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AC Locksmiths-Explore Your Security Options by Learning About the Different Types of Locks

The main part of the door and our area of expertise, is of course the lock. There are many types of locks in the market today and it is good to know the lock thoroughly including its performance before getting one fitted to your door. Let’s take a look at some.

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The locks are mechanisms that are generally made of metal ( a little history fact- in ancient times it was common for them to be made of wood) that when installed in doors, gates, windows or compartments, allow access with most commonly  a key and preventing unauthorized access and establishing a reliable security system for anything that is inside. We already know that the ultimate goal of locksmiths is to fully know the locks, in order to be able to install, repair, uninstall or disarm them. The most experienced locksmiths manages to stand out, since they dedicate themselves to the trade daily throughout the years, since being a necessary profession and based on emergencies, it is necessary to always have knowledge on the new and up to date technologies within the industry.

But to understand the work of locksmiths a little more, we must know locks better, and understand how they work. We generally know that to operate a lock we need a key,  but there are other types of locks that don’t require a key. These types of keyless locks may need either a code or a key that transmits a signal when close, there are also new fingerprint reading locks that are becoming popular. Still, the good old key is by far the most used today. 

Key operation and types of locks

The key holds in the shape of its body, with all those grooves it has, the right combination or code you could say to open the lock it was made for. Inside the lock there is a  group of drums or pins that are at different heights, and you need a key that fits each of the pins to allow the lock to open when the key is turned.

The operation outlined above is how most common locks work and practically all those that we use daily. There are more types of locks that can be used and for different purposes in which their operation, although very similar, may vary a little and is it is necessary to know all these alternatives.

For example, there are security locks, in which the system is different and the key does not have to fit a group of pins, but rather go through a small slot that has a figure and the key must pass through the slot to operate the lock. This type of locks offer such a level of security that in order to have a copy of the key, you must contact the manufacturer of the security lock.

Electronic locks for high security

Electronic locks are gaining in popularity as they offer a high level of security and saves the user from carrying around keys to open them. The best thing about electronic locks is that they offer different ways of operating them that can be adapted to your security needs without problems. The most common types of electronic locks are the ones that to open with a card or with a security code entered on an electronic pad, which can be a series of numbers or letters or a pattern, just like some of the mobile phones we use.  It doesn’t just stop there with this technology. A higher state of security is achieved when we start to look into biometric electronic locks, which are based on unique and hard to copy biological patterns to be unlocked, such as facial, iris or fingerprint recognition, achieving an almost impossible to access without authorization.


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