We see cat burglars and master criminals do it in movies, but how easy is it to pick a lock in real life? It turns out, most locks are pretty easy to bypass with a couple hairpins and a little practice. Locks are a totally necessary first line of defense – obviously nobody should be able to walk right into your home. However, it’s extremely important to have a second line of defense like a home security system to protect yourself. In order to protect yourself, it can be useful to know the vulnerabilities of door locks as well as the details of how to pick a lock.

How To Pick A Lock: Criminology 101


As you can see, it’s troubling how easy it is to pick a lock with something as simple as a hairpin. With some practice, anyone could bypass your door locks to access your home while you’re away, or worse – while you’re in the house. While not all locks are the same, we’re willing to bet that most have their weaknesses and are vulnerable to the enterprising burglar. However, second and third layers of defense are an excellent way of defeating thieves who do a little more preparing.

Beyond Door Locks: A Second Layer of Home Defense

Someone may be able to pick a lock but once your security system sounds an alarm, it’s a whole new ball game. Forcing open a window or even breaking a glass door lock is no match for an all-encompassing wireless security system. This technology uses magnetic sensors to secure all potentially vulnerable entry points like windows and doors, plus protects against shattering glass with a  sensor that responds to the sound of breaking glass by setting off the alarm. These are only a small number of the different components available on the market, so know your second layer can easy be as robust as you like.

Third Layer of Home Defense

If, somehow, a burglar makes it inside your home – he still will have no chance at going undetected if you implement a third layer of home protection. This is as simple as placing a motion detector (free with every Protect America home security system) in a strategic place within your home. Also, keep in mind that modern technology allows your home to actually reach out to you when there’s a problem. Imagine receiving a text message from your house saying there has been an alarm. Free interactive apps like this one connect you to your home even when you’re not there. Security systems do this at the same time as contacting authorities for a quick response. Wireless cameras record to internet storage as soon as an alarm sounds, so you can protect your home and document anything that happens with hard evidence.

Don’t panic, but also – don’t rely on a simple lock to keep your home secure. Make sure your home has a second and even third layer of defense!

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