The Locksmith Pros Guide To Understanding Door Lock Brands

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When you need a new lock for your door, it is a good idea to know something about the available door lock brands. But even if you are not in the market for making this type of security upgrade, you should still know about the locks you are using.

This is why the experts at Locksmith Pros USA want to make sure you have a firm understanding of the basic rules for buying door locks. This is the Locksmith Pros USA guide to door lock brands.

How much do door lock brands matter?

Door lock brands are helpful when you are trying to get a general overview of what you should buy and use to protect your property. They do not tell you everything you need to know about the specific product, but it does give you an indication of the concerns you should have and should not have.

With some knowledge about the available door lock brands, you can make a more informed purchase without having to know everything about every lock.

What are some of the best door lock brands?

  1. Medeco – As long as you invest in a Medeco lock with the M3 core, you can avoid some of the well-documented exploits that are found in earlier Medeco locks. However, even with the weaknesses, this company has had in the past, they have made better locks than many other competitors.
  2. ASSA-Abloy – In terms of the best lock in the world, you will not find much that can compete with the Protec2 deadbolt produced by the ASSA-Abloy corporation. Many of their other locks are strong and well made, though lower-tier products might use Schlage or Kwikset cores (which can be updated) so that the lock hardware can be the main investment.
  3. Mul-T-Lock – There is not much wrong with security produced by Mul-T-Lock. Their high-security Hercular series of locks provides more protection than most homeowners will need. The MT5 and MT5+ cores can be picked by some of the best lock pickers in the world, but most criminals (and even many locksmiths) will consider them unpickable in a practical sense.
  4. EVVA – The lock manufacturer, EVVA, makes a very wide range of high-security locks, including electronic locks and other commercial-grade security products. For a quite a while, the EVVA MCS cylinder was considered unpickable, and to many it still is.
  5. BiLock – Though you will not be necessarily getting the best protection against drilling and other destructive entry methods, very few criminals will know how to interact with this type of lock. The BiLock comes to us from an Australian manufacturer, and is very rare in Los Angeles, though you can purchase it quite easily. 

Are there any door lock brands to be wary of?

There a countless door lock brands that you should be wary of. Most of them no locksmith will ever know the names of, as cheap Chinese manufacturing produces an overwhelming number of knock-off brands that may lack any type of logo or a distinguishing company marker. However, some of the brands that you should be skeptical of include:

  1. Master – The Master Lock company usually sticks to making cheap low-quality padlocks, but you will sometimes encounter their door locks at big box stores such as Target. Advertised resistances are misleading and deceptive on these products, so our experts would recommend choosing a better product.
  2. Kwikset – Though most people use Kwikset locks, this has more to do with their low cost than their security. Many Kwikset products provide little to no security, even going as far as to use plastic components that snap during attempts at forced entry. Though the SmartKey cylinders may be difficult to pick, they are easy to bypass and break open.
  3. Schlage – There are some good Schlage locks on the market, but they are rarely found in hardware stores. And though the Everest and Primus are decent locks, they are not in the same league as the other more desirable door lock brands.
  4. Defiant – This is a lock company started by the hardware store Home Depot. These locks are essentially Kwikset clones and should be treated as Kwikset locks. Cheaply made for the mass market, the compromises on quality allow them to be sold for extremely low prices.

What should I look for in a door lock?

  1. Lock Pick Resistance – A resistance to lock picking will also translate into resisting bump keys, other forms of covert entry, and even certain types of surreptitious entry. Though most criminals will never pick locks, the complexity of the internal components in a lock cylinder protects against a variety of possible vulnerabilities.
  2. Drill Resistance – A very popular form of forced entry is lock drilling, but with hardened steel inserts, steel pins, and free-spinning faceplate covers, you can prevent most drill attacks. All of these measures are designed to have the drill bit not be able to bite into the metal so that the cylinder can remain unharmed.
  3. Cutting Resistance – Cutting attacks are most often used on the bolt of a deadbolt. A cutting tool is placed in the gap between the door and the frame, and the bolt is sawed clean through. With strong metal, such as hardened steel alloys, this is unlikely to work, let alone work quickly.

Closing Advice

If you care about your security, use the door lock brands that offer the best protection. Do not be misled by the claims and deceptive “lifetime warranties” of inferior products. It does not matter what a door lock claims to have in terms of a security rating. What matters are the kinds of risks you are minimizing by installing your lock.

If you need any more help, contact the best locksmith in Los Angeles. The experts at Locksmith Pros USA can walk you through the process of buying door locks, and help with any installation. When you need better security in Los Angeles, there is only one number to call.

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