When it comes to comparing traditional locks with high security locks, there really is no comparison. High security locks are highly advanced locks that can provide enhanced security to both commercial and residential buildings. There is a common misconception about high security locks and how they are different from traditional locks. First Lock & Security Technologies will share more about high security locks, how they are different from traditional locks, and how they help to increase security.
Traditional Door Locks
To understand high security locks it is important to understand traditional locks. Traditional locks offer a limited amount of protection. A traditional lock will keep out the less ambitious burglar. However, a traditional lock can be broken into by using lock picking, bumping, or drilling methods. When picking a traditional lock a burglar needs to align the pins with the cylinder to unlock the door. Locks that are picked by an experienced lock picker can take 5 minutes or less, leaving no signs they ever broke into the home or building. Lock bumping is a modified method of lock picking. A bump key can align the pins in the cylinder unlocking the door even faster. For those who don’t have the skill to pick or bump locks, another method is to drill through the lock cylinder. You can use any drill at a home improvement store to break into traditional locks. Drills are frequently used to break into homes and businesses and is an easy means to get through most traditional locks.
High Security Locks for Doors
Essentially, a high security lock is designed to remove all the flaws of the traditional lock. High security locks are far more complicated and near impossible to break into. High security locks have a complicated pin and cylinder design. Most pins are designed to go up and will fall down when the key is not in the lock. A key in a traditional lock is cut to put the pins in the right position. The pins of a high security lock don’t just go up and down. They also can go sideways and diagonally, thus making picking or bumping the lock impossible. High security locks can still be drilled. However, these locks use a stronger metal or are reinforced with rods and plates which will take more time to drill through. They will also make more noise, thereby bringing more attention to the burglar. Additionally, high security locks use a special key that cannot be duplicated unless requested by the lock’s registered owner. These also require a special keying service to cut the high security lock keys. One could not go to a key making machine and have a duplicate key cut. Doors outfitted with a high security lock are often reinforced with plates which prevents the door from being kicked down. However, these plates are only as good as the doors framing. You may need to reinforce or strengthen the door’s framing to ensure security.