Steve Williams, Kenrick’s sales and marketing director, explained: “Sadly, home invasion burglary, where the homeowner is completely taken by surprise on their doorstep, is a growing problem. A burglar follows the homeowner to their front door, forces their way in behind them and steals their valuables. It’s fast and it’s frightening.”
It’s estimated that a UK household is attacked every 30 minutes by an invader, with unfortunate householders coming face-to-face with burglars in around 20% of domestic burglaries.
“It’s an alarming indication of the culture of crime that now exists in our society”, added Steve. “That’s why I am so pleased to be bring this superb product to market. I hope that it will reduce the incidences of this worrying crime and help to make homeowners feel safer in their homes.”
Built to the same exacting standards as the Excalibur door lock, the Excalibur Fast Lock operates in the same way as a standard lever/lever lock. Its main difference is when closing the door; the user simply lifts the lever as they enter through the door and it is then securely locked from both sides without having to use a key. To unlock the door, the user turns the key and pushes the handle down.
In addition to providing fast, secure locking, the new lock has an obvious advantage over other fixed pad locks and fast locks because the user cannot accidentally lock themselves out – they have to physically throw the lever to engage the hooks to lock the door. This design feature overcomes the risk of the homeowner being locked out by a small child slamming the door from the inside or by a gust of wind blowing the door shut.
The new door lock will also work with a thumb turn cylinder as an option which eliminates the need to use the key on the inside to open the door.
The Excalibur Fast Lock utilises three sintered steel hooks and two steel anti lift bolts to deliver its strength and security. Three roller cams provide =/- 1mm adjustable compression, with one roller placed directly below the gearbox to aid with compression in the centre of the door. The gearbox is sprung on both spindles, which means that there is no need for costly sprung handle sets.
For greater flexibility, the system allows fabricators to use just one lock for all applications on both front and back doors. Its twin spindle design means that both lever/lever and lever/movable pad unsprung handles can be used with only one lock to provide more choice for the end user. Designed to be quick and easy to install, the door lock is also fully extendable with 300mm extension pieces for added convenience.
The Excalibur Fast Lock is available on all variants of 35mm backset locks in a choice of lever/lever, twin spindle and split spindle. It is compatible with PVC-u, timber and composite doors. It meets the requirements of PAS 24, 2012 and Secured by Design. It has been function tested to 30,000 full cycles (open/close, lock/unlock) and also exceeds the requirements of BS EN 1670: 2007 Grade 4 (severe) rating for salt spray corrosion resistance.
The Excalibur Fast Lock is part of the Kenrick range of door locks, which includes the original Excalibur door lock, the timber door lock and the Excalibur split spindle door lock.