| submitted by /u/Nasty1502
We were burgled and our flat was ransacked. Only cash was taken, no electricals. They went through every single drawer and cupboard and threw everything everywhere.
Here are photos of the front door: https://imgur.com/a/ejPomQL
I live in a council flat so the door will (eventually) be replaced with the same door. We did not double lock the door, we only used the top lock. We think they broke in with a crowbar. When we arrived home we found that the key fit in the lock and it just spun round and round. The police had to ram the door to open it.
Do you think if we had double locked the door it would have been secure? both locks are ERA 35 x 35mm 6-Pin Euro Cylinder – Satin. If not, is there anything else we can do to strengthen the door or frame? I have heard of people using something called a London Bar or Birmingham Bar. I’m not sure if this would be applicable here. How much would that be likely to cost?
Any advice on this matter would be helpful.
This key looked like hand filed and the room door lock must have had matching bitting, because it accepted the key.
The door did not open without the key fully inserted (did not open with just the tip inserted, or with a screwdriver).
I wouldn’t probably even notice if it wasn’t for the fact that the key could be retracted from the keyhole in any orientation, not only vertically. This is when I noticed the odd bitting.
Story is that we’re renting this place but the landlords are incompetent and we’ve already had uninvited people enter the house since they know the code from the previous tenants. Looking to change the combination if possible. Can provide more pictures if needed
looks like the bolt is not fully retracted. theres probably a small cutout/clearancing on the “hinge side” of that hole, that the end of the deadbolt slides into, and the whole assemble is now bent so its not lining up and cant fully retract. either do something about that, or just break out whats left and try pullng it out that way… also can u just open the other door? its probably got some latch bolts on the top or bottom, but the deadbolt is probably retracted enough that if u undo the other door and open them both at the same time, itll probably just open so u can remove the deadbolt. but man, have a locksmith install the new one if you live here. you always want a professional to ensure your locks that you trust for your safety are installed properly… so this doesnt happen again….