Is a set of interconnected locks on a door with a keyed lever & deadbolt easier to pick? : Locksmith


Hello. I purchased a condo apt. and I haven’t even moved in yet and have had 2 break-ins. One of those break-ins was after I changed the lock cylinders. They weren’t forced entry break-ins.

About a week ago I realized that the door has an interconnected handle/lock. So if I’m in the apt. with both locks locked, and I need to leave asap, I pull down the lever and both locks unlock and stay unlocked.

From the outside, if an intruder wants to open my lock, if they bump the keyed lever, will the deadbolt automatically unlock, because they are interconnected?

This condo building was built in 2004 in Oakland, CA. I’m sure that my interconnected handle/deadbolt combo is one of the originals, from 2004. A lot of other owners have changed their handle/lock combos.

Is an interconnected handle/deadbolt required, by building code, in multi-family buildings in the state of California?

Thanks in advance for your help! 🙂



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Sue me. I’m a locksmith not a movie maker. This is a follow up to the other post about these keys and lock that someone posted. I knew I had one on my shop. A little easier to understand the lock when you can see how it works. I never thought about using it as a lockout for a mortise lock.


Sue me. I'm a locksmith not a movie maker. This is a follow up to the other post about these keys and lock that someone posted. I knew I had one on my shop. A little easier to understand the lock when you can see how it works. I never thought about using it as a lockout for a mortise lock. submitted by /u/sully-the-guy
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