When making a lock recommendation for your client, it can be helpful to assess their routine, the purpose of the locking mechanism, and who will be using it. These things can help determine what locking system is most suitable for your clients’ specific goals or help provide recommendations for a general all-around security system they can use.
Homes have different requirements than offices, as well as places with high-security needs or valuable items in inventory. The best way to make a good recommendation for a locking system for your client is to assess how they will be using the lock and the convenience, or lack thereof, of accessibility.
Here are some general needs of people looking for a new locking system and what might best suit each purpose.
If your client is interested in upgrading the locking system for their home, safety, security, and ease of access may be some of the most critical features in their daily life. Because they are interested in purchasing a lock, security is paramount.
A deadbolt in addition to a standard lock is preferable. The lock you offer your client should be durable and resistant to basic lock picking techniques and bump keys. Many families have several people accessing the home, which may result in lost keys or doors left unlocked.
Based on these considerations, a high-security deadbolt with the ability to easily re-key may be a good choice. This system provides a lock that can only be locked and unlocked using a key and can be re-keyed quickly in case the key is lost.
Another effective system is an electronic or smart lock, allowing users to lock and unlock the door using a key code, smartphone, or remote entry. Temporary codes can be made for guests, workers, or in case somebody does not have access. For users seeking extra flexibility, smart locks are an excellent consideration.
Offices and businesses have different needs for their security system. Their need for protection may be higher than the average homeowner and may require additional security measures, locking systems, and barriers to entry. This is especially true if the business carries large amounts of cash or valuable inventory that needs to be safely guarded.
Different employees may require secure access to the various areas in the workspace. Businesses may be looking for more than just a lock. Instead, they may want a complete system of security that plans and monitors entry and exit doors, private offices, and secured storage spaces. Some doors will be accessed by all employees, while some will provide limited access or passage in one direction only.
For these clients, smart locks or keypad locks are often suitable. Larger organizations with many employees may even use RFID tags and sensors to open doors. For areas that require a specific security clearance, individualized access is the most secure method. Additionally, doors to secure rooms and exit doors may be completely keyless, providing specific access to these areas. This also prevents them from being accessed using lock picking tools.
For more commonly used doors, such as the primary egress, these may use a combination of access methods for convenience. Deadbolts may work for most cases, and mortise locks can be used for added security.
Leveraging smart locks, electronic systems, and keypad entry can provide access, convenience, and oversight for any kind of client. Understanding how they will be using the door or lock and whether family members, friends, or employees will need access can significantly affect the decision as to what lock is best.
The way the door locks or unlocks can also be a crucial factor, allowing for added security at key points. Choosing different locking mechanisms or deciding whether the door can be accessed with a key can enhance the level of security against penetrability. For more information, call Zero Day Gear at (855) 9376-329.