The rise of the modern mortice lock has been borne out of the recent rise of the lock snapping problem on Europrofile cylinders. With so many doors at risk, there was great debate about how to combat a problem which affected almost all doors under 30 years old across the UK. Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest, and oldest. So mortice locks have started to make a comeback.

For those that do not know, UAP, along with their many of thousands of stocked products, also do mortice locks, both in stainless steel and brass with 2.5″ and 3″ cases. Both dead and sash locks are available and both BSI Kitemark British Standard BS3621, SBD approved and meet all the relevant requirements for insurance companies on domestic properties. So I think that’s as many boxes ticked as possible!

UAP’s mortice locks are 6 levers. This means that it is almost impossible for this type of mortice lock to be picked. To prove the worth of the 6 lever mortice lock, UAP have in the past offered £1000 in cash to anyone that can pick it in under 5 minutes. According to UAP, not a single person has come even close!

3.0 inch Dead Lock P Brass

To aid their anti-picking they have extended the warding on the Mortice Curtain to increase the difficulty for anyone trying to pick the lock. This warding is unique and developed by UAP’s association with Chris Belcher and Martin Pink, two of the countries leading locksmiths.

UAP’s mortice lock key is unique too. It has a crucifix end which means it is not easy to copy and will make impressioning the lock more difficult. UAP have then shaped the key to make it look really high quality and impressive. The key is a restricted keyway, in that UAP have the key design registration and so nobody can legally copy it. So UAP control the key and who gets key blanks.

For the Sash Lock, this comes with a reversible bolt. Normally you need to remove the sash bolt and turn it round to change the door closing from left to right. But on UAP’s just turn it and refit the face plate – maybe 5 seconds.

UAP always try to take fitting a product into consideration during the design process, in order to limit the amount that has to be cut out of the door they have designed their mortice locks with a very slim lock case.

The mortice locks will form part of the MAX6MUM SECURITY Range of products recently launched by UAP and will also be available in as part of the retail range in the high impact yellow and black blister packaging for those of you with trade counters.

Spare Lever packs are available from UAP, these are ideal for jobs on hotels, apartments or new build developments where numerous people will have the key to a lock, with the Spare Lever Pack they can simply replace the levers so that the lock is secure.

UAP also supply Mortice Repair Kits have every lever, every spring, every replaceable part for easy servicing or upgrading of locks.

Mortice locks have become popular because there simply is no cylinder for a burglar to attack. For three decades thieves have been used being able to go to a door, get to the cylinder with ease and snap their way inside in no time. A mortice lock certainly will confuse the common burglar who probably has no locking picking skills. They make a great addition to composites and wooden doors both from a security aspect but also as another timber-like feature to add to the overall image of replica timber.

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