An overview of modern door locks

image 2 (1)It takes only 60 seconds for a professional burglar to break into your home and only 10 minutes to steal all your valuable possessions and get away. Another information a thief certainly would not like you to know is that 80% of burglaries begin with the entrance through a front door, a back door, or a window.

Finally, most burglaries occur between 10am and 3pm, when you are at work. Securing your door when you are not home should be your number 1 priority.

Fortunately, today’s modern locks are made to burglar-proof your door in the most effective way possible. Coupled with the advances in technology, modern locks provide the ultimate security.

Mortise locks

Mortise locks are favoured by many locksmiths, as they can use a deadbolt, or a sash lock.

Deadbolt locks

Deadbolt locks are one of the most common locks. There are two types of deadbolts: a single-cylinder lock and a double-cylinder locks. A single cylinder lock opens from one side with a key and it also has a turn button on the other side. When it comes to double-cylinder locks, they have two keys on both sides of the door.

These locks are durable and secure as they are very difficult to break into. On the other hand, they allow lock bumping and bump-resistant deadbolts are pretty expensive. In the case of emergencies, residents may have difficulty unlocking the door if they misplace their key.

Sash locks

Sash locks are the combination of latch locks and deadbolts. A sash lock is usually used for the protection of interior doors, not exterior ones.

Keyless locks

Keyless locks provide advanced protection as you have a pin code instead of a key. Keyless locks are usually used instead of deadbolts. The additional protection of keyless locks compared to deadbolts is that some models of keyless locks have an alarm, which sounds if an incorrect pin code is entered more than three consecutive times. In addition, as they do not have a key, picking, or bumping is not possible. Keyless locks are compatible with home security systems.

Smart locks

image 5According to a professional locksmith from Ryde, smart locks have built-in cameras that take a picture of someone unlocking your door and send a picture to your phone. A camera in the lock has a proximity sensor enabling it to take pictures of anyone at a distance of 1.8m. This lock works in three ways: via Bluetooth and a smartphone application, a digital key and a physical key.

This lock with built-in camera is a subgroup of the so-called smartphone locks. Smartphone locks are connected to your door via Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth. They sent you a message if someone enters your home. The coolest feature of these locks is that you can program them and add different phones to operate them. Smart locks may, or may not have a camera.

Biometric locks

Biometric locks have an optical, or thermal scanner reading your fingertip. However, this is not the only way in which they work. Apart from fingertip reading, you have to enter a pin code, as well in order to enter the house. Biometric locks work on battery power, so you also get a physical key in the case of the battery fail. The only disadvantage of these locks is that your fingertip cannot be recognized if you get a cut, or have a scar.

In order to add another level of security, you should consider installing security cameras, especially if you do not have smart locks with a built-in camera. Even though high-tech locks provide effective protection, they still leave the possibility for a burglar to break in using physical force. The best advice is to combine smart locks with traditional key locks.

 

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