Various Kinds of Locks

Searching for a new lock when you have no clue what you’re looking for can end up being fairly pointless – that’s because there are such a wide range of locks available. Before you go searching for a lock, make sure that you have some idea of what you’re looking for. Otherwise, as you browse through the many options on the market, you may find yourself being pulled in several directions at once. This can end up being frustrating and time-consuming rather than productive.

How about consulting a professional? At Hemet Locksmith in Hemet, CA, our locksmiths can advise you on the type of locks that are most suitable for your property. Go ahead and give us a call. You may just end up saving yourself a whole lot of time and hassle.

 

Locks Do a Great Job of Protecting Your Property

We all should know that having the right lock can make a big difference in the amount of security that our property has. But, how much does it really matter to have the right locks on your doors, windows etc.? Can the type of lock really make such a huge difference? Well, the answer to these questions is plain and simple- you can easily prevent intruders based on the type of locks you have installed on your property.

With so many locks on the market, you may be wondering which ones are more secure and which ones aren’t. The truth of the matter is that all locks are not designed to provide the same level of security. Plus, not all locks are designed to be used in the same places. Hence, locks tend to provide the level of security needed based on where they’re made to be used.

For instance, it makes very little sense to put certain locks on your exterior doors when they’re made to be used on interior doors. Of course, they may fit perfectly on your exterior door, and you may even think that they offer a lot of security. However, there will be many options that are better.

Let’s look at some of the most commonly used locks, where they’re designed to be used and how much protection they can offer.

  • Deadbolts

In most cases, deadbolts are installed on exterior doors because they provide a great deal of security. There are many types of them too- single, double and lockable thumbturn. The type of deadbolt you select for your external door will mostly depend on the amount of security you desire or just your general preference. While some people prefer to use a key to lock or open their doors, some prefer to only use keys when opening the door.

This is just one of the determining factors when it comes to deadbolts. But, there’s one thing that’s sure- deadbolts are one of the most secure types of lock for exterior doors. No wonder they are so frequently used by homeowners and business owners for protection.

  • Knob locks

Knob locks are a bit simpler than deadbolts. They are mostly used at residential properties and are more suitable for internal doors. While some people will use these locks for their external doors, this is not recommended unless there are other types of locks on the door that can significantly increase the level of protection.

Since knob locks are very easy to break or get pass, if you currently have a knob lock on your door as the only means of protection, get it changed as soon as possible. Not only are you putting yourself at risk, you are also putting your property at risk of being burglarized and vandalized.

  • Lever handle locks

In the past, lever handle locks were made primarily for interior doors. Today, there are different grades of lever handle locks, suitable for exterior and interior doors. While lever handle locks are more commonly found on commercial properties, they have become quite popular in residential properties too.

If you are interested in purchasing a lever handle lock for your doors, make sure the type you purchase is suitable for the door it will be placed on. We wouldn’t want you to put a lock designed for interior doors on your exterior door. To ensure that you purchase the correct lock, give your local locksmith a call. They should be able to advise you on the lock that will work best for your door.

  • Furniture locks

Even if you do not have any idea what these locks look like, their name should tell you where they’re used. Yes, there are locks made specially for furniture items. Whether it is a cabinet that you need to keep locked or a drawer on your desk, these locks can come in very handy. While they are not often the most secure locks, they do serve their purpose well in many cases.

Furniture locks come in different sizes too. As you browse through your options of furniture locks, make sure that the lock you choose will be the appropriate size. Also, check to see how secure it will be once installed. This will help you ensure that it will not be very easy to bypass.

  • Padlocks

One of the most portable locks, the padlock has been in existence for many, many years. They come in different shapes, sizes, colors and they cater to a wide range of budgets. Nowadays, they even make padlocks that do not require a key to be opened. If you’re scouring the market to find a good padlock, there are many options for you to choose from. Just make sure you find one that will serve its purpose well.

  • Keyless Entry Systems

Many lock options mentioned above all require the use of a key. However, there are many locks on the market nowadays that can be opened without a key. Although they tend to be much more expensive options, the level of security they can provide is unparalleled.

Are you trying to determine which type of lock to purchase for your property and need more information from a professional locksmith? Give us a call at Hemet Locksmith in Hemet, CA. Our lock experts can help you today!

