Locks come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from simple deadlocks to smart electronic locks to home safes. Choosing the right method of security for valuable items usually depends on what you are protecting, who you would like to grant access, and of course, your budget.
When it comes to securing exterior doors, a deadlock in combination with a deadlatch or deadbolt is perhaps the best type of lock for the job. An effective deadlock will have a key cylinder on both the inside and the outside and can either be surface or mortice-mounted. A mortice-mounted deadlock involves a cavity being cut into the door edge to house the deadlock, while a surface-mounted lock is easier to install as it can be mounted directly onto the door. You can then choose between a deadlatch and a deadbolt. A deadlatch is a spring-loaded self-latching bolt that locks the door automatically while a deadbolt does not contain a spring, and it therefore requires a key to lock.
Smart locks, also called electronic locks, are gaining popularity as the latest way to protect your home and its valuable contents. Smart locks have many advantages for the technological-minded homeowner. For one, they do not require keys and can, therefore, save you the hassle of rummaging around in your bag. They can also be synced with your smartphone or tablet and can then be operated remotely. In many cases, smart locks have built-in features, such as timer settings, Wi-Fi compatibility, and auxiliary battery power. Smart locks are a good idea if you have several different people accessing the premises. For example, using the timer function allows you to provide full 24-hour access to family members but limited access to a housekeeper. Some of the more sophisticated smart locks incorporate keypad access codes, swipe cards, as well as fingerprint and retinal scans.
There are many different types of safes to choose from, often depending on what you would like to secure. Key and lock operated fire resistant filing cabinets are perhaps the most effective in protecting important documents and files. For cash or other small valuable items, consider a cash deposit safe. Many designs include either a postage slot or deposit drawer through which you can put cash and other slim items without having to open the main safe door; which may be useful for retail environments where safe access is restricted to certain employees.