For years the British Standard "BS3621" has been the focal point for high-security locks on front doors. But what is the solution for this British Standard on Multipoint Locks?
With the influx of multipoint locks now being installed in many homes across the UK and the rest of the world, predominantly in uPVC and Composite doors - but even in some timber doors now too - a lot of home owners have been left puzzled by insurance requirements for a BS3621 on a uPVC front door, or any other door for that matter which utilises a multi-point locking solution.
The most common question we hear surrounding this issue is "My insurance company requires me to fit a BS3621 lock for my uPVC door - can you help?"
The truth is, BS3621 is a British Standard that does not apply to multipoint locks. Insurance requirements for a BS3621 lock for anyone with a multipoint lock on their door has caused a lot of confusion over time and there hasn't really been any equivalent standard for multipoint locks; however, there's a new standard that has been in development for a number of years now, but is only now being properly launched into the market. So yes, we can help!
"PAS3621" is the multipoint lock equivalent to BS3621
This new standard - "PAS3621" is the multipoint lock equivalent to BS3621. Like BS3621, locks which achieve the PAS3621 standard are classified as 'Thief resistant locks'. It is universally accepted that under normal circumstances these locks would be considered 'Insurance-Approved' (but as with any written cover contract, it's always best to double-check!).
The tests undertaken to achieve these standards include a wide range of common brute-force attacks, as well as confirming sustained operation under side-load pressure, ensuring the lock case and its locking bolts are tough enough to withstand force considered to be that of typical forced-entry methods. To achieve the BS3621 standard - or in this case, the PAS3621 standard, the locks must pass all tests.
"PAS8621" is the multipoint lock equivalent to BS8621
As with the BS8621 standard, PAS8621 achieves all the same security and anti-thief merits that the BS3621 standard outlines. In addition to this, the 8621 standards includes free-egress for emergency escape. This is achieved by use of a thumbturn on the inside, rather than requiring a key to exit. The requirement of key operation is of course maintained for entry as it would be with the 3621 standards.
For more information on the BS3621 and BS8621 standards, you can check out our original article detailing what these are here: https://www.locksonline.co.uk/community/bs3621-bs8621-bs10621-what-does-this-mean-locksonline-exclusive.html
Should I upgrade to PAS3621 locks?
The short answer here is a clear yes. If you have a upvc door, composite door or any other door that utilises a multipoint lock, you should consider the upgrade. For a one-time cost, it is worth your time and money. We can all agree you can't put a price on your own safety and security; and for the sake of insurance if nothing else, it is likely that insurance companies will now be rolling out this new requirement into their cover policies, if they have not done so already!
- Written by Jack