High-security locks are designed to provide a higher level of protection against the primary methods of attack that are employed by criminals, saboteurs, and spies both outside of a protected area and from within by employees, service personnel, or those who may have or gain access to one or more locks. It is expected that a facility that is more likely to be a target will probably specify high security rated hardware. That is precisely the reason that manufacturers produce locks, deadbolts, access control systems, and other products to defend against more sophisticated forms of compromise.
High-security locks are significantly more expensive than conventional cylinders. They are employed where security officers believe there is a higher risk of entry and compromise of infrastructure, assets, systems, and personnel. Insurers or government regulations all over the world, including Dallas, demand the installation of this type of hardware because of its perceived resistance to methods of entry that are likely to be employed in an attack.
While many vendors market their locks as high security, only those that are given an appropriate security rating (or have withstood a long period of analysis by manufacturers, locksmiths, security researchers, and lock sports enthusiasts) are considered high security. Most high-security locks use specific designs or characteristics that improve their ability to resist manipulation and forced entry for a given amount of time.
The main goal of all high-security locks is not to be undefeatable, but instead to make defeat too expensive or time-consuming to be feasible.
Most high-security locks have many of the following included in their design to increase security. Many of these characteristics are pre-requisites for various security ratings.
The use of sophisticated and paracentric keyways frustrate attacks by manipulation by making it harder to insert and maneuver tools within the lock.
The ability to control the creation, distribution, and cutting of keys for a given lock can significantly increase the security of the keying system for a given lock. Most high-security locks have key bows and warding patterns that are patent protected to prevent unauthorized manufacturing. Keys to high-security locks also generally require a security card to be presented for a locksmith to duplicate keys. Many also require a specialized key cutting machine.
High-security locks traditionally offer a very high number of real and theoretical key differs to prevent cross keying and allow for complex master keying configurations.
Almost all high-security locks have components designed to resist manipulation from lockpicking and decoding attacks. Security pins are the most famous example of anti-manipulation components in pin-tumbler locks. Some locks also have components designed to withstand impressioning and key bumping.
Destructive/Forced Entry Resistance
All high-security locks use strong materials and designs that make them resistant to destructive entry techniques. Steel rods, ball bearings, and hardened materials are standard.
High Manufacturing Tolerances
Increased concern over the tolerance of components to provide a manipulation-resistant and functional lock accompanies most high-security locks. Increased tolerances also help to increase the number of available component sizes or depths and promote longevity of the lock.
At SOS Locksmith, our customers always come first. To that effect, we offer 24/7/365 services, which means you can call us even at odd hours. We have a team of professionals who can attend to all high-security lock need. Whenever you need our services, all you need to do is get in touch, and we will be there to help you in no time.