Apartment 'break in' by mgmt
Dear Daughter goes to school far across the country, in a sleepy little college town, lives with two other gals in a second-story apartment, and help is within arm's reach.
After midnight last night she awoke to hear her roommate talking to two men in the hall outside her bedroom. She didn't think much of it, as the dad of one of the girls visited last weekend, and evidently the tones were not heated. (We've discussed this already.) Turns out the apartment maintenence folks got an emergency call from some guys saying they were at this apartment, and the two "intruders" were as annoyed at the false call anyone. But it seems that they either didn't knock, or knocked and had no answer (they girls had a fan on)... so they let themselves in.
To top it off, the last gal in decided NOT to lock the deadbolt because she thought that was just "over the top". Sigh.
My plan is to have my daughter replace at least the deadbolt, and make it ABUNDANTLY CLEAR WITH THE ROOMMATES that the deadbolt stays locked. I want to reinforce the door with the nifty device presented here a few days ago, but the new lock will take up available cash for this check at least.
Comments? I would particularly like advice on cheap ways to strengthen the door frame, and brands of deadbolts which might be within our range. I *know* not to trust in the $8.95 version, and I kinda can't afford the $350 type. Thanks in advance.