For high-security facilities, only the best locks will do. Unlike a standard business, certain facilities mandate much tougher security measures. Therefore, a locksmith will install state-of-the-art locks proven to keep both inside and outside premises safe.
Types of High-Security Facilities
While some high-security facilities are obvious, others are not. Below are examples of buildings for which high-powered locks are mandatory.
Security Lock Options
Of all security devices installed by locksmiths, manual key-operated ones are the most common. Even though more sophisticated electronic access control systems are installed, most high-security facilities also use manual locks. Together, these locks work exceptionally well.
Keep in mind that the majority of manual locks used for high-security facilities are designed with updated technology. They are much more reliable than similar locks from 50 years ago. In earlier locks, there were a lot of weaknesses, which have been corrected. Some of these include:
•Duplicated – Earlier manual locks used on high-security doors could be duplicated. Today, keys used for high-security purposes cannot be duplicated, which raises the level of security.
•Picked – Another problem with earlier locks is the risk of being picked. Obviously, for high-security facilities, this cannot happen. Today’s locks cannot be picked, even by a criminal with sophisticated skills.
•Drilled – The invention of cordless drills made lock drilling increasingly common. Unlike older locks, those used today in high-security facilities cannot be drilled open.
With high-security locks, most of the known weaknesses of earlier designs have been eliminated. As a result of this, the locks offer a wide range of benefits, including:
•Restricted Keys – Also known as “patented,” these locks are designed with key blanks that are strictly limited. In addition, duplication can only be done with high-level clearance and special equipment. Because it is nearly impossible for someone without authorization to get a key, the risk of duplicate keys being in circulation is dramatically decreased.
•Pickproof – As stated, the types of locks used in high-security facilities are designed with unique mechanisms that make picking extremely difficult, if not impossible. Although there are a few really talented criminals who could breach a pickproof lock, they would require a significant amount of time to achieve success, so this greatly reduces risk to the facility.
•Mechanisms – Some of the special mechanisms found in high-security locks include hardened metal pins/discs or a metal plate that is placed in the path where a drill would penetrate. Because of this, the metal serves as a type of shield that prevents a drill bit from reaching the actual lock. Again, to accomplish a breach would require not only skill but also a lot of time.
Today, a number of companies offer locks for high-security facilities. Although more conventional locks are also sold, these companies have unique brands designed specifically for buildings that need to provide absolute security.