What Are British Standard Locks?

Locks are installed for a reason - to protect your property, your valuables and yourself. But how do you know whether a lock is up to standard? Can you trust it to do its job? Within this guide, we will be taking you through everything you need to know about British Standard Locks.

What Are British Standard Locks?

The British Standards Institution (BSI) test and assess a whole variety of locks in the UK in order to ensure that they meet security requirements. Their kitemark symbol - which looks like a love heart with an ‘S’ in it - can be found on all locks which have been approved by the institution. This helps you to ensure that your locks are of high quality and will succeed with their intended use.

Why Is It Important To Have British Standard Locks?

There are many reasons as to why it is important to have British Standards Locks installed onto your property. The main reason is for reassurance, as you can take peace of mind in knowing that the locks are doing their job and keeping your home secure.

Another important reason to have them is for insurance purposes. Many insurance providers will require you to have a certain type of British Standard Lock fitted before they can provide you with cover.

The Most Common British Standard Locks

As you can see, British Standard Locks are a pretty big deal. But with so many rules and regulations out there, what should you be focusing on? Read on to discover the most common types of British Standard Locks that you are likely to come across.

BS3621: The most common British Standard Locks found in the home are those that meet BS3621 standards. These locks are ideal for front and back doors as they have to be extremely durable and withstand any break-in attempt. When a door has a BS3621 approved lock, you can rest assured knowing it’s thief-resistant.

BS8621: Locks that are BS8621 compliant are likely to be found in flats or communal buildings. These types of locks have to allow quick exits in the case of a fire or another emergency. BS8621 locks typically require a key from the outside but a simple thumbturn from the inside.

BS10621: BS10621 locks are often required on small buildings like shops and offices. These locks can be locked via the exterior, making them an ideal solution for the last person to leave and lock up. Intruders will not be able to exit the building via the door if the locks are BS10621 approved.

How To Find Out If Your Locks Meet BSI Standards

It’s very easy to find out whether your locks meet the right standards. Simply examine the lock and look out for the famous British Standard Kitemark logo. This is usually engraved and situated on the faceplate. The standard number will be found underneath the kitemark.

If you are in the process of buying a new lock, you can take comfort in knowing that all locks at Fast Keys comply with the British Standards. Browse our selection to find exactly what you’re looking for!


How To Protect Your Car and Car Keys

Cars are an investment, and just like any other expensive possession, they should be protected at all costs. Just one careless action could result in a damaged or stolen vehicle - and nobody wants that! This blog will take you through all of the top tips for protecting your car and car keys.

How To Protect Your Car And Keys

Although simple, the next four tips could save you from an expensive disaster. Keep these four steps in mind at all times to ensure both your car and car keys remain safe and damage-free.

1. Always Keep A Spare Key Somewhere Safe

The majority of cars come with a spare car key. This is handy for when more than one person owns the car, but it’s also handy to keep safe in the unfortunate event that you lose or break your main key. Store a spare key somewhere safe so that you can gain quick access to your car in an emergency.

If you don’t have a spare car key, you can purchase replacement car keys right here at Fast Keys at an affordable price. We stock all of the leading brands and can get your key sent out to you in as little as a working day.

2. Invest In More Vehicle Security

Although a slightly more expensive method, investing in extra vehicle security will be sure to deter thieves away. The most common form of vehicle security is a wheel lock, which clamps on to your steering wheel to prevent any movement. It is impossible to drive a car properly with a wheel lock on, meaning it can’t be driven by a thief.

It’s also wise to install a tracking system if your car doesn’t have one already. This will help you to track and trace your vehicle if it was to go missing.

3. Never Be Forceful With Your Key

Although durable, keys tend to break due to being used too forcefully. Just one wrong move and you could end up with a snapped key and/or broken lock!

To prevent any damage from happening to your key or car, always unlock and lock gently without any aggressive force. One small action could result in a very expensive fix. The same rules apply with remote keys - be gentle with the buttons and they’ll last a lifetime.

4. Park In Safe And Secure Places

Thieves will be more attracted to your car if it is parked out of the public eye and in a place with no security. This is why it is so important to always keep your car parked in a secure place (preferably a well-lit street or official car park with security cameras). If this is not possible, then it’s all the more important to follow the above three tips closely.

When parking your car at home, always try to keep it in line with security cameras. Modern-day security cameras can be installed onto the exterior of your home, giving you a notification whenever there is any suspicious activity.

Looking to ramp up your security? Browse our huge range of keys, locks and accessories today!


Key Locks or Electronic Locks: Which Is Better For My Safe?

Many people use safes for both domestic and commercial purposes; whether it be keeping important documents safe or storing valuable items like jewellery. From combination wall safes to fire safes, the type you choose will entirely depend on where it is going and what you are putting inside.

With this in mind, there’s always one question which remains the same: should I go for a key lock or electronic lock on my safe? Which is best?

Both types of locks have their advantages, and in this guide, we will talk you through both to help you make an informed decision.

What’s More Secure: Key or Electronic Locks?

If a safe wasn’t secure, it wouldn’t be called a safe. What we’re trying to say here is that both key and electronic locks are as secure as each other. It’s the way in which they’re used that determines how effective they will be. For example, you’ll need to keep the key to your safe in a discreet location so that it doesn’t get lost or stolen. And, in terms of electronic locks, you’ll have to remember the code.

