Broadly, there are two kinds of locks. One type of lock is the locks you get from hardware stores and install yourself. These come in variable strengths, from something for locking your bikes in your shed that’ll keep out kids and raccoons to heavy bolts for that added level of safety. They’re useful for what they do.
The other kind of lock is a high-security lock. Locks like these are a different kind of thing altogether. High-security locks for doors aren’t just available at Home Depot. Installing them requires the expertise of a high-security locksmith.
High-Security Locks for Businesses
There are different types of high-security locks, serving different purposes and different needs. The features that make a lock a high-security lock desirable include how complex they are to “pick” and how difficult they are to break. Judging the security of a high-security lock is a question of three features (Revolar):
- Bolt cylinder complexity, which serves as an obstacle to anyone attempting to bypass the lock.
- Construction quality, or the quality of the materials that go into the construction of the lock. Better materials mean more security.
- Bolt strength. You want a bolt that can withstand attacks from most tools.
If you think you might be in need of a high-security lock, read on for an overview of the kinds of locks that are available and the features that make them secure.
Types of High-Security Locks
There are several types of high-security locks on the market. They solve different problems and provide different kinds of security. Selecting which type of locks to incorporate into your security system will depend on the particular needs of your business.
Here’s an overview of several features you will see in high-security locks:
- Restrictive keyways. Narrow or blocked keyways prevent easy tampering by would-be thieves.
- Key control. Some locks use keys that are cut by machines with limited options for teeth and grooves, making it easier for the lock to be picked. High-security locks will have more unique keys.
- Manipulation resistance. Unlocking anything requires the components of the lock to move, so high-security locks have checks to prevent their components from moving without their key.
- Force entry or destruction resistance. Building a lock out of the highest quality materials and creating further reinforcement wherever possible will help locks from being bypassed by force.
- Key differs. Locks have complex mechanisms inside that dictate how many different configurations are possible for a locksmith to set, which in turn dictates how many different keys are possible to make for the lock and how complicated those keys can be.
- High manufacturing tolerances. The amount of security that a high-security lock can provide begins on the production line with the standards of manufacturing tolerances each component is subjected to before it’s ever included in the construction of a lock. Higher manufacturing tolerances equate to a more secure lock.
High-security locks require the expertise of a high-security locksmith to install them. They can constitute a significant financial investment, and picking the wrong one might not maximize security. Knowing the features to look for in a high-security lock will help out in any decision-making process. It will help in avoiding the purchase of an expensive system that proves inadequate or otherwise wrong as an aid to a security system. On the other hand, a familiarity with the features to ask about in a high-security lock will help in making a selection that will prove a strong and secure addition to the security systems already in place.
Benefits of High-Security Locks to Businesses
A high-security locking system can be a significant expense. It might, in fact, look like too much to some businesses. Perhaps a business owner feels as if they’ve come this far without a high-security system, so why would it be a good idea to install one now? Or maybe a business owner isn’t clear on whether they really need a high-security locking system.
In general, the rule dictating whether or not a business owner should install a high-security locking system is about the same as the rule dictating whether or not to turn on headlights when driving. If you have to ask, the answer is yes.
Businesses can benefit from installing high-security locks if their business deals in highly valued items, such as tech or chemicals. Another compelling reason a business owner might install high-security locks is if they have a lot of proprietary or otherwise sensitive information, such as personal records or financial records.
Moreover, installing high-security locks will decrease the risk of security breaches, sabotage, burglary, etc.
Increased security may be the most definite benefit of installing high-security locks, but there is a secondary and potentially far more profitable benefit. That benefit involves insurance claims. In the event that some catastrophic event does occur to your business, or if it turns out that you had insufficient locks in place, then it will have an impact on your insurance claim. (MoreThan) While this shouldn’t be a deciding factor in any decision to install high-security locks, it should be a factor in any decision-making process.
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