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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenMaintenance & Repairs · 8 months ago

How safe are household mortice locks with household mortice key? What are the safest locks & keys?

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago
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    Locks have security rating and are usually classed by the number of levers. Super cheap ones with two levers can easily be picked or opened with a skeleton key - but most security rated ones will have 5 or 10 levers and be made to some sort of standard. Locks are only as good as the door and frames they are fitted to, but any deadlock is almost always better than a rim latch or night latch that can be opened with a credit card.

  • 8 months ago

    Safe isn't the issue. SECURE is the question. The lock is actually the LEAST important factor for that purpose. The FRAME of the door is likely to fail with less force than the lock.

  • 8 months ago

    the "safest" locks and keys have a round or oval key shape with small pits at odd intervals on the key. Multiple brands are all about the same. That said, added safety comes from buying them yourself at home improvement store and paying cash so there is no record of who bought them. Then, you install them yourself -- this way, there is no locksmith involved and thus no risk that locksmith's files of keys will be rifled through by dishonest employee or hacked to find out how to get into your place. Still, locks and keys are all well and good, but if the door jamb they are installed into isn't very strong, the whole lock assembly can simply be bypassed by breaking the door frame. This risk is reduced by replacing exterior doors and frames with steel products [which is NOT a DIY task]. And, of course, even that will not prevent law enforcement from entering with a warrant .... They'll simply break everything to get in [using a truck mounted ram or hydraulic pump].

    And, of course, excessive locking up prevents the fire department from getting in to search for you in the event of a fire.

    I suggest that security is improved with a fairly large dog and an alarm system, possibly backed up by your .38

    Source(s): grampa
  • 8 months ago

    Locks can be great, but once or twice I have had to break down a door to get in, and it is surprisingly easy. You barge your shoulder against the door and the door frame breaks off and the door opens. It does not matter how good the lock is if the frame is made of wood. 

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  • 8 months ago

    The problem is the best lock you can come up with it is only as good as the door and frame it is installed on. 

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    In the UK most 5 lever mortice locks are British Standard and Insurance approved. So look for the kite mark.

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