There is a straightforward approach to understanding how traditional locks work. Three to four main parts make up a traditional locking system, which makes for a secure lock.
These parts all have separate mechanisms that tie together to make the system function properly, as we will discuss. So, how do traditional locking mechanisms work? This is a straightforward explanation of what drives these locking systems to perform as well as they do.
This is simply the housing for the locking system, often referred to as the lock body. Without this part of the device, the locking mechanism would be exposed, making it easy to break or break into.
That’s why you will notice that most locks are either padded in metal plating or one solid piece that’s much larger than the lock itself. In essence, this is the housing where the key is inserted to unlock the locking system.
The Bolt or Latch
To understand the bolt, you must first understand the locking mechanism that we covered above. The bolt is opened and closed by the lock. The lock depends on the bolt action to lock the mechanism in place so that it cannot be opened when the bolt is in place.
It can also be called a latch, and there are two different types of latches: spring-loaded and deadbolt. The springs are lifted as the key or lockpicking mechanism is inserted into the cylinder to adjust each spring to the proper height to unlock the mechanism.
The Box or Strike Plate
For doors or other items that are bolted into other fixtures, the box or strike plate is a means to hold the lock in place. This keeps the lock fastened to whatever it is keeping secure. The strike plate is an additional security measure to help keep the lock fastened and promote extra security for the locking system.
This system is fairly straightforward. Having the cylinder provides housing for the locking mechanism. Then you have your latch or bolt, which locks everything together. A standard lock pick system is designed to direct that system to move the bolt and serves as additional security if you can’t get into your lock.
And finally, by having a box or strike plate, you are given the opportunity to secure or fasten your lock more securely. So, when asked, “How do traditional locking mechanisms work?” you can easily explain that it’s a piece of cake and then go into further detail.