How to Evaluate Locks for Quality04/21/2015 Back To Blog
When you opt for new lock installation, you have to ensure that the device which you buy offers a high level of security while being perfectly reliable and durable. For this, you need to assess the locksets which are available to you. Find out how to do this properly so that you can make the best choice.
Meeting the Main Requirements
Confirm that the device meets the current British Standards - These come from the British Standards Institution (BSI) and set the minimum security requirements for locking devices. It is easy to recognise British Standard locks. They have the unique BSI kite mark on them. The mark is present on their packaging as well.
Check what the local police authority recommends - The police can give you valuable information on the most frequently picked and broken locks and on the ones which are the most resistant to picking and snapping. The more detailed information you gather the better.
Decide on the most suitable type - It is best to focus on one type of door lockset so that you can compare different models of the same kind. When deciding on the type, you should take into consideration the door specifications and the level of security which is required. Deadbolts are usually recommended for front doors, for instance.
Design and Make Evaluation
The following steps will help you to assess any specific locking device.
Check the number of cylinders - A double deadbolt or a mortise lock with two Euro profile cylinders will be more secure because a key will be needed for unlocking the door on both sides. The single-cylinder models are typically recommended for interior doors.
Find out how many pins are inside - Most devices have five-pin keying mechanisms. The ones with six pins, however, are more resistant to picking. While the number of pins is important, it is not the only factor which determines the device's resistance to picking. The make must be checked as well.
Pay close attention to the make of all components - All parts must be made from heavy-gauge metal. The lower the gauge is the tougher the metal is. It is best to opt for metal finish which is naturally resistant to corrosion such as brass. The door lock cylinder must be made from solid brass for maximum resistance to damage. Ideally, the central pin will be made from hardened steel and have high resistance to cutting.
Make sure that you get only the best locks available.