Doors are notoriously weak at stopping entry, and money can be misspent on wrong locks that leave doors quite vulnerable.
While closed and locked doors might deter entry for typical people, breaking in with basic tools often takes mere seconds. In the video below, busting a normal locked door secured by a single lock takes less than a half-minute:
However, most doors can be better hardened against these attacks, by installing multipoint locks or latching points. For every latch that is added, burglar and thieves need more time to overcome it, slowing crime so that authorities have more time to react. When multipoint latches are used, simple exploits are made difficult.
In this note, we examine multipoint latching, and how it typically is deployed to still be code compliant, yet increase the toughness of doors:
- Door Latches Explained
- Why More Latches Are Better
- What Illegal Latching Looks Like
- The Code Citations Behind Multipoint Latches
- Commercial Multipoint Latch Locks including Detex, Schlage and Securitech
- Passive Hinge Pins Add Multipoint Also
- Configuring Electronic Access To Work With Multipoint Latching
Finally, the 7 question quiz at the end will test your knowledge of multipoint latching.