The British Standards Institute produces a set of standards for locks which determine exactly how well a particular product succeeds in certain categories; durability, for example. As the premier 24 hour locksmith in areas including: Addiscombe, Beckenham, Bromley, Chislehurst, Croydon, Crystal Palace and Shirley – we are very well versed with these standards and use our knowledge of them to ensure clients can find the perfect lock for their individual needs.
In this blog post, we’ve looked to breakdown the British Standards for locks, and also argue why it’s important to understand them. But if you’ve taken a wrong click on our website, and are instead looking to have a 24 hour locksmith come out and help you with a situation in or around Addiscombe, Beckenham, Bromley, Chislehurst, Croydon, Crystal Palace and Shirley, then the last thing you want to be doing is reading about standards! So instead, pick up the phone and call us on 07533 253 947.
First of all, let’s answer that latter question…
Insurance – Some insurance providers will dictate that locks must meet a certain standard. If they fall short, they simply won’t grant you cover. Others might offer up attractive and significant discounts if you put locks of a certain standard in place.
Safety – Well-rated and certified locks are far more likely to provide your property with an adequate standard of safety. The saying goes that you can’t put a price on peace of mind, and we truly believe it. You wouldn’t believe the amount of homes we attend to as Addiscombe, Beckenham, Bromley, Chislehurst, Croydon, Crystal Palace and Shirley’s go-to 24 hour locksmith, where a break in has been easily accomplished due to poor quality locks.
So what should you be looking out for? The BSI Kitemark, of course! Manufacturers imprint a kitemark on locks that have been tested to meet certain standards. There’s also a serial number type of thing, which further narrows down what the lock is meant for. They mean the following…
BS3621 – The most common standard for door locks. These are deemed to be suitable for external (front and back doors), which are obviously somewhat vulnerable to a potential break in. They are highly secure and durable, and up to the job of keeping your home safe.
BS8621 – Locks with this standard are often implemented within blocks of flats around Addiscombe, Beckenham, Bromley, Chislehurst, Croydon, Crystal Palace or Shirley. They require a key for entry, but not for exit as they can be opened from the inside through a thumb turn. These locks have to facilitate easy emergency escape to meet this standard. This means a 24 hour locksmith will need to implement them in situations where multiple flat owners could need to get out a shared door following a fire or similar emergency situation.
BS10621 – This standard applies to quality locks which cannot under any circumstances be locked from the interior. They’re only locked from the outside. A 24 hour locksmith, like our humble selves, will recommend this to clients like small business owners who might be the last person out of a building and in charge of locking up. It’s safe in this respect as if someone gained access to your property through a window, they wouldn’t be able to escape through the door. This extra time bought could be enough for the police to show up, or a neighbour to notify them!
Feeling clued up about British Standards…? We hope so! If you have any questions or need the assistance of a highly experienced 24 hour locksmith, active in Addiscombe, Beckenham, Bromley, Chislehurst, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Shirley and all nearby locales – call us at your earliest convenience. For more insightful blog posts on everything that we do and our wider industry, navigate back to our blog overview page.