High-security residential door locks offer extra protection against manipulation, destructive attacks, and unauthorized duplication of keys. In addition, electronic locks can keep track of activity and quickly address compromised or expired credentials through audit trails and monitoring.
Recently, a strong focus has been on patenting keys and using measures to limit their distribution. This aims to keep the keys under control by preventing them from being duplicated. Nevertheless, it is essential to note that this strategy may result in unintended consequences.
What are High-Security Locks?
A high-security lock is a type of lock of superior quality to standard safety. It is designed to resist break-ins and picks by potential intruders who wish to enter a home or business. Installing this type of lock provides extra security for your property.
Locks considered high-security are evaluated based on standards established by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Building Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA). Generally, a Grade 1 security mortise lock, auxiliary deadbolt, padlock, or multipoint lock will have a high-security cylinder installed.
UL437 is the most common high-security rating for locks and cylinders. Manufacturers in North America offer locks that meet the UL437 standard and have the patented and controlled required distribution. These locks are tested to ensure they cannot be opened through bypass, lock-picking, or destructive entry.
These locks are recommended for use in businesses, especially at entrances. It is also advisable for business owners to install them on doors leading to places where valuables such as money, safes, computer rooms, or file rooms are kept.
These locks can also be installed in residential homes, not just businesses. You can place them on your front door or garage to stop people from entering your home without permission. Some homeowners even install them on their home office doors to increase security for valuable items and documents.
What High-Security Locks Are on the Market Today?
Now that you know about the guidelines and uses of high security, let’s talk about the available products.
Securitech is a company that specializes in making locks that are highly durable and can be used with any key. They are known for creating waves that can be relied upon when there is a possibility of physical attacks. These locks are widely used for securing things like drugs, high-value items, safe rooms, and where there is a high risk of wind, tornadoes, or hurricanes.
The 8800 series mortise lock produced by Yale can come with the Keymark high-security cylinder, which has a patented design. This cylinder includes a rotating disk inside, which causes a side pin to move and unlock. The cylinder also has a face plug that freely rotates to prevent drilling attempts and particular pin segments that contain bumping or tampering, meeting UL437 performance standards.
SARGENT high-security locks utilize the patented Degree keying system, with their latest DG3 cylinder version equipped with chisel-point pins, a sidebar, and drill resistance to achieve a UL437 rating for their 7900 series mortise locks. Additionally, SARGENT offers the CLIQ hybrid electronic key with the Degree keying system, providing an audit trail and efficient deletion or reassignment capabilities through ASSA ABLOY.
Corbin Russwin‘s high-security locks are equipped with the Pyramid patented keying system and have drill-resistant rigid metal inserts in the cylinder and plug, side pins, and a bottom locking pin to achieve the UL437 rating for high-security mortise and multipoint locks. Additionally, Corbin Russwin offers the CLIQ system with high-security keying as an option.
The CyberLock system offers high-security features through electronic cylinders and CyberKey intelligent keys. Each key is programmed with access privileges and a schedule of permitted days and times for opening specific locks.