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Common External Door Locks

Locks have been used to protect homes and valuables for many centuries. They are one of the most common forms of protection against would-be burglars and can end up saving you thousands of dollars in damage and stolen goods.

There are quite a few different types of locks on the market today, each has its place in a specific application.

Below we’ve listed 3 common types of door locks that you’ll see in homes all across Australia.


One of the most common locks are deadbolts. A deadbolt is a locking mechanism distinct from a spring latching lock because a deadbolt cannot be moved to the open position except by rotating the key. Deadbolts provide a high level of security for homeowners and come in many styles, each which can withstand different levels of force.


It’s likely that if your doors don’t have a deadbolt, they’ll most likely have a mortice lock. Mortice locks need to be locked and unlocked with a key, just the same as a deadbolt lock. One distinct difference is that a mortice lock needs a pocket cut in through the side of the door to install it, a deadbolt needs a cylindrical hole to be made for installation.

Smart Locks

As technology continues to radically shake up even the oldest industries, the last few years have seen the rise of smart locks being installed in homes and businesses across Australia. Almost everyone these days has a smart phone, and by integrating these with smart locks, makes security a breeze.

A physical key has been replaced with a keypad or Bluetooth access. Codes can be created and provided to others, which will allow you to monitor who arrives and leaves.

Want to update the security of your home? Call Temple Locksmiths and Security today.

Temple Locksmith & Security has been providing emergency, residential, commercial, industrial and automotive locksmith services to Melbourne businesses and homes since 2016. The range of locksmith solutions includes master key systems, rekeying locks, repairing locks, lock fitting, deadlock installation, electronic locks and broken key extraction. We pride ourselves on old fashioned service that you expect, backed up with the latest in technical products and knowledge.

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Mischa Temple

Our founder Mischa Temple, who many years ago completed his 4-year apprenticeship in Locksmithing and Engineering, became a fully qualified locksmith and now, with expert experience, up-to-date training, and industry association membership, has lead Temple Locksmith’s team since 2016 with a hands-on approach offering tailored and personal solutions to our many and varied customers.
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