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ACCESS CONTROL

The words access control sound impressive and somewhat mysterious. All they really mean is that access is limited to certain areas or parts of a building and to certain people at certain times. We need access control in daily life to maintain order and a sense of security. For instance, do you go to your local police station and sit at the captain’s desk? Or when you visit your bank, do you go behind the counter and open drawers and vaults? We are willing to bet that you do none of the above. Why not? You are not supposed to, for one. You are not allowed to, for another! Your access may be blocked by signs, locks, walls of glass, or a keypad. The bottom line is that you are only allowed access under certain conditions and any system put into place to enforce those conditions is a form of access control.

The benefits of access control systems

Hemet Locksmith has technicians that specialize in access control. We work all over the greater Hemet, CA region putting these systems into place for our customers. Better crowd flow, greater privacy and added security are by products of having a good system of access control put into place. You can’t have groups of people in an area and have them all have access to everything; it would be chaos! Take a sports arena for instance. You have general admission which is granted after you’ve paid or shown a badge or ticket. You have the locker rooms which obviously have limited access to the athletes, coaches and some staff. You have concessions where paid staff sells refreshments to ticket holders. You have custodial crews that clean up the grounds and building during and after the game. You also have security, management and building maintenance, all with their own badges, keys and passes to gain them entry and access to their own parts of the building.

Let’s say you have a dinner and a movie night at your house and you invite a few friends over. They don’t just drive up to your home and walk right in. They first ring your door bell and you open the door after unlocking it. Your guests know to stay in the dining room, kitchen or living area; they don’t go roaming all over your bedroom, rifling through drawers and opening closets to see what is inside. You have a system of locks, protocol, doors and alarms that allow access to certain people at certain times.

You see it everywhere!

Now that you are more aware of access control, you’ll start to notice it everywhere. You can see it at grocery stores, sporting events, restaurants, public libraries, hospitals, museums, government offices, hotels, amusement parks, music concerts, banks, nursing homes, ski lodges, public school dances and hundreds of other examples. These events and places make use of locks, doors, signs, badges, keypads, swipe cards, panic bars, deadbolts, alarms, CCTV cameras, loudspeakers, intercom, and many other items to control and limit access within and without.

Signs

We see signs everywhere we look. They are on the streets and roads when we drive. They are all over buildings at entrances, exits, offices, restrooms, pay booths, break rooms, and work areas. Signs are instrumental in allowing access to certain parts of a building and while it cannot enforce that limited access, they are instrumental in giving people the general idea of where they can and cannot be.

Locks

Locks can accomplish what signs often cannot. We use locks, keys, keypads and devices to allow access to those that hold them. In call centers for banks, credit card companies and collection agencies, the staff enter after swiping their employee badge and go to their assigned places in the building. In hotels, the desk clerk will give room access to a registered guest in the form of a swipe key or key code. Security and management use their key cards to grant them access to their designated parts of the building. Upon checkout, the guest pays the bill and relinquishes his key card that gave access to the hotel room.

Panic bars

Panic bars are those unique exit bars placed on doors that only open from the inside. These are standard on doors in shopping malls, theaters, restaurants, retail stores, hotels, grocery stores, banks, nursing homes, fast food locations, and other places where the public needs to exit. Their advantage lies in the fact that the exit door does not have to be unlocked and individually opened each time it is used. The person leaving simply pushes or leans on the panic bar, thereby unlocking the door and since it only opens one way, there is no incoming traffic to interfere with the person’s exit.

Swipe cards and badges

We touched on this briefly, above. You see swipe cards and bar coded badges in numerous places like banks, nursing homes, hotels, hospitals, high rise condos, government buildings, schools, call centers and other similar places where access to certain parts of the building are limited to those with certain qualifications. These badges are either swiped or held up to a reader and the coded information on the card is read and logged into a system. If an employee or visitor does not have granted access, it will not allow him or her to enter that portion of the building. Or, if a staff member is terminated or has access revoked, the badge reader will know that as this data has been programmed into it and access will be denied and most likely security called.

Fingerprint locks and biometrics

Other forms of access control include biometrics where thumbprints are used to allow access. These are already being used by smart phone makers with great success. Biometric locks, retina scanners, keypad devices and other forms of keyless entry are all used in various forms and applications of access control systems. If you would like to find out more about access control and its many uses, call a local, full-service commercial locksmith in Hemet. They know best about access control as they are the ones that install and activate it!