You can get it by the yard on Amazon - would be cheaper and save on shipping...if so, please message me!