My doors don’t have deadbolts. Is this a problem?

Deadbolts can make a big difference in securing your home. In fact, some insurance providers offer big discounts for having them installed since they help discourage theft.

Deadbolts are inexpensive and easy to install. Buy a deadbolt lock kit from a hardware store and follow the instructions on the package. Some come with templates if you’re not confident in your home improvement skills. Most of these kits cost only about $20. Hiring a locksmith is more expensive, but it lowers your risk of damaging your doorframe. Professional installations are still only about $50.

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