What really makes a lock secure?
Thursday, June 7, 2018
When it comes to exterior door hardware, quality matters for both security and aesthetics.
Door hardware grades
The first step to finding the most secure exterior door hardware for your home is to look for hardware that has been tested against the highest industry standards, like the BHMA residential grading system. BHMA is a group of industry experts who grade residential door hardware performance in the categories of Security, Durability and Finish. A grade of ‘C’ is good, ‘B’ is better, and ‘A’ is best. A grade of AAA is the best grade possible in all three categories.
Many Schlage locks come with an integrated anti-pick shield to provide added security. The shield doesn’t impact the look of the lock, but it does strengthen it against lock pick attacks.
1-inch bolt with spinning pin
Schlage locks come with a solid zinc 1-inch bolt for added kick-in resistance. This is larger than many bolts on the market, and it does make a difference in security. Because of this larger, sturdier bolt, Schlage locks require a larger bore hole than those required by competitors. Widening the bore hole may take an extra few minutes if you’re switching from another brand to Schlage, but the added security is well worth it.
Schlage bolts also include a hardened steel pin inside that spins in response to sawing attacks, so it can’t be cut through. Plus, a half inch of the bolt remains in the housing when locked for even more kick-in resistance.
Schlage offers a strike reinforcement plate with 3-inch screws that also add more kick-in resistance. Be advised though, if you have a sidelight (a window that runs parallel to your door on the side that latches), the 3-inch screws may be too long to use. This is one of many reasons that sidelights should be avoided as they are a security liability.
A low profile face on a deadbolt makes it just about impossible to grab with a wrench or pull off.
Some locks, like the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Lock, don’t come with a key cylinder. Many homeowners feel comfortable having a backup key option, but the truth is that once you adopt an electronic lock, it is highly unlikely you’ll ever need a key again. Most electronic lock users stop using keys completely, given how easy it is to share access electronically or with an access code. With a low battery indicator and up to 1-year battery life standard across our electronic locks, you don’t have to worry about getting locked out and needing that key (just don’t ignore the indicator!)
But it’s not just easy – it’s more secure. With no cylinder on the lock, there’s no opportunity to pick the lock or create a fake ‘bump’ key to bypass it.
Even if you don’t go completely keyless, electronic locks make it possible to completely eliminate the need for spare keys that can easily fall into the wrong hands. Just use access codes that can be easily created and deleted as needed. Plus, with no spare keys floating around, there’s no need to ever rekey the lock.
All Schlage electronic locks come with encryption for a secure connection. Schlage is committed to offering electronic options that add convenience without sacrificing security, and that’s why we always design our products with data privacy and encryption needs top of mind.
When choosing products that are meant to protect our homes and families, it’s important to look for the best. Keep an eye out for these features next time you’re shopping around – or save some time and just grab a Schlage lock, where all of these features and more come standard.