Almost exactly a year ago, I posted a blog about Bump Keys. It was very popular and I thought a useful public service.
Burglary is a sensitive thing for us this time of year. In the early 80's we were burglarized on Christmas Eve. Even though nobody was home, it was traumatic.
However, last night was the Christmas Chorale Concert at school. We piled into the car, and left for the concert, all of us except my wife. She is still in bed and unable to do that sort of thing.
Within 20 minutes of our leaving, our two-year-old dog went nuts and could not be settled. She screamed and ran upstairs to the bedroom landing. The dog continued to run up and down stairs, screaming fearfully the whole time, and never leaving Wanda for more than a couple of seconds. Wanda heard tapping at the rear doors. Someone was attempting to bump the locks.
We have two French doors on the back deck. The lower locks can be bumped.
The Medeco locks I installed last year cannot be bumped.
Now, a couple of comments - obviously:
1. Our house was watched. Either the burglar(s) thought it was empty or they knew Wanda was alone.
2. The dog's screaming did not frighten or deter them.
3. They could see the Medeco logo on the outside of the lock set. They probably know Medeco locks cannot be bumped, but apparently hoped they had not been set.
Well, the Medeco locks were set. I locked them before we left.
All Wanda did was stand at the bedroom door and call the police. Around the corner, the police were in our yard in less than two minutes! She stayed on the phone with the police phone operator, as instructed, until they rang the doorbell.
Had the burglars entered the house and come to the bedroom, ours would have been the last house they would have ever tried to enter. She was just waiting for them, if you know what I mean...
BUT, especially this time of year, don't hope or assume burglars will never come to your house! Make it as hard for them as you can. Call a locksmith and have locks installed that cannot be bumped.
My recommendation: Protect your house with really good locks. They aren't cheap, but worth it. Who knows, just like our case, perhaps your new locks will save the life of a burglar or two...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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