Most insurance providers will require that locks meet a certain criterion prior to giving cover. Locks that conform to British Standard will carry a British Standards Institute (BSI) Kitemark, which acts as certification that the lock has been tested against certain benchmarks for its intended use as a theft resistant lock. This kitemark is engraved onto the lock and can usually be found upon the faceplate. There are three main types of BS Locks:
These are high security euro cylinders that are designed and tested to protect against lock snapping. When an intruder attempts to break the lock, the cylinder will snap and stay in the locked position, preventing entry from being gained. However, this is only the case if the Euro cylinder is approved to SS312 Diamond or TS007 3-star standards. This type of cylinder is normally found on UPVC doors.
Many customers are tempted to try and replace their locks themselves, but using the wrong lock type or size could leave your property at a higher risk of burglary. Whether you've moved, lost your keys, or wish to upgrade your locks to meet insurance approval, our experienced locksmiths can provide the professional services you need for peace of mind. Trust our Woking Locksmith's to keep your property safe and secure.
The best type of front door lock depends on a few factors such as the type of door and the building type.
The brand of lock you choose is a personal choice, we recommend any lock that has been Independently tested, meaning a lock has met minimum security and durability needs.
The best lock for a wooden door is a lock that meets the requirement of BS3621, the type of lock fitted can be a nightlatch, mortice deadlock or mortice sashlock.
A non-tested nightlatch can be used for access, but it must be supported with a tested lock, so you would need to have two locks on the door. It should be noted that if a non-tested night latch is used on its own, the door is not securely locked and is in a latched state and vulnerable to attack.
Live in a flat or apartment? If the door is on a single exit dwelling (flat or apartment) then the lock should meet the requirement of BS 8621.
You will usually find a multipoint lock with a Euro cylinder on most uPVC doors. However, Euro Cylinder locks are prone to lock snapping. For extra security, we recommend the lock standard of any euro cylinder on a uPVC door is either an SS312 Diamond Approved Cylinder or TS007 3 Star.
If your composite door has been tested to PAS 24 and carries a Secure by Design certificate, then the lock has been tested to an extremely high level of attack so new locks are not needed. If the door is untested then changing the lock cylinder to a Sold Secure SS312 Diamond cylinder or TS 007 3 star cylinder will prevent locks being broken and burglars gaining entry.
We are often called upon by both landlords and tenants who wish to repair, replace, and change their locks for various reasons. Often this is due to the tenant requesting the security of knowing no one else holds keys to their property, or as a condition of the tenant’s contents insurance.
The grey area is working out who is responsible for the lock work to be completed, and we therefore ask all tenants to check their tenancy agreement prior to booking in any works. Most landlords include a caveat into the tenancy agreement stating that tenants are not allowed to tamper with locks on a property without explicit landlord consent. In this case we would require proof of the landlord’s approval. Where a tenancy agreement does not hold this condition, then tenants can legally change the locks on their property under the ‘right of quiet enjoyment’ and can do this with or without their landlords’ consent. Having said this, we always recommend that you inform your landlord before making changes to the building security as it may also affect their landlord’s insurance.
The grey area is also applicable to lock repairs and emergencies. If the landlord omitted the caveat into the tenancy agreement and for example the tenant snapped their key in the lock, or the lock failed through misuse then it could also be deemed the tenant’s responsibility to rectify the issue with as little bother to the landlord as possible. Alternatively, if the landlord included the condition, then they would have to treat the scenario as an emergency and rectify the issues as soon as possible to ensure that the tenants ‘right to quiet enjoyment’ was not impacted.
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