What are Deadlocks
Deadlocks Melbourne – Deadlock Installation in Melbourne
Deadbolts or deadlocks are locking mechanisms which allow opening only through rotation of a key lock cylinder. In this way, they differ from the more regular lock and key mechanisms which operate with a spring to hold the bolt in place. Deadlocks make entry into a building more difficult without the correct key in your hand. These are an insurance must.
Some types of deadlocks include:
- Single cylinder– these have a key on one side and a turning doorknob on the other.
- Double cylinder– these operate with a key on both sides and usually no turning knob.
- Dead Latch (001 Lockwood)– which is a self-latching lock the ability to lock from both sides of the door with a key from the outside and a turn knob from outside
Ways how deadlocks can improve your security:
- Deadlocks make it more difficult to open a door as you need the right key
- It is more difficult to use force on the door than with a spring-bolted door. The door itself would need to be broken, probably by force. And the old credit card trick will not work
- It is far easier for a burglar to pick a latching lock
- The door can only be locked when fully closed, and so you are not able to accidentally engage the locking mechanism when the door is slightly open
- Double-cylinder deadlocks need a key on either side which prevents someone reaching in through a window and twisting a doorknob (Single sided deadbolt excluded)
Double cylinder safety tip
With double-cylinder deadlocks, it is important however to consider safety, such as having quick access to a key in the case of fire. It is also important not to find yourself locked in your house! A way around these problems is to have a key available always near the keyhole, perhaps on a hook, or to only engage the deadlock when the house is empty (leave the inside to unlock when you are home).
Bonus safety tips
However, there is not much point in having deadlocks on doors if the easy entry can be gained through windows, either through sliding them off their tracks or breaking the glass. Ways around this include installing tempered laminated glass, and window deadlocks for windows such as sliding window locks, window latches, patio door locks requiring a key, or patio bolts. For sliding doors, you can install deadlocks or a Lockwood patio bolt.
For added home security, consider installing security doors on all entries. CCTV is a great idea and even sensor lights.
LocksUnlimited mobile locksmiths are professional locksmiths who operate within Melbourne and Melbourne suburbs up to a 30km distance from Melbourne city. LocksUnlimited can visit your premises and provide advice on security needs as well as install and repair locks and, install deadlocks and window locks.
LocksUnlimited locksmith services include:
- High-quality locks for doors, garages, windows, sheds, and gates
- Latches and locks for internal doors
- Rekeying – a service that involves altering locks so that they work on the same key.
- Lock and alarm repairs and maintenance
- Restricted key systems which allow you to control who has access to your building or property
All of LocksUnlimited work carries the Master Locksmith professional guarantee. LocksUnlimited also has a 24/7 emergency number in case of house or business lockouts. Or if you find yourself ‘deadlocked’ inside the house with no key!
Contact Melbourne’s locksmith on the move for a free quote or to discuss your security concerns or needs.