The quick answer is your local hardware or big box store. They make it very easy to purchase locks for your doors. They come in pretty packages with detailed instructions. This is a project that a DIY person is capable of doing. So if these are the best places to buy locks, why am I even writing this article? Because you do have additional choices such as your local locksmith who will sell you the locks and install them as well. There is also a specialty service center and distributor who can provide expert lock assembly as well as advice on how you should “key” your new locks. I will expand on each of the above options. safe cam lock
Local hardware or big box stores offer convenience as some are open 7 days per week. They also offer a wide selection of door locks from different manufacturers. You can also have your choice of colors and styles. This all sounds great except for one problem, the number of key codes are limited, so other people may have the same key as your new lock. These stores offer only a couple of levels of security.
Locksmiths can offer the same locks, colors and styles as the hardware and big box stores. They can also provide higher security locks and can do special keying. They also offer other services such as video surveillance, auto lock out service and commercial service. So you can purchase your locks from them and they will come to your house and install those locks and even cut you extra keys if needed. All of this comes at a cost.
National distributor and service centers such as Locking Systems International can provide grades 1, 2 and 3 locks all the way up to electronic and high security locks. They can advise on how you should key your locks and also advise you on the best way to install them. Service centers do not come to your location to install locks; however they work with a locksmith who will do the installation if necessary.
So before you make a choice on where to buy your locks you should consider what or who you are trying to protect. The higher the value of the items or people you are protecting the higher the security of the lock should be.
There is a lot more involved then picking a lock off the shelf.
George Uliano is a security professional with years of law enforcement and security experience. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Company Locking Systems International Inc the unique ability to provide its customers with the correct security at an affordable price.