Deadbolt = Deadbolts have no spring activation and are thicker and heavier than spring latches. The locking bolt is typically made of steel or brass, is not rounded or angled at the end and extends about 25mm into the door frame. It can be either locked with a key from the inside or with a turning mechanism. 

Disc Lock = a type of lock that's shaped like a circular disc. It features a shorter, rounded shackle at the top that's integrated into its circular body

Knob Locks = a door lock with a spring bolt operated by a knob and a dead bolt operated by a key.

Electronic, smart or keyless locking = an electronic lock that doesn’t use a traditional key. You gain access via a keypad located at or near the door, which requires entering a numeric code; a fingerprint scan; or remotely via a smartphone or electronic control (you can also monitor who comes and goes). 

Monitored alarm system = a monitored system alarm will alert a call centre if the alarm gets triggered and this call centre will contact the police. 

Motion sensor = a device that detects movement in an area is where it shouldn’t be (eg, an intruder) and sends an alert to your control panel, which alerts your monitoring centre. 

Padlock = a detachable lock hanging by a pivoted hook on the object fastened.

Quality keyed lock = a lock that is sturdy, well-made and will stand the test of time and force. A good quality lock will usually be operated with a key from both sides. Look for locks that meet the Australian lock standard. 

Smart Locks = an electromechanical lock that is designed to perform locking and unlocking operations on a door when it receives a prompt via an electronic keypad, biometric sensor, access card, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi from a registered mobile device.

Three-point lock = three-point (or triple) lock has one central lock, plus an internal rod that connects to two additional locks, one above the main lock and one below it. It is significantly more secure than a single lock as it locks at three points on the door jamb. 

Unmonitored alarm system = this system sets off a loud siren inside and outside the house when the alarm is tripped. This system relies on your neighbours nearby to call the police if you are not home. 

Window and door sensors = door and window sensors will sound an alarm (emit a siren, trigger your home security system or send you an alert on your phone) when someone picks a lock or climbs through an open window or door. 

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