It is only natural to want the best when it comes to your family’s safety and security – even more so if you take into account Myrtle Beach’s higher than national average crime rate. This is why most homeowners are willing to spend a little bit more money on security devices than any other modern home equipment. Since there are literally hundreds of types and brands of security locks on the market, a certified locksmith in Myrtle Beach can explain the differences of the most commonly used ones for your reference.
The Many Faces of Security Locks
Locks have continuously evolved with changing security requirements, which have heightened in response to criminals updating their lock-picking skills.
It’s not just career criminals, though. A simple Google search will reveal a detailed guide on how to open locks without the need of a key. There are some that even include instructional videos. As a result, it has become a tad more difficult to trust locks alone to do their job properly.
There is no lock in this world that can give you absolute security. At best, locks serve as deterrents for thieves and robbers, making it difficult for these criminals to gain access to your home. Thus, the ‘best’ lock depends on what type of door (interior or exterior) you plan to install a specific locking device to.
Locks, nowadays, can be classified into two general categories: mechanical and electronic.
Mechanical vs. Electronic: Which is Better?
Mechanical locks can be classified as either warded or tumbler. A warded lock uses a spring-loaded bolt the slides backward and forward when the right key is inserted. It has several fixed projections or notches, which are the exact match of notches found in the key. The fixed notches block the entry of the wrong key. However, a simple warded lock can easily be picked, which is why it is now only used in the cheapest of padlocks.
A tumbler lock, on the other hand, has levers or latches that fall into specific slots which prevent it from being moved. The right key needs to have the right serrations in order to raise the tumblers and open the lock. The pin-tumbler lock is the most commonly used in households. While it can still leave novices scratching their heads while trying to figure out how to best pick them, pin-tumbler locks have long been proven to be powerless against expert lock bumpers and pickers.
Keyless locks have been around for a couple of centuries already, but it is only recently that electronic keyless locks became a big thing. An electronic keyless lock can only be opened using either a wireless connection via smartphones, a number pin code, or biometrics.
The best protection for your family is still constant vigilance. To know more about what type of lock you should use, contact a certified locksmith and ask for his recommendations.
Coastal Contract Hardware is an experienced trustworthy locksmith, including installation and maintenance of doors and door locks. We service areas in North and South Carolina such as Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Horry County, SC and other surrounding areas.