More often than not wooden door locks come pre-fitted with mortice locks, these are key operated, bolt locks, the brand and size of your lock will depend on what the manufacturers preference was. Not all locks that come fitted with wooden doors will meet the current BS3621 standard, especially if your door is an older door. If you wish to check if your lock meets BS3621 then you need to look for the kite mark, this will be displayed on the face plate of the lock. If you find the BS3621 mark then your lock meets the current minimum security requirements and you will be covered by your insurer if you have a break-in. However, if your lock doesn’t display the BS3621 mark then it should be a priority to call out your local locksmith to have the upgraded, if you don’t get the locks upgraded, then you could find that your insurance policy is invalid and if you need to make a claim after a break-in your insurer wont pay out.
Why Change A Mortice Lock?
There are plenty of reasons why you would need to replace or upgrade your mortice lock, a few are listed below:
- Your locks don’t meet current BS3621 Standards.
- You have recently moved home and need the locks changing to ensure that you and your family are the only ones with a copy of the key to your property.
- Your lock is faulty, damaged or been tampered with. This could involve a simple repair or a completely new lock, a locksmith will be able to diagnose the issues you are having and advise on the best course of action.
Rim cylinders are more commonly known as Yale locks, this type of lock is often used alongside a mortice lock on a wooden door. This type of lock will automatically lock when the door is shut behind you. This is great for home security however if you have left your keys in the house it can leave you in a sticky situation! Luckily a quick call to your local locksmith will see you back in your property in no time!
If your wooden door only has a rim cylinder installed then it would be advised that you have a BS3621 mortice lock installed to work alongside it, this will vastly improve the overall security of your door.
The reasons you would have a rim cylinder lock change dare much the same as those for changing a mortice lock, it is damaged, you have moved home or it doesn’t meet current BS3621 security requirements.