As we mentioned, doors are a huge portion of your security in both a residential and commercial capacity. For a commercial business though, the front door is the first impression future clients and customers get of your business. Thus, it’s important that you pull off a welcoming entryway, while still protecting what's yours.
Calculating Your Locks Effectiveness
Luckily, you don't have to have someone try to break in through your front door to find out how effective your current commercial lock situation is. You can base the strength of your current security system on a couple of factors that will help you determine if you’re due for an upgrade, or if your business is doing just fine. The main factor you’ll need to worry about, other than if your door’s deadbolt is just gone, is the construction of the actual door itself. Your lock is only as good as the door it’s attached to, so if it’s made out of a material that is closer to styrofoam than wood, you might consider replacing the door before addressing the locks. After that, assess the safety and security of your current lock. Try looking up your model of lock, chances are you’ll find potential tutorial videos on how to pick it “in case of emergencies.” If you don’t find it, it’s likely safe to assume that your current lock is in good shape. Though, you might reach out to Lockman and chat with us about modern options and what our expert opinion is of your current lock, especially if you’re growing more concerned about losing commercial property.
How to Invest In Better Commercial Locks
Once you’ve narrowed down where the issues with your current lock are, you can start to browse for improved commercial locks intelligently. When you’re looking for a new lock there’s a few main criteria that a lock should never actually fall short on:
- Pick Resistance
- Bypass Protection
- Metal Composition
- Key Control
Convenience, pick and bump resistance are all fairly self-explanatory features. Key control goes hand-in-hand with anti-pick locks and the convenience factor in that the lock needs to be able to adapt easily to your keying needs. That means it can adjust for different kinds of keys and provide a master key for you, the owner, and anyone else you need to have it. If it’s more secure than that, you might look into placing it somewhere else in your store to protect the higher priced items. While the front door needs to be secure, you’ll still need to be able to let the opening shift get access so the business can get up and running in the morning.
Bypass Protection is likely the most important feature you can access in a commercial lock. Locks that come with easy bypasses are not worth your money and put your commercial establishment at risk. Bypasses usually come in the form of gaps between the two doorways and claim to make it easier to let locksmiths into the lock if the door should be locked. You can make bypasses safer by removing the thumb turn portion of the lock on the other side of the door, but it's better to ensure that are no bypasses within your lock, or your door.
If you keep these simple guidelines in mind, you’ll be able to choose a lock that suits you best, or you can always reach out to the professional locksmiths at Lockman and ask for our opinion. We’re happy to help you secure your commercial space with superior locks.