“Still, the gate is the weakest point.”
Aragorn, in The Two Towers
Fans of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Trilogy of the Ring will remember the siege of Helms Deep, when the Saruman’s orcs attacked the fortress by blasting through its wooden gate. A few chapters later, the forces of Sauron did the same during the siege of Gondor, using the great battering ram, Grond, to break down the iron gates that had stood invincible for thousands of years. Even earlier, Gandalf had a heck of a time keeping shut the door from the Chamber of Records after his companions fled; he closed it using a closing spell, but the Balrog on the other side overcame him, and he had to use a word of Command. The effect of that was to shatter the door, the wall, and the roof of the chamber and bring it all crashing down, closing off the stairway behind him. Shades of Jericho!
Most of us don’t have Gandalf’s access to spells and words of Command, and the last thing we want is to bring down our own walls to protect ourselves from intruders. We have to think in more mundane terms about the options available to us.
Standard locks, deadbolts, electric locks, time-locks, and electronically operated locks are all viable options. Each has its benefits, and many factors enter into making the appropriate choice for a particular use. For private homes, key locks with or without deadbolts along with a security alarm system are usually sufficient. Apartment buildings frequently rely on electronically operated locks that can be opened by every apartment, and backup security is often provided by a doorman or security guard.
Security decisions by business owners reflect such considerations as cost, whether the public – clients, visitors, shoppers, etc. – uses the same entrance(s) as employees, whether the facility is located in a high-crime or generally safe area, and the value of the merchandise or information kept on the premises. Employee security is also a factor, and sometimes the deciding one.
The full range of security options is available at Mr. Locks, Inc. When making your decisions about the type of locks and other access control systems to install, it’s important to review all the options, balance them against your needs and budget, and talk with an expert.
There will be very few, if any, circumstances that the experts at Mr. Locks can’t solve for you. Because fortunately, few thieves have acquired a private army of orcs, oliphants and Grond to break through your door.