We were asked to do a routine lock security assessment at a residence at Tea Tree Gully recently . The assessment resulted in a number of issues that rendered the residence vulnerable to attack by potential intruders.
We found that several patio doors at the rear of the premises where the locks had been installed incorrectly allowing the doors to be lifted out of the tracks from the outside even though the doors were locked. No other secondary lock existed on these doors nor were there security screen doors. The primary lock strikers did not allow the locking latches to fully rotate to the locking position, thus springing back to the unlocked position when the doors were manipulated.
The front door security consisted of an entrance set and a deadbolt. On inspection of these locks we found that the deadbolt was of inferior quality, and had also been installed incorrectly in that that deadbolt striker hole was too shallow and prevented the deadlock bolt travelling fully home and engage into the locked position, enabling the offender to manipulate the deadbolt and open same.
The entrance set did operate and did provide minimal protection, as did the windows which had been fitted with secondary window locks, although some window locks had become out of alignment and needed adjustment.
After consultation with the owner, ABC Locksmiths Tea Tree Gully, fitted Lockwood 680 patio bolts to the sliding glass doors and repaired the existing primary glass door locks. We further replaced the existing front door deadbolt and fitted a Lockwood Paradigm 005 deadbolt.
As the owner had only recently moved into the house, we advised him that he, the owner would naturally be unable to account for all existing keys, nor the credibility of any previous key holders, and that as an added layer of security he should have his locked rekeyed to which the owner agreed .
Sliding glass doors are secured by latches not locks. They are vulnerable to being forced open from the outside because of these inherently defective latch mechanisms. This can be easily be prevented by inserting a wooden dowel or stick into the track thus preventing or limiting movement.
Patio bolts are a must as a secondary backup lock for sliding doors. Correctly positioned they prevent movement of the sliding glass door. On the down side sliding glass doors cannot be unlocked using the primary lock from the outside whilst the patio bolt is engaged from the inside, as patio bolts are usually fitted to the inside of the sliding glass door frame.
Older sliding glass doors can be lifted up and off their track and thereby defeat the latch mechanism. To prevent lifting, you need to keep the door rollers in good condition and properly adjusted. You can also install anti-lift devices such as a pin that extends through both the sliding and fixed portion of the door.
There are also numerous locking and blocking devices available in any good quality hardware store that will prevent a sliding door from being lifted or forced horizontally. Place highly visible decals on the glass door near the latch mechanism that indicates that an alarm system, a dog, or block watch/operation identification is in place. Burglars dislike alarm systems and definitely big barking dogs.
Received a call the other day to attend a property at Parafield Gardens and fit a double deadlock. A price was agreed upon between myself and a female purporting to be the owner of the property. The customer supplied me with the address and that she would see me there at 9am the next day.
I attended the address and was greeted by a female in the front yard of the premises who informed me that she required the new deadlock to be installed on the front door, pointing to the front door which was shut.
When asked the customer again reiterated that she was the owner, however when I requested identification she stated that everything was in the house and that the door slammed and she had accidentally locked herself out prior to my arrival. I asked which door did she lock herself out, she replied the back door.
I saw that the only lock existing on the back door was a double deadbolt which could only be physically locked and unlocked. I decided to move on.
Later that day I had occasion to travel along that street and noticed that the front yard which had earlier been clear.
A question on a lot of handy persons minds is will I do it myself and save money or should I hire a qualified tradesman to do the job. Hardware stores displaying a large array of locks and lock furniture are visited by people who are either undecided or serious about buying installing their own their own locks. Advertising on lock boxes often try to affirm how superior the lock is over other locks how easy the lock is to install D.I.Y.
Combined with all the advantages and positive attributes of the lock put forth to the potential customer by sales staff, the person is soon convinced and makes the necessary purchases of locks and sometimes necessary tools for installation.
