for Your Home or Business
Locking devices today are no longer limited
to just the combination or key-based locks. With the
invention of digital technology and remote systems,
keyless locks that are operated using remote control
instruments are becoming a popular type of security
system enhancement for residential and business use.
One of the more recent door locks to become available
are locks requiring the fingerprint of the individual
attempting to access the area secured by such a door.
Convenient to use because no key is required, fingerprint
door locks provide a distinct type of security in that
only those individuals who have their fingerprint patterns
programmed into the lock can gain access to a restricted
area. With no key to use (or lose) and no combination
number to remember, fingerprint door locks are both
cost-effective and reliable. Users of such locks are
easily added and removed at the discretion of the individual
supplying the lock with acceptable fingerprints.
As a lock operated using a 12 volt or higher electric
current, an electric strike lock is referred to as a
"fail-secure" device that ensures doors remain
locked during power outages. Doors equipped with fail-secure
electric strike locks also have door knobs in case someone
needs to open it from the inside of a room. "Fail-safe"
electric strike locks, on the other hand, will unlock
a door during a power disruption. When integrating this
kind of lock in a security system, having some type
of back-up power is necessary to avoid compromising
of information or materials maintained behind security
doors using electric strike locks.
Mortise locks are embedded into the edge of a door and
contain all of the parts necessary to operate the lock,
latch, deadbolt and handle. The door frame is equipped
with a metal plate that is screwed securely in place
to accommodate the mortise lock. Inside of the plate
is the locking device, usually a steel bolt that moves
into the mortise when someone turns the key. Mortise
locks provide excellent security for any home or business
because they are strong and dependable when involved
in any type of unwanted intrusion condition. However,
these locks require some skill to be installed properly
so it is advisable to hire a professional for the best
Magnetic locks are popular forms of security because
they are not constructed of tiny, interlocking parts,
nor do they need keys or combinations to be opened.
They work using magnetism, usually with a 12 to 24 volt
DC current and are fail safe forms of locks because
they use a consistently live current to prevent the
door from becoming unlocked. When a magnetic lock is
installed on a main entrance door, a back-up power supply
is advised in case of a disruption in power.
Deadbolts are one of the most common types of locks
used by both home and business owners. Providing maximum
security against criminal activity, deadbolts are made
from steel or metal and can be easily installed anywhere
on a door. Even when a thief breaks a door window, he
still won't be able to open the door if it has been
reinforced with padlocks. The sliding bolt involved
in the padlock mechanism is virtually indestructible.
When combined with other security systems, deadbolts
provide that extra safety net which gives individuals
a welcome sense of security when needed.