When you get your lock installed it’s important to keep optimum security in mind at all times to try and keep the bad guys out for your safety and in order to protect your belongings. Unfortunately this gets harder and harder as the techniques that thieves use get more and more developed to keep up with modern times. It’s an arms race that between locksmiths and criminals and property owners, and it’s up to you to make sure you have an edge over the opposition.

The main way that most thieves break in however is still using old fashioned lock-pick techniques. Unless they’re just going to break a window and risk getting caught (which does happen but can’t really be prevented) then the best way to keep them out is to make your locks as difficult as possible to pick and there are a few ways you can do this.

The first is to choose your actual locks wisely. Here the best type of lock is the cylinder lock which has the most possible pin combinations making it more difficult to pick or to open with an incorrect key.

The next way to stop a lock pick is to use other layers of security that can’t be picked. This might include for example a lock chain. This way if a criminal does manage to pick your lock, when they try to open the door they will still find that it won’t move as it will be held in place by a chain bolted to the door and the wall. Alternatively you can use bolts across the top and bottom of the door (these can’t simply be cut through as they don’t allow the door to open even slightly). The best combination is to have both a lock pick set and a bolt which between them will make your door very difficult to open.

The problem with these methods is that they will only be operational from the inside. This means that they’re great for providing that extra bit of security at night for when you’re sleeping, but that they’re not so hot when it comes to protecting your belongings when you’re on holiday or are just out at work. As such it’s useful to also have locking mechanisms that you can use as a secondary defense on the outside of your home.

One way to do this is with a gate leading up to your drive with a padlock on it which might use a combination lock for example. This can also be bypassed but adds yet another element that a trespasser will have to get through. Similarly by adding more locks inside your home you can slow them down more, particularly if you mix up the type of lock you use and include some lever locks too to keep them guessing.

Another indoors secondary defense system is to use an alarm. This should be sensitive to the door being opened and attempts to pick the lock might set it off in themselves. Again, discuss with a locksmith to find the best options and to find out how this can be integrated to work with your lock.

Finally, you can make your lock lock-pick proof by not using a traditional mechanical lock at all. Other options for example include using a digital lock which will require either a PIN code, a finger print or retinal scan or a swipe card.

Of course these are not completely impossible to bypass and their weaknesses lie elsewhere (particularly the fact that they need a power source and run off of software). However they are still impossible to pick in the traditional sense and few people will now how to operate them. Combined with other more traditional locks and secondary defenses they can make most trespassers come unstuck.

This way if you install of all these different options then anyone trying to break into your home is likely to be in for a surprise if they just brought along a lock pick set. This might be enough to let them open your door but will harder and trickier than most. At the same time they will then find themselves barred out or having to climb over gates and deal with alarms. This will leave most to leave your home alone and move on to easier prey and will make it not only lock-pick proof but almost trespasser proof!