Customers that call me needing to change locks often have many questions and concerns regarding the various types of locks and the purposes they serve. Here’s a little insider information from the pros answering questions ranging from the type of lock you should consider to the length of time it takes to change a lock.
Are you aware that the average break-in takes less than 30 seconds? Obviously, mostpeople wouldn’t leave all of their money, and or valuable belongings lying in plain sight for potential prowlers to see! Yet even so, the most stolen items from homes and cars just happens to be women’s purses. That’s the same as leaving cash on the table – only now the burglar has access to your credit cards, keys, ID, cash, and any personal items that you may have left in your pocket book, how to choose house locks in Brisbane.
I once viewed a surveillance video, which caught two men breaking in through the glass door. You can guess how they got in. So the question is: What good did the locks do? The business owner I consulted at the time asked me that same question and my reply was simply, “Time”. It’s very difficult to keep a burglar out of a secure area even with security guards and sniff dogs. If you can keep the burglar out long enough for him to decide it’s not worth it then you’ve done your job. I pointed out to the business owner that there was no sign on the door saying there is a CCTV system on his property, which could have been a deterrent. Good locks may not always keep burglars out but extra precautions may help to change their mind! Good enough I say. You may not be able to stop a good burglar but if you can slow them down enough they may consider going elsewhere.
What you should look for in a good lock
You have two concerns: keep burglars out and prevent internal fraud. So what kind of lock should you choose? The consumer has the ability do their own research to help in making a good decision about the security of their home. One example is The Locksmith Ledger This a publication that reviews lock manufacturers products and awards them a consumer rating. It’s important to note that the locks that you can purchase in Home Depot or other hardware stores that sell mass produced locks are not even reviewed. Also any decent locksmith will be able to tell you about the quality of locks that are currently on the market.
When doing your research you’ll find that once you find a good manufacturer you’ll still need to research the grades of locks that they supply. One of the more respected lock manufacturers is Schlage. Their products include a lot of high-security lock and key waves but they also have a line of locks they make which are only to be sold at large retailers. This product is made in Mexico and is an exact replica of the SC-1 grade 3 residential locks but lacks the amount of security you get out of the original SC-1.
Schlage offers many levels of security I am a fan of the Primus line. They have a unique key wave called SC-4 and it has a security feature on the key making it more difficult to pick. Though it is not a high security lock the price is cost-effective. Schlage also has a line of locks that come with the Mul-T-Lock key wave, which can be great to use at your home as well as at your business! Hard to drill, hard to pick, good for exterior doors and a fair price.
Kwikset, another high-profile lock manufacturer, does something similar. They sell the same product locksmiths carry but with a significant difference: the material of the lock is of a lower quality. You get the same lock at a cheaper price but the quality of the product, durability and life are vastly different. For a good burglar time is no longer an issue.