regarding installation of locks
Hello, I'm new to this forum and actually found it when I was doing a search regarding the installation of extra locks.
My problems is this...
I've lived in my apartment for almost 2 years. When I moved in there were two locks on my door. One is a deadbolt ( you cannot lock your door at all when leaving without a key) the other is a chain lock. I never had any problems until my 2 year old discovered how to open doors. We live near a busy street and he was able to get out while I was cleaning the bathroom. I decided to start locking the chain lock during the day so that he couldn't get out. This is where the problem comes in. You can open the door with the chain on and reach your hand in and undo the chain.
I went out and bought a Master Lock 'Bar lock' which works similar to the way a chain lock does, except there is no way for someone to reach in and unlock it.
I wrote up a request to the Property Management co. asking permission to install this lock because the chain lock did not work the way it is supposed to.
I was informed by the Management that they were refusing to allow the install because the deadbolt was all I needed to safely lock my door. They also told me that they did not install the chain lock and said that they will be by to remove it. We live in an 8 unit complex. Everyone here has at least 2 or 3 locks on their doors and when I told the Management this they said that they will be by to inspect and remove any locks that they didn't install.
Although I don't live in a "high crime" area, we have had some major concerns here. Three of the tenants here have had cars broken into. Two tenants have had windows tampered with. A friend of mine had two of her tires slashed while parked in the carport after only a few hours visit.
We live in a College neighborhood and the students will walk through the property right in front of our doors or behind the apartment where the bedroom windows are. They are noisy and have been known to bust things and take things that are on our front walkway. My daughter has had 2 bikes stolen, the glass window of the fire extinguisher has been broken, and we have a 'bum' that frequents the lot behind us quite often.
The cops do not come out for "trivial" reports... they only take our complaints over the phone and I'm pretty sure that they never get followed up.
I've looked everywhere I could think of regarding whether I can install this 'bar lock' or not legally. The only thing I can think of that could back me up, is that I rented the place with 2 locks and they cannot remove a lock without replacing it.
I'm willing to go to the expense of doing this for them, but they seem pretty adamant about having only the deadbolt.
Any help here would be greatly appreciated.
I just don't feel safe with only one lock.
Oh and just a note... I don't have a peephole to be able to see who is at my door. I can look out my windows but I only have a limited view of who's at the door. So the bar lock would be an ideal security measure.