If you are locked out, have lost your keys, had the misfortune of being burgled, or simply need to upgrade your existing locks.
In a domestic setting we recommend installing either a 5 pin cylindrical deadbolt, a 5 pin automatic dead latch or a 5 lever deadlock conforming to British Standard BS3621:2007 in order to meet your security requirements. Absolute Locksmiths can help.
The fitting of door locks, window locks and other forms of additional security will help to keep burglars out. In 20% of burglaries thieves gain entry through open doors and windows, so not only do you want the fitting of good, strong locks but you should make sure your doors and windows remain closed and locked.
Absolute Locksmiths provide a professional installation, door opening, lock repair, fitting and replacement service for all types of doors and windows, including garages, domestic roller-doors and fire escapes.
Two in three burglars gain access through a door. The following descriptions may help in understanding the difference between the most common domestic door locks and help identify the most suitable locks for your property.
Mortice locks are embedded into the door itself and can only be opened with the key. They are commonly found on residential doors in addition to a cylinder rim lock (Yale lock).
Mortice locks can often be described as a deadlock or sash lock. A deadlock is a mortice lock which has just a key hole and a bolt. A sash lock has a bolt and a latch and a pair of handles.
Mortice locks require a key to be turned to activate the deadlock. The major advantage of a mortice lock is that burglars cannot smash an adjacent window, reach inside and unlock the door. A mortice lock also means that if a burglar breaks in through a window they cannot escape through the door, providing you have not left the key in the lock on the inside.
Most residential door locks are cylinder locks, commonly known as ‘Yale’ or ‘night latches,’ If your front door locks automatically when you shut it and you need a key to open the door from the outside, but it opens without a key from the inside, then you have a cylinder rim lock.
Cylinder rim locks are fitted to the surface of the inside of the door with a connecting cylinder, which is fitted into the door with the keyhole on the outside.
Restricted cylinders provide physical protection against unauthorized key duplication, thus ensuring extra security to your property. Restricted keys guarantee keys can only be cut with the authorization of the owner.
Absolute Locksmiths can also fit additional security such as door chains or bars.
One in three burglaries is through a window. Consider fitting high visibility window locks, so if a burglar breaks the glass the window locks will mean they still cannot open the window and risk injury climbing in through broken glass.
Absolute Locksmiths recommend installing window stays to prevent windows being accessed from the outside.