How to Stay Secure: Choosing the Right Lock

Written by  //  March 15, 2013  //  Home Security  //  No comments

Locks are important, without them we would not feel safe, and indeed we and our belongings wouldn’t be. At risk from theft, robbery and animal attack, locks keep people out and allow privacy inside. However, there are different types of locks for use for different reasons. The locks mentioned here are generally used for domestic and commercial use, protecting homes and business; external front and back door locks and gate locks.

Cylinder Locks

A cylinder lock requires a hole to be bored through the door. This type of lock forms a part of many types of locks, and are relatively easy to change if you need to. There are three types of cylinder locks, single, double and double with a thumb-turn. A single cylinder is a lock that only has key access from one side. This lock is suitable for use on doors such as cupboards or sheds. A double cylinder is a lock that has key access from both sides and so is suitable for external doors like the front and back door. And finally, a double cylinder with a thumb-turn is a lock that has key access on one side and a thumb-turn on the other, suitable for bedroom doors. Available in a wide range of sizes, it is essential to measure the lock before changing it.

Mortice Locks      

A mortice lock is installed into the door, and so requires a portion of the door to be cut out. There are two types of mortice lock, sash lock and deadlock. A sash lock has a latch and a bolt, the bolt is operated by a key and the latch with a handle; a deadlock is just a bolt and is usually accompanied by a night latch. Replacing your locks in this form can be quite difficult and time consuming and would normally require a professional.

Night Latches

A night latch is mounted upon the door rather than inside it. It is operated by a handle turn on one side and a key from the other. Occasionally referred to as a slam lock, night latches can be locked without the use of a key, resulting in occupants being locked out when they forget their key. These locks are commonly used on front and back doors, but for maximum security it is recommended that it is a British Standard lock or combined with another form of locking system.

Digital Keyless Lock

Instead of a key, digital locks use a code to unlock the door. They can be used in a variety of settings, from glass interior doors to heavy duty doors and gates. Some run on batteries and are therefore electronic so don’t need any upkeep, whereas some are mechanical, and though they don’t need replacement batteries, they will need maintenance. Make sure the lock is British standard and in conjunction with a mortice lock and it will mean that it will be insurance approved.

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