5 Situations Where High Security Locks Are Definitely Worth It
As a North London locksmith experienced in lock fitting and changing locks, I am often asked if high security locks are really necessary. It is preferable to choose a high security lock option but it is not always absolutely necessary. An experienced locksmith will be able to advise you if it is worth paying more for a high security lock for your property.
Are High Security Locks Worth It?
High security locks are always going to be a good investment if you can afford to pay more for the best lock. There are however situations where a basic lock will suffice. It is a matter of looking at all the circumstances in conjunction with your budget.
Advantages of High Security Locks
Advantages of choosing a high security lock are resistance to lock picking, lock bumping, lock snapping and if your key is patented also having more control over who can cut keys for your lock. Visit our online high security key cutting shop where we cut keys to code.
Seek advice from an approved lock fitting specialist to ensure that you get the balance right in terms of being secure and saving money.
When is a High Security Lock Necessary?
IKS Locksmiths are North London based lock specialists approved by the Master Locksmiths Association. Our aim is to ensure the customer gets the best value for money. It is not always appropriate to choose the most expensive product. Our experts are trained to recognise opportunities to save the customer money whilst still providing the best security solution.
We always present the options to a customer and explain the pros and cons and what they are paying for. Understanding what you are getting for your money when buying a new lock is important.
5 Situations We Recommend High Security Locks
There are certain situations where we strongly advise choosing a high security lock.
1) A Property with a UPVC door
UPVC door locks are notoriously susceptible to lock snapping. Lock snapping is one of the most common methods of burglary. You can read more about lock snapping and the best locks for UPVC doors here.
2) A Property in an Area with High Rates of Burglary
If a property is in an area with high incidences of burglary we would advise upgrading locks to achieve higher levels of security. We fit a lot of high security locks in areas like Islington and Camden where crime rates are higher than areas like Barnet and Highgate. Read our North London security Review here.
3) A Property with High Value Items
Intruders target homes and businesses with high value items. If they see that security levels are high they will be less inclined to attempt a break in. If we perceive a home to be a target we will suggest choosing the best locks as both a deterrent and to prevent access in the event of an attempted burglary. This is quite often the case in areas such as Hampstead, Knightsbridge and also Mill Hill. Read about What Makes Your Home a Target for Burglary here.
4) If you have a fear of burglary
Some homeowners are more nervous about intruders than others. It could be because of a bad experience or it could be because there has been a spate of burglaries in the area. For customers who are very anxious about the prospect of burglary paying a little extra for a high security lock can provide great peace of mind which makes it well worth the money for that feeling of security. Read about How to Maximise Home Security after a Burglary here.
5) Your Neighbours Have High Security Locks
Intruders survey an area looking for the easiest access. If your locks are not up to the same standards as your neighbours it makes your property more likely to be become a target for burglary. You can read more about How Thieves Break Into Houses here. Locks are one area where it is worth keeping up with the neighbours.
How Much Does a High Security Lock Cost?
It helps to know how much a high security lock costs in comparison with a basic lock. It really depends on the type of door and locks in question.
How Much Does a High Security UPVC Door Lock Cost?
As an example a basic lock for a UPVC door could cost around £30.00 + VAT plus fitting and a British Standard 3 star anti snap lock can cost in the region of £60.00 + VAT plus fitting. In this scenario the high security option is well worth the investment.
How Much Does a High Security Wooden Door Lock Cost?
A basic night latch lock for a wooden front door can cost around £20.00 + VAT plus fitting and a high security version of that lock could cost in excess of £50.00 + VAT plus fitting. There could be a range of factors that affect the level of security required such as the area in which the property is located.
It is important to seek advice from a security expert to ensure you choose the best lock for your particular property.
High Security Lock Specialist in London
If you are not sure if high security locks are a worthwhile investment for your property our experienced lock specialists can advise you on the best lock for your door. Our prices are highly competitive and we always look for opportunities to provide value to our customers.
Contact us for advice or to arrange a free security survey.