The government has released strict safety guidelines for the use of locks in order to protect the public from potential risks. All lockable devices should be secured with a minimum of three locking components that should include a core, a cylinder and additional blocking components such as deadbolts and padlocks. In addition, a combination lock should be used where practical to protect against unauthorized access. The government also recommends that all locks be regularly serviced and maintained to prevent any weaknesses resulting from wear and tear. Finally, if locks are not in use, they should be removed from the premises and stored in a secure location.