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    advice on secure locks that aren't too expensive for exterior door


    I want to upgrade the locks of every exterior door of my property. What type of locks should I have fitted if I want ones that are more secure than most but not necessarily too expensive either?

    Asked by Carol on 17th Aug 2020
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    OT locksmiths and maintenance


    Providing they are upvc doors you can upgrade the cylinders to 1-3* British standard. (Anti pick, anti snap, anti drill) they can cost anything from £20 - £80 each depending on brand and quality. That is a supply only price fitting would be an extra charge.

    Hope this helps,

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Jan 2017 - report
    MKA Locksmiths

    "Hello Carol,

    I would definitely recommend ERA 3Star High Security Antisnap Locks as these locks will give your door maximum security (depending on type of mechanism you have fitted, it might be best to have a couple of SashGuards fitted internally if your mechanism is old style type and only has rollers).

    Alternatively if you are on a budget you could have 1star Antisnap locks fitted which will give you better security then a standard lock but not as good protection as 3star lock (normally a 1star lock would need a 2Star handle fitted together to give you maximum security).

    Hope this is helpful to you.

    Many Thanks"

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Jun 2019 - report
    EntryTec Locksmiths

    "Hi ,
    This depends on what doors you have. Are they wood or PVC, if PVC usually 3 star are the most expensive but they are very secure having said that some 1* are also very good and much cheaper .

    Get in touch for more info"

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
    AJS Locksmiths LTD

    "Hi, if you have UPVC doors you can upgrade the cylinders to British standard 3 star anti snap locks, in addition you can also fit British standard high security handles. The cost would be £60 for the first ours labour, £60 per cylinder and £50 per handle.
    If your doors are wooden doors you can fit British standard 5 lever mortice locks.
    AJS Locksmiths Ltd"

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    Goldy Locks Locksmith

    "What type of doors are they? Mortice bs strongbolt or fortress for upvc ultion 3 star. Make sure they have anti snap strength bar also"

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    LockFit Coventry

    "Hi Carol, we recommend and regularly fit Ultion locks, they are a little more expensive than standard euro locks but they are considered the most secure locks and much harder for criminals to break into."

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Aug 2020 - report
    S.L Locksmiths

    "You want to make sure they are all anti snap locks and that all the locks are the right size for the door, there are 1* and 3* locks that you can get but they are more expensive, get in touch if you would like more info."

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Jul 2018 - report
    AS Locks and Services

    "It's dependant on the type of doors you have. If they have euro cylinders go for a high spec, Eg: British Standard TS007 3 Star cylinders and of a well known brand.
    If timber doors 5 lever mortice dead or sash locks that meet British Standard 3621, and again a recognised brand.
    Don't go cheap as you'll get what you pay for.."

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Jun 2017 - report
    ECF Emergency Locksmiths

    "Hi the cheapest most secure option are mortice locks. If you already have euro cylinders it is easy to upgrade them to anti snap ones."

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Jul 2020 - report
    Legend Locksmiths

    "For PVCu or composite doors you could fit security handles,better cylinders or a combination of both to attain 3* security.
    For wooden doors B.S.3621 locks should be fitted.Prices vary a lot for the lock itself. Most deadlocks are fitted lower on the door so an additional one higher up above the nightlatch (Yale) would increase security.Some but not all locks can be keyed alike for convenience. Doors can also be strengthened with plates and frames with London and Birmingham Bars."

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Jul 2020 - report
    Rotherham and Doncaster locksmith

    "i would fit "snap safe" locks if it is a euro cylinder type fitted to upvc doors
    if it is a mortice lock you would need a 5 lever insurance rated lock"

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Aug 2019 - report

    "It depends on what type of lock you currently have, for example if any of your doors are upvc then the best locks are anti-snap locks, most of which are resistant to drilling and picking"

    Answered on 17th Aug 2020 - Member since Jun 2020 - report

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