When it comes to locks, there are several standards of security. It is important that you have the right locks in place, in accordance with standards set by regulatory bodies. Apart from making your home more secure, having locks that that meet these standards can also help you with home insurance costs. This article takes a look at all you need to know about security standards of locks.
British Standards Institution (BSI)
The British Standards Institution is in charge of setting a quality benchmark for all goods and services. Products and services that have the BSI certificate feature the BSI Kitemark on the packaging – you will also find the mark engraved on the product and the same goes for locks.
Let’s take a look at the different certificates.
Locks with this certification are thief resistant locks.
This is the European certification for all cylinder locks.
This is a certification developed by the Door and Hardware Federation, in conjunction with the Glass and Glazing Federation. It was developed to tackle the rising threat of burglary due to the easy access of information on the internet for bypassing certain locking mechanisms.
This security standard was put in place by the UK Police initiative and it focuses on crime prevention for homes and commercial premises. It promotes the use of security standards for a wide range of products including home security and locks.
The Sold Secure standard was developed by the Master Locksmiths Association. Approval is divided into four categories: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond. The Sold Secure standard is a combination of the BS3621 and EN1303:2005 standards, meaning that products with the Sold Secure Standard are highly sought after in the world of security.
Aside from the security standards on locks, there are also designated levels of security on each and every lock. We take a look, below, at each security level and where they are best fitted.
Apart from meeting the latest British standards of security, such locks offer the maximum level of security. Maximum security locks are designed to be used on external doors and have been approved by both the UK police and Insurance companies.
High security products offer a large degree of protection along with some bonus features. Generally, they should only be used on external doors in conjunction with a maximum security level lock.
Standard security locks offer convenient locking solutions but they only have basic features. They should only be used on external doors in combination with maximum security locks.
If you are unsure about the quality and standards of the locks in your doors or windows, you can contact us here at Brighton Locksmiths and we’ll let you know how secure your home really is.