Just cause the locks were there doesn't mean they were used. It could have previously been a shared house or a house where someone rented 1 bedroom & the other 3 were used for storage (like an extended house sitting arrangement or something). When we bought this house there was a padlock on the inside of the 2nd bedroom that was lockable/unlockable with a twist thing on the inside and a key on the outside (the corridor). That is dangerous. We removed it, but as it was part of the door frame there is still a bit of the door frame missing where it was attached (and yes, we've been here for more than 10 years).
we had little locks on the very tops of our doors in the house we grew up in when we were little. My dad put them on as my mum did home day care and she was sick of our toys getting stolen or broken by other kids or having food taken into our rooms. Sometimes if the kids were over when we were home my older sister and I would ask to be locked into our room for a little while so could be alone and not have tiny little people follow us around lol. We were never locked in there for anything else, was never used for punishment but more so to protect our belongings.
when I was little we lived next door to a single mum who would padlock her 6 year old daughter in the bedroom when she went out at night. She also had a room with porn all over the walls which the daughter could go into. After my mum found out we where never allowed in her house again.
I grew up living in a lot of old Queenslanders and most of those had various locks on the outside of the doors. Maybe it was a common theme some time ago?
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we have a lock on the outside of ds' door because it used to be dh's music room with alot of breakable stuff. it kept the kids out if their. we never lock ds in.
we're getting a barn door fitted for dd's room soon so we can lock the bottom half & keep the top half open/unlocked. her door is directly opposite the top of the stairs & she is disabled. it's a safety issue just in case the baby gate fails (as she gets older, wiser, heavier). I'd love to move one day soon ..
Yes, I think a lock on the outside of a door is creepy. I'm going with the shared house theory!
But how's this one...in one of our rentals in the bedrooms we found steel loop things embedded in the walls at head height. DH believed they were anchor points used for shackling.
Mind you, the basement in an old rental I had some years ago was an eye opener. There were scratch marks on the back of the door and indications that someone had been living down there. I was so disturbed by it that I only stayed there three months.
You see a lot of creepy things when renting.
It just seems so unsafe. Creepiness aside.
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