Keeping your communal door secure
Securing a house or a flat is one thing, however locks being fitted on communal doors is quite another. Quite frequently we are asked to fit an additional lock to a door that keys are given to two sets of tenants. On this scenario as proffesional North London Locksmiths we have to politely decline and walk away while a competitior of ours gets the business. Why is that you may ask? Well the truth is that is a fire hazard and we would simply be breaking the law. Whilst it is the responsibility of a home owner to exit their own house in the event of a fire a communal door is seen as a fire exit and must be exited in one movement of the hand.
So what should you have for a more secure communal door? Well most importantly in our opinion is a door closer. If the door isn't shut behind you it doesn't really matter how good the locks on your door are and on many occasions we find breakins occur because someone left the door open (usually a guest at one of the apartments).
The next thing is a good lock for the door such as an Ingersoll or a Cisa lock. These locks are hard to manipulate from the outside and cannot be 'slipped' with plastic or easily forced back with a screwdriver etc either.
Finally a lock with a high security or restricted key where only authorised personel can get copies is a must if there are numerous tennants and keys are being lent out to tradesmen or 'friends'. Knowing who has got a key and who hasn't is a great way of stoping unwanted guests.