Not so long ago a well known insurance company released an advert whereby a customer was asked during an interrogation “does you lock conform to BS3621?
Following the advert you may have been left wondering what are the relevant British standards for locks and if indeed your locks do conform? Without too much jargon the most common domestic British standards for security are as follows.
For the sake of avoiding confusion the Oxford English Dictionary defines Egress as the “action of leaving or going out of a place”.
BS 3621 2007+2009 titled “Thief resistant lock assembly. Key Egress”
The standard first arrived in the 1960’s and provides the benchmark for all lock standards. The BS3621 was intended to cover wooden doors with a five leaver key locking mortise (cut into the door). Because the lock would require a key to exit it was not intended for multi occupancy dwellings.
BS 8621 2007+2009 titled “Thief resistant lock assembly. Keyless Egress”
Introduced in 2004 this standard covered locks that allowed the exit of a property with no key and their for was cleared for multi occupancy.
BS10621 2007+A12009 titled “Thief resistant lock assembly, dual mode”
Put simply BS10621 locks incorporates the features of BS8621 and BS3621. Because of the key locking ability’s it can not be used on multi occupancies.
PAS 24 2007+A1 2009 titled “Enhanced security performance requirements for door assemblies”
This standard is intended to give a minimum standard covering door security on newly built homes.
Alongside British standards for locks there are also standards and quality control for cylinders (the mechanisms used to operate certain locks. The three standards to look for are:
Sold Secure SS312 Diamond Approved Standard
British standard (kite marked) TS007 3 star cylinder
1 star Kite marked Cylinder in conjunction with 2 star Kite marked door furniture, this standard allows you to have a one star cylinder in conjunction with any two star door furniture, for example handles, estuations.
Their are many variations and clauses within the security standards listed as well as standards covering other security needs . For more information please contact us at Abbeygate for details