In most cases wooden door locks will come fitted with a mortice lock, there is a vast range of mortice locks available so the size and brand of the one fitted to your door will depend entirely on the manufacturer’s choice. Unfortunately, not all locks that come pre fitted to the door meet insurers minimum standard BS3621, particularly older doors. To check your lock to see if it does meet BS3621 you need to look for the kite mark that should be displayed on the faceplate of the lock. If there is no kite mark, then it would be highly recommended that you contact your local locksmith to come and upgrade your locks so that they comply with insurers minimum standard and your home will also be much more secure.
Why Change A Mortice Lock?
There is a multitude of reasons why you may need to have your mortice lock changed, a few are listed below:
- Locks don’t meet BS3621.
- Recently moved property and you want to ensure you are the only one with copies of the keys.
- Faulty locks due to wear and tear or intentional tampering. In this case the locks might not need to be changed completely as it may be a simple repair, however your local locksmith will be able to advise you best on this.
Rim cylinders, or you may know them by their more commonly used name Yale locks. This type of lock is often used on wooden doors alongside a mortice lock. Rim cylinders provide an extra level of security for your door and when you close the door behind you, they will automatically lock, this is great for security but not so great if you have left your keys inside! Luckily, any good local locksmith will be able to come and open your door without causing any damage to the existing lock or door frame.
If you only have a Yale lock on your wooden door then it is strongly advised that you have a mortice lock installed to work alongside it to help improve the overall security of your door.
As mentioned above with the mortice lock you would want to have your rim cylinder lock changed if it doesn’t meet BS3621, you have recently moved to a new house or there are signs of damage or wear.
Extra Security Measures
There are a few other measures you can put in place to help improve the overall security of your wooden door:
- Have a BS3621 deadlock fitted to the bottom of your door.g
- If you don’t already have one install a rim cylinder lock to work alongside your mortice lock.
- Have chains or bolts installed, these only work from the inside of your property but they are a great extra level of defence at night.
If you would like to implement any of the security measures mentioned above or are having problems with the locks on you wooden doors then contact City Locksmiths Bristol today – 0117 287 2012