Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bump Proof Locks

What kind of lock is on our door? A bump proof lock! The same kind should be protecting your loved ones and possessions.

Watch these videos to learn about bump proof locks: Click Here and Here

Tom DeVito says: It's Bump Proof- Really!

The media and general public are having a field day with the whole Bump Key issue. If you haven't done it yet, make and internet search on "bump key" and see what shows up. There are claims of lock bumping by children as young as six and seven. Locks from the US and all over the world are vulnerable. I even saw a video that showed how to do it with a banana. Yeah, the fruit.
Likewise the lock industry itself has become bizarre in its claims. It seems every lock from KW1 and up is Bump Proof. I get calls all the time from locksmiths who remain confused by all the claims. What locks are really bump proof? Here's what I tell them. There are only three technologies that I know of that are absolutely Bump Proof- electronic or pushbutton locks that don't have mechanical override cylinders, locks that use rotating discs (like Abloy), and locks with programmable side bars (like BiLock). These locks will stand up to anyone trying to bump them regardless how much experience or knowledge the thief has. Every other lock technology can be bumped.
The next question is usually "Well what about_____? They are rated high security and have a side bar?" Unfortunately the side bar is usually the same for all keys in a master system. Most times locksmiths use the same sidebar for all of their installations too. So if you have any of the keys in a master system or if you read the dealer's decal next to the door, you pretty much have the side bar issue solved. "But we have angle cuts." I ask them back how many keys in the system have the same angles. After that you'ree left with pins that can be bumped. These may be bump resistant from six year olds and people who use frozen bananas to open their doors. But there are professional thieves and experienced locksmiths who know better. Does the person down the hall or next door have the same key as your customer? Bumping a high security lock may be one of the easiest ways to get in.
"But what about modifying the existing cylinder?" There are tricks that can be played in some cylinders by adding ball bearings, different tension springs, special pins etc. to add bump resistance. Unless your time is free, you are probably better off selling a production solution. Some manufacturers may soon add special pins to their locks to improve protection. In some cases it may make the lock more bump resistant, but probably not Bump Proof.
Today, most of the locks installed in America are not Bump Proof. That includes everything from government housing to single family homes. How many government and commercial buildings still only have a six or seven pin cylinder as their lock system? The bump key issue is a locksmith's opportunity to survey the facility and recommend a package of solutions. However, if they demand Bump Proof you should sell them a high security lock based upon a technology like electronics, Abloy or Bilock.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pistol Safes

Besides being amazing locksmiths who value the safety of your family and possessions, we also sell a variety of safety items in our store. One such product is the pistol safe. Keeping your gun in a safe and secure location can protect your loved ones and curious youngsters from accidental harm and ensure that you are the only one touching your weapon.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Keypad locks

Did you know that we carry 5 different types of keypad locks? You can view a sample of our inventory at our Online Store.

A keypad lock is highly beneficial as it increases the levels of security compared to a standard, traditional lock. With a code needing to be entered into the keypad before access is allowed, you can have control over who comes and goes from your property. The ability to set the system to have a code of your choice and then pass on at your own will is a distinct advantage.

Besides, there's no key to carry or to lose!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tips for home safety

Your safety is important to us. As locksmiths, it is doubly so. And at holiday time, there tends to be more burglaries as your items are often on display and the weakest parts in your home are always windows and doors. We would like to share with you, some important tips for home safety this holiday season.

1. Remember to lock up
It may sound obvious (and it is), but it’s worth mentioning – lock your doors and windows every time you leave or return the house. In most burglary cases, the offenders broke into properties through the doors or windows by forcing the lock or knocking in. Reminders pinned next to all entrances will work well. Don’t forget to hide all keys out of sight. You’d be amazed how many burglars can fish keys left on show out of home.

2. Door security is key
A front door can provide for a warm welcome to our homes, but some doors are more susceptible to attack from unscrupulous thieves. Many doors look safe and secure as they are often made from PVCu or composite, but with a little know-how, accessing them can be easy peasy to thieves. They use a process called lock bumping. The key to protecting your doors is to ensure they are fitted with anti-bump, anti drill and anti-snap door locks.

3. Visibility
A visible burglar alarm with flashing light is always a huge deterrence. So is the Neighbourhood watch sign. Security floodlights with motion sensor will enhance the visibility outside, making you an unlikely target.

4. Hide
We know Christmas is the best time of the year to treat your family and yourself with some sought-after gifts. But remember how heart breaking it is to lose those gifts. So remember always keep all gifts out of the sight, and make sure packaging is disposed of right away. It’s no use hiding your new laptop if you leave the box outside!

5. Stay alert
Bogus callers also known as distraction burglars will try their best to distract your attention in order to get into your home. If anyone unfamiliar or unexpected turns up at your door, you should always check identification before letting anyone in. Remember though, all charity collectors, utility readers should always have identification with them at all time, and don’t feel being offensive not letting them in if they weren’t able to produce legitimate identifications. Equally don’t leave them standing at the door whilst you go searching in the house for something.

6. Enjoy
Well, this isn't a tip for avoiding burglary, but we shouldn’t let burglars spoil our festive season. These simple tips will help ensure you have a risk free Christmas. We would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable 2011 Christmas!

Adapted from PR Web UK