We all want to feel safe in our homes and also know that personal belongings are protected. This is why the locks you have are key to keeping you and yours secure. But what are the best locks to have installed, and how do you decide which are the right ones for your home? We’ve put together a quick guide to everything to know about what locks you need to keep secure, and they are easy to order online at Fast Keys.
Why you need to choose the right locks
As well as giving you peace of mind, whether you are at home or away, that your home is secure, your home insurance provider will most likely expect you to have a certain standard of security in place. And this means locks on all your entrances, especially ground floor windows and doors. Insurers will also expect your home locks to conform to the British Standard BS3621, which means they will have certain standard safety features included in their mechanism.
So, investing in the best locks for your home will not only help to deter burglars or intruders but will also mean your insurance company will payout, should you need to claim.
Types of locks to keep you secure
There is a range of lock types available, all of which are designed to keep your home safe and secure. The main types to choose from include:
Mortice lock – one of the most secure types of house lock, the five-lever mortice lock is widely used on domestic front doors. It is typically embedded in the door itself and can only be opened with a key.
Rim locks or night latches – also known as yale locks, these locks are mounted on the door, with the latch in the door frame. The cylinder lock design means that the door can then be locked with a key when closed. Yale locks are typically accompanied by a mortice lock for extra security.
Multi-point locking system – typically found in uPVC doors, including patio doors, these locks have at least three internal locking points, which lock at the same time, using the same key, usually while lifting the door handle.
Window locks – uPVC and casement windows will normally have locks on the handles or at the top and bottom of the window.
How to choose the locks you need
When choosing the right locks to keep you secure in your home, the final decision depends on the entry points that require a lock upgrade as well as the type of home you have, e.g., house or apartment, ground floor or above, etc. You also need to check with your insurance policy as to what types of locks are expected, as well as any existing security measures you may already have. How your doors or windows are made, their age, and the material they are made from (e.g., wood or uPVC) will also factor in your final decision.
Get professional advice
To ensure your new locks conform to the British Standard and will also meet the minimum security standards of your home insurer, it is always a good idea to get professional advice if you are in any doubt. A locksmith will not only be able to correctly advise you but also professionally install your new locks, which will be key to your home security.