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The Top 7 Uses of Cam Locks

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

The Top 7 Uses of Cam Locks

The team at Lock Shop Direct understand the considerable potential of these valuable pieces of security hardware, which is why we always keep a wide range in stock. Could your property benefit from the addition of a few? Read on to find out exactly what a cam lock is, and the many things it can be used for.

What is a Cam Lock?

This type of lock is simple yet sturdy. It consists of a cylindrical body and a flat rotating arm that is turned using a key to create a connection between a door frame and leaf to lock it. Cam locks usually rotate between 90 and 180 degrees, and can be used to secure a wide variety of both storage containers and other access points.

Here are a few of the things cam locks can be used for:

Windows and Doors

You can get a cam lock fitted to the handle of a domestic window or garage door to secure it in place. It’s best to seek out waterproof locks for this purpose, as they’re hard wearing and will last longer in these locations.


Cabinets and cupboards containing valuable items will benefit from the addition of a cam lock. Whether you are a collector or own property of considerable sentimental or monetary value, keeping those items secure is understandably a priority, as is keeping medicines, chemicals and other dangerous substances out of reach - and that’s very easy to achieve. Simply browse the Lock Shop Direct website for the perfect cam lock. They’re incredibly easy to fit.


Your desk drawers are likely to contain sensitive information and personal details that are very important to keep under lock and key. Cam locks are particularly popular for these purposes, as they’re discreet and capable of being fitted onto small surfaces as well as larger ones.

Mail Boxes and Pigeon Holes

If your home or place of business needs to keep their company’s correspondence safe or documents passed internally between staff members from falling into the wrong hands, installing a cam lock onto the mail container or securing pigeon holes in this way will add a much needed element of security. Again, if your mailbox access is located in an unsheltered area, seeking out a waterproof lock will increase its longevity.

Cash Registers

It’s likely that if you’ve ever seen a till or cash register up close, it will have been secured by a cam lock. Vending machines and other asset management systems commonly make use of this type of security hardware too, and, as many modern cam locks are designed to be impossible to pick, it’s easy to see why.


Schools, colleges and gyms make extensive use of cam locks as they are easy to affix to containers like lockers. They’re particularly sturdy when screwed into metal, so they’re perfect for this purpose. If the locker in question is likely to be used to store coats or bags that are wet from the rain, or placed in a location that serves a gym or swimming baths, waterproofing is again an excellent idea.

Cars and Vans

Many vehicle owners use cam locks to secure trailers, fuel caps, caravan doors, roof boxes and plenty of other elements besides. There are numerous sturdy models available that perfectly fit the criteria required for this purpose and then some.

If you believe that your home or office would be more secure and easy to manage if you had a couple of cam locks fitted, making this happen couldn’t be easier. You can find Lock Shop Direct’s range right here, so have a browse and select the model you prefer. Remember, if you order by 5pm we’ll be able to get your items to you the next working day. Plus, we provide free delivery for orders over £60.

If you have any questions about the cam locks we stock, all you need to do is get in touch via 0845 830 0832 or email us on, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know. We’re open from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.

Author: Richard Nash

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