Mortice Lock - Wooden Door


In most cases wooden doors come fitted with a mortice lock that use a key and a bolt to operate, the size and brand of the lock will depend on what door you have and where you purchased it as it is often the manufacturers choice. Unfortunately, not all doors come fitted with locks that meet the British Standard BS3621, especially if your door is quite old. In order to check if your locks meet BS3621 then you need to have a look for the kite mark on the face plate of the lock. If you find the kite mark BS3621 then it is likely that your locks are quite secure and will also be approved by your insurer. However, if your locks don’t meet BS3621 then not only could your property be vulnerable to a break in, but you may also find that your insurance policy is invalid, so it would be advised to call a local locksmith as soon as possible to upgrade your door locks.

Why change a mortice lock?

There are many reasons why you might want to upgrade your mortice locks, here are a few below:

  • Recently moved to a new house and want peace of mind only you and people you trust have a copy of the key
  • Your locks don’t meet the current BS3621
  • Your lock is faulty either due to general wear and tear or an attempted break in, in either case a locksmith will be able to have a look and advise you whether the lock can be repaired or if it needs replacing will do it in the same visit.

Rim Cylinders

Rim cylinders or Yale locks are used alongside mortice locks in most cases. These locks will automatically lock behind you when the door shuts, they work really well for security but can be frustrating if you have left your keys inside! In this situation its good to have the number of a trustworthy locksmith on hand.

If your door only has a rim cylinder then it would be a good idea to get a BS3621 mortice lock fitted alongside it, this will help to improve the overall security of your door.

The reasons for upgrading your rim cylinder lock are much the same as those of a mortice lock, you have moved home, it doesn’t meet BS3621 or general wear and tear.

Extra Security

If you are looking for ways to improve the overall security of your wooden door there are a few options:

  • Have another BS3621 deadlock installed
  • If you don’t already have one, then you can get a Yale lock installed to work alongside your mortice lock
  • Bolts and chains can be used while you are in the property. These will only allow the door to be opened to a certain point making it harder for an intruder to force entry.

If you need the locks on your wooden door, replaced, repaired or upgraded then contact Advanced Locksmiths Bristol Today – 0117 239 0033