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Thoughts and other things from a locksmith


If you were to give a thief enough time and resources (assuming they had the proper knowledge and the right tools), they could, possibly, break into virtually any building, defeat any lock or open any safe. Fortunately, the average thug does not have the luxury of unlimited time, knowledge, tools and other resources. Consequently, they’re reduced to the most direct approach: Force.

Rather then use finesse, they will break, pry, twist, hammer and otherwise force their way in. That makes it easy for you to take steps to deter them from entering your business.

Simply walk around the inside and outside of your business and look at the doors, win-dows, vents, and various openings in the wall or roof and ask yourself this question: “Could I force my way through that ____________?” If the answer is: “Yes”. Then, you need to strengthen that weak point to keep the thugs out.

Your security measures could be as simple as installing some screws or repairing a broken window latch. We can help you find the simplest, and frequently, the most economical security solutions that are truly effective.

February 11, 2009 Posted by | Home Security | , , , | Leave a comment

You Get What You Pay For

Whether you are considering lock hardware for your home or commercial establishment. it pays to know there are different grades of hardware and costs.   For residential, most homes have the bare minimum Grade 3 locks.  They do their job, but usually lack the strength to defeat a criminal breaking in.  Their cost is mimimal from five to twenty dollars for the keyed entry knob.

The Grade 2 hardware is a heavier and more costly, but can hold its own to damage from a burglar..Grade 2 entry knobs range from approximately twenty-five dollars and up.  The style and finish can also increase the price such as lifetime finish, oli rubbed bronze, etc.  Grade 2 can be a heavy duty residential or a lighter duty commercial.

Grade 3 is mostly commercial type lock hardware.  It is much heavier and more complicated and has various functions as storage, classroom, etc.  Hardware of this type would probably look very institutional in a residence application.

I don’t recommend Grade 2 to my customers just to make more money.  Rather, it’s intended to provide better security for the homeowner.  I also suggest sticking with quality products that can be serviced if necessary and are U.S. manufacturers.  My favorites are Schlage, Kwikset, Corbin, Emtek, and Medeco.  You can go to my company website and go to the Manufacturers links and view their products.   I also invite you to contact me if you have questions and will be glad to answer them.

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December 15, 2008 Posted by | Home Security | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


There’s been a lot of publicity about thieves breaking in using the “Bump” method.  Bumping can be very effective and fast.  All it takes is a key cut in a certain fashion, inserted in the keyway and bumped with a wooden block or hammer.  When you insert your key, the bottom pins all form a “shear line” so the cylinder will turn, unlocking the lock.  The top pins have tension with small springs and are all contined in the upper portion of the lock called the “bible”  Don’t ask me why, I never got the answer to that either.   What happens inside the lock is rattling the bottom pins and tops pins so they align with the shear line.  And, VOILA!  the lock is opened!

There are several locksets on the market that are manufactured to defeat picking and bumping.  Most common is the top pins called mushroom or spool pins.  Inside, they will wobble when the lock is being picked and will not allow perfect alignment for the pins to align with the shear line.

You really don’t have to go buy more locksets as mentioned, unless your locks are underachievers and need to be replaced with something stronger. (see previous blog entry)  You can call a locksmith and have the top pins replaced with the spool or mushroom type.  At the same time,  have them rekeyed since they are getting worked on anyway.  If you’re willing to put out some cash on your security, look into hardware made by Medeco for residential. If you like your hardware and can replace the lock cylinders, have your local locksmith replace the cylinders with the Primus brand that is high security and will not be bumped or picked.  The key blanks can only be supplied by the installing locksmith.  Food for thought.  Dish some back to me if you care too.

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Home Security | | Leave a comment