Having operated as ABC Locksmiths Adelaide, over the course of years I have had many call outs from customers and home maintenance contractors resulting from lock and lock hardware D.I.Y. installations and or attempted repairs gone wrong.
These jobs involved attempted installations of locks resulting in ill-fitting or broken locks, doors jammed shut, locks installed upside down latches and locks the wrong way around, holes incorrectly placed, lock parts and springs incorrectly assembled or missing altogether.
Instead of a cheap alternative to hiring a professional locksmith the D.I.Y. has become a very expensive exercise for the customer, as well as possibly negating any guarantee originally offered by the lock supplier.
We are one of Adelaide Locksmiths most trusted and experienced locksmiths with proven methods and techniques when it comes to professional installation and repair of all types of locks and door hardware.
Burglaries and unauthorised entries usually occur where the premises is unoccupied, for example the owners are away at work, holidays or engaged in other commitments away from their property. Offenders usually appraise a property for a period of time studying the movements of owners. Some people, being creatures of habit, adopt a routine in in terms of leaving and returning at the same time/day, allowing the offender/s to predict the most opportune time to strike.
Offenders will use force to enter a premises, however however, naturally the offender would prefer the easiest, quickest, quietest method of entry, for example an open door or window. The offender will also take into account the choice of an unoccupied premises with the easiest access, the greatest amount of cover and the quickest means of escaping detection after the commission of the offence.
The offenders tools of choice in assisting entry usually involve screwdrivers, pinch bars and hammers that can be easily carried and concealed about the person.
Make your premises unattractive to the offender by making your premises difficult for the offender to gain entry, forcing the offender to retreat due to lack of effort, skill or possession of high end house breaking tools needed to gain entry, thereby encouraging the to by-pass your property in favour of an easier and safer target.
Offenders are usually aware of the fact that a garage door providing cover is normally the weakest point of entry, or possibly the back door, also providing cover thus avoiding detection. Incorporate a restricted key system and use high quality commercial grade 2 locks with dead latch mechanisms on exterior doors, able to resist force turning, cylinder picking and bumping. (e.g. mushroom pins), complimented by a quality deadlock with 304 grade stainless steel rose, turn knob and trim.
The standard lock striker is secured only by the softwood doorjamb mouldings (metal door frames being an exception) attached to the frame of the door with small nails. Such mouldings can be dislodged together with the door strike by forcing the door inwards and gaining entry. Upgrade to a four screw heavy duty plate and install this heavy-duty strike plate using 75 mm wood screws to cut deep into the door frame stud. Use these longer screws in the knob lock strike plate as well and use at least one long screw in each door hinge.
The purchase of a quality safe will alleviate the purchaser from stress and anxiety and afford peace of mind in respect to the protection of personal assets like documents, cash, gold and silver or any other valued or security item including registered firearms.
Further advantages of a safe, depending on safe specifications, can include control of the environment and preservation of safe contents from ultra-violet light and humidity damage, Protect valuables from fire, (depending on fire rating) add front end protection to a home alarm system and allow you 24 hour access to the contents in your premises.
There are a variety of safes on the market made specifically tailored for varied customer requirements, which include general purpose safes, gun safes, burglary and fire safes, floor safes, wall safes and electronic safes of all different dimensions and configurations.
When purchasing a quality safe keep in mind that according to consumer reports fire is the most common cause of asset loss, followed by burglary and then water damage. Some safes offer protection in respect to fire but are not practicable in respect to burglars. Other safes offer burglar protection but do little in the event of a fire out break.
Composite safes, or safes that offer some degree of protection against multiple types of invasion, are available. However, the levels to which the provide protection may vary greatly. Weigh each protection standard before making your decision. To prevent a thief removing your safe and breaking into it later, always anchor your safe to the floor.
We at ABC Locksmiths Adelaide are able to advise you on the best type of safe to suit your needs whether you require a safe for you home or a safe for your business we can supply and install quality locally manufactured major brands of safes