British Standard Locks (BSI)
British Standard Locks is a lock standard that is set out by the British Standards Institute (BSI) for locks that are recognised in helping to prevent theft. A large majority of insurance companies will require you to have these types of locks fitted to your front and back doors of your home.
BSI test and assess locks based on a certain criteria they have laid out. In order to gain the BSI title, these locks must meet their security requirements. If a lock is awarded this title, this is a clear indicator of the locks reliability and high quality.
Not only do these locks meet the needs of most insurers but will help to give you you peace of mind knowing that your locks meet high security standards.
The intentions of BSI is to help to improve the safety of products by creating such standards and encouraging manufacturers to follow them.
To show that it meets such security standards, the lock is marked with a BSI Kitemark.
There are different certifications that can be awarded to a lock and this will be displayed as a certain number. This number will indicate the standard the lock has met.
BS3621 is the most popular British Standard for locks you will come across and will mainly be found on locks on front and back doors of properties. Due to their high vulnerability to attack and forced entry, these types of locks need to have a very high level of security in order to meet the BS3621 locking standard. Such locks will have certain features such as anti drill of anti tamper features.
BS8621 is a standard found on certain locks which you will find in blocks of flats. In order to meet BS8621 standards, the lock must allow an emergency exit at all times in the event of quick evacuation from a property.
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