4 Considerations To Take When Choosing Locks For Your Rental Properties
4 Considerations To Take When Choosing Locks For Your Rental Properties4 Considerations To Take When Choosing Locks For Your Rental Properties

4 Considerations To Take When Choosing Locks For Your Rental Properties

Locks are a property’s first line of defense. This small piece of metal keeps someone from breaking in. Tenants move out, new tenants move in. Old keys need to be returned, new keys need to be made, and some locks need rekeying. With these factors to take in consideration, how do you choose the right lock?

  1. Frequency of Use

The more a lock is used, the sooner  it’ll wear out and need servicing. If you manage many units, you could consider getting a commercial-grade mortise lock. These locks withstand more  key turns than most locks and if they break  their parts are easy to find and replace.

  1. Rekeying

Managers and landlords need to rekey locks with renters coming and going. Certain locks, such as any Kwikset SmartKey cylinder are easy to rekey. The ease of rekeying allows you to change the key that works with these locks quickly and without having to call the locksmith. The problem with items such as the SmartKey lock is that the safety mechanism in the lock  can be bypassed with any blank key as long as it fits in the keyway.

  1. Key control

A big issue with renting is that key control goes out the window. When you can’t control the key, rekeying may not suffice and you may need  to change the lock altogether (link).. Once you give someone a key, you can’t be certain they won’t make duplicates without your knowledge. A “DO NOT DUPLICATE” message does little to protect the key from being copied at Home Depot or the local hardware store.

The answer to this problem is a lock with a patented key. Key duplicates for these locks must be made at registered key distributors and require the authorization of the registered lock owner. No one will be making keys in the absence of the person authorized to make copies if you make this investment.

  1. Security

The next step is investing in locks that are harder to crack. You want something with some level of anti-drill protection and with bump-key resistance. For bump-key resistance, you want security pins. For protection against forced entry from kicks and battering attempts, focus more on the door and door jamb than on the lock.

Conclusion

Now that you know what to look for in a lock, all you have to do is weigh the risks.

  1. Is there a crime problem in your area?
  2. Does crime often include burglary, property theft, or breaking and entering?Locks will  only go so far in protecting your property against thieves and vandals. Hiring security guards from Pro-Secur is another great way to protect your property and your tenants. Call 305-418-9214 to schedule guard service today.

Sources:

  1.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortise_lock
  2.    https://www.kwikset.com/smart-security.aspx
  3.    https://www.landlordology.com/rules-for-changing-locks/
  4.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_control

 

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