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 .