Let’s take a look at both locks more closely...

Key Locks

Key locks are considered to be the traditional locking option when it comes to safes. You simply need to insert the key and twist to unlock the safe.

Advantages: Key locks are seen as more robust and reliable. They won’t have any technical malfunctions, meaning as long as you have the right key, you’ll have access to your safe for years to come. In terms of lifespan, key locks nearly always last longer than electronic locks.

Disadvantages: As mentioned earlier, losing your key is a very real threat. As soon as you lose the key to your safe, you have no way to access it. This becomes even more of a threat if your key ends up in the possession of someone untrustworthy.

If a lock is poorly made, then things may go south one day if you use the key with a bit too much strength. As soon as a key is stuck in a lock, you’ll be looking at an expensive repair bill to replace both lock and key.

Electronic Locks

Electronic locks are the modern alternative to traditional key locks. They tend to be found in commercial spaces or hotels, when more than one person needs access. You simply enter the right code on the keypad to unlock.

Advantages: The great thing about electronic locks is that they don’t need a key, meaning there’s no risk of someone having an easy break-in. You can also easily change the code on them, meaning it’s not the end of the world if someone untrustworthy finds out the original combination.

Disadvantages: Technology isn’t always reliable. Whether the safe gets water damage or the batteries die, there’s no reassuring that your electronic safe will always be in action. Electronic safes are also slightly pricier, which is why most households tend to opt for key safes.


As you can see, both key locks and electronic locks have their own advantages and downfalls. But rest assured, whatever choice you make will be the right one for you! Browse our range of safes to day to get a product you can trust (at an affordable price!).


Is Your Home Secure? Find Out With One Quick Look

Houses are huge investments which should be protected at all costs. It’s no surprise that many homeowners spend thousands of money on home security - but is it effective? Do expensive home security systems count for anything when other telltale signs might attract intruders instead?

We’ve put together this super simple checklist to help you establish whether your home is secure as can be.

Signs Of Poor Home Security

Take a look at the exterior of your home and put yourself into an intruder’s shoes. Can you spot any of the following?

1. Open Windows

If the house is occupied then open windows aren’t a problem - but are you ensuring that all windows are locked when leaving the house? Open and unlocked windows are an obvious, and easy to identify, entry points for intruders.

2. Overgrown Bushes

Do you have some overgrown bushes or trees surrounding your home? If so, burglars may see this as a sign that no one has been home in a while. If it is obvious that someone is living in the residence, burglars may simply use these overgrown bushes as cover instead.

Don’t give intruders a place to hide! Keep your homes front and back garden well maintained.

3. Unlocked or Broken Fence

Many intruders access homes from the back - the last thing they want is to get spotted by a neighbour. With this in mind, you should be doing all you can to make access into the back of your property as tricky as possible. Keep gates locked at all times and ensure that they are made from durable materials that have no damage.

4. Accessible Shed or Garage

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that garden tools are usually kept inside a shed or garage. If an intruder gets access to these tools, then they’ll have instruments to break into your property. To prevent this from happening, ensure that your shed has a solid locking system in place and that your garage has durable garage door locks. Intruders are far less likely to attempt a break-in when their lives are made difficult.

Signs Of Good Home Security

Now that you have an idea of what poor security looks like, it’s time to take a quick look at what good security looks like. Use the following list, along with the above recommendations, to ensure your home is as secure as possible:

· All windows and doors have been fitted with the right locks

· A security alarm system has been installed

· Valuable items or tools are not in plain sight

· There are no objects which make accessing your property easy (eg: could an intruder climb on your bins or shed to access an unlocked window?)

Keep your home security up to date with Fast Keys - the UK’s leading security specialists. Browse our range of keys and locks today to find exactly what you need.


Covid 19 Update 18/05/2020

We are now open every day, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Though we are operating with reduced staff levels in order to keep our workforce safe, the large majority of orders received before 3pm are being processed with same day dispatch. Please email any enquiries to sales@fastkeys.co.uk.
Our trade counter is open for key cutting services, security products and vehicle keys. We are following government guidelines and taking all necessary precautions to keep our customers and staff safe. Please email tradecounter@fastkeys.co.uk or call 01268 562592.


Covid-19 Update 28/04/2020

Covid-19. Though we are operating with reduced staff levels in order to keep our workforce safe. We want to reassure our customers that orders are still being processed via our website within 24 hours. Please email any enquiries to sales@fastkeys.co.uk.

Trade Counter Update

As of April 29th 2020 our trade counter will re-open with a reduced number of staff on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 5pm. In line with Government guidelines we will only be allowing 1 customer admittance into the counter at a time, and customers will have to stay in the designated area whilst served from an acceptable distance and hand sanitiser will be made available to all customers. Domestic key cutting services, domestic security products and Car Key repair services are all available from our Trade counter. For reasons of social distancing, we are currently unable to program new car key remotes.


Covid-19 UPDATE - 14/04/2020

Covid-19. Though we are operating with reduced staff levels in order to keep our workforce safe. We want to reassure our customers that orders are still being processed via our website within 24 hours. Please email any enquiries to sales@fastkeys.co.uk.


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