Monday, September 2nd 2019
At times you locksmith will mention the options you can have to install locks that are anti-bump, anti-drill or anti-pick, but what do all of these things mean? Do your locks need to have these features? We decided to write this article so you customers can understand why some locks are more expensive than others, especially when your locksmith not always clarifies what each of these terminologies means, and therefore you can make a concise, informed decision when purchasing new locks.
This feature is probably the most self explanatory, as most of us aware that locks can be picked by a professional locksmith as well as burglars who seem to learn well how to pick some locks. The picking of basic locks is quite simple, with different instruments which simply mean pushing pins up or down into opening position (without going into too much details) in the cylinder. Once the top half of the pins are aligned above the shear line, a lock can be opened; a well trained hand can do this in seconds, delicately placing each pin perfectly to gain access.
The solution: anti-pick locks are made in such a way that it is almost impossible to pick, by using different methods include the top half of the pin stack having a mushroom shape or an indent so it catches when it is being picked, giving the impression it is in place and alternatively, the top half of the pins stack can be ridged and it makes it near impossible to guess when it is at the correct height.
When your locksmith makes things simple to drill you lock, and gain entry it is not as simple as it looks, however even for the professionals this simple task is not so simple for professionally trained locksmiths. Yes drilling a lock is a destructive process in gaining entry, but for some locks there is no other choice and it’s done by drilling just below the shear line in the key hole, repeating this process until (best not to say). Then all that is left to do is use flat headed screwdriver to turn the lock to opening direction.
The above process would of course destroy the lock, and for most locks it will take only a few minutes. Anti-drill locks prevent the internal mechanisms from snapping by having ceramic plates inside or steel pins and a steel cylinder to defend against drilling.
Read all about anti-bump here
Is it worth investing in locks with these protections?
The true answer is - it is your call of how important for you to have the safety of your family and belongings, we would say yes of course as this kind of protection is essential for every home or business! So yes invest more in your locks, and have peace of mind that you home and business is well protected when it comes to the locks, and of course other security products should also be considered such as alarm, cctv, bars, bolts and so on.