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Lock security – Slamlocks and Deadlocks

Lock security – Slamlocks and Deadlocks

There are two main types of locks that are commonly used on commercial vehicles; Slamlocks and Deadlocks. Both of these types of locks improve the security of your vehicle.

Many people don’t understand the functions of these locks, and thus don’t know which lock is best for them and their vehicle.

We have outlined the main features of both of these locks and how they work…


How does it work?

A slamlock is a device that automatically locks the vehicle door immediately it is shut, without requiring any operation by the driver.

Electronic systems often have either global (all doors) or area (load or cab) unlocking- this leaves the unrequired doors vulnerable until the auto relock action operates. Slamlocks do not have this vulnerability and allow the driver total control.

Slamlocks integrate with the vehicle manufacturers’ locking systems providing maximum security.

Slamlocks provide a high visual deterrent, as well as a pleasing appearance.

Many Slamlocks are  also designed with easy escape from locked load areas; via the manufacturers own internal exit mechanism in mind. This means the Slamlock complies with “Health & Safety at work” and “Corporate Manslaughter” legislation.

What’s the cost?

We sell a variety of Slamlocks- some Thatcham/insurance approved. Prices start from only £84 (inc VAT). Find out more.

Recommended for…?

Slamlocks are primarily designed for applications such as; multi drop delivery, high value loads and applications where the owner/operator requires control over the security of their goods.


How does it work?

 A Deadlock is a mechanical device fitted to a vehicle door. It operates by throwing a bolt into a receiver fitted to the opposing body section when operated by an external key.

Deadlocks are designed and installed to deter thieves, whilst still being aesthetically pleasing.

What’s the cost?

As with the Slamlock, there are Thatcham/insurance approved Deadlocks. Prices for Deadlocks start at £90 (inc VAT) – view more.

Recommended for…?

As Deadlocks are under the control of the driver, they are generally only appropriate for owner drivers or applications where the driver can be relied upon to operate the lock.

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