electronic security

Changing remote opening doors

Changing remote opening doors

Need to change Remote?

Remote opening doors in Brisbane are common place. Most garage doors and gates open by a remote control. They are convenient as we do not have to get out of our cars to open the the gate and door.

remote lock changed on gate and garage door locksmith Brisbane

New remotes an be purchased and added into a door in most cases quite simply. Although there are some remote doors that require specific tools and that are not easy to program. Some remotes require the opening of electrical boxes and can be tricky to program.

Most doors have 2 different programming procedures which you will need to know if you are changing the code of the doors. You can either program in additional remote fobs or delete all existing remote fobs before programming. With the robberies in Brisbane it is common practice to delete the old remotes out first. The programming procedure for all doors is very different so you need the correct programming procedure for your door.

Key fobs also are very different. Even if they look the same or are of the same brand it is common that the electronic code is different. Make sure you have the right remote to match your door.

If you are deleting all the remotes from the door try to test with an old remote to make sure they have all been deleted. Some doors give little indication that the remotes have been deleted and it is hard to know if the programming procedure has worked correctly.

Always contact your local Brisbane locksmith for changing remotes on garage and gate remote opening doors.

Posted by arbus in access control, electronic security, garage door, locksmith Brisbane
Electronic Lockers

Electronic Lockers

Upgrade your key operated lockers to an electronic lock!

Lockers fitted with Code Locker Locks

After – Fitted with Code Locker Locks

lockers with standard locks

Before – Lockers with standard locks

If you are looking for an electronic lock for lockers then the Code Locker series of locks is what you have been looking for. Open the locker with an electronic code rather then a key. This is a great improvement for most environments lockers are used. There is no need to carry a key while you work out and you can keep the peace of mind that the lock cant be picked open and your valuables stolen.

The Code Locker lock can be fitted to more then just lockers. It can be fitted to a range of metal cabinets and cupboards starting at a thickness of just 1mm. It replaces any existing cam lock and has a 2 screw secure mounting. The code locker is a heavy duty lock designed for commercial applications.

Being fully electronic there is no need for keys. The Code Locker takes 2 x AAA batteries which gives at least 40,000 opening cycles before battery replacement.

For access control the Code Locker is able to be master keyed with a master code, individual codes as well as a one time user code. The master code could be known to management only and the user is given the individual code to operate the locker on a daily basis.

The Code Locker series of locks makes lost keys and worn locks on lockers a thing of the past. No more key cutting and there is no more need to carry a key. This makes everyone’s life much simpler and saves money in the long run. It also makes your patrons much happier with the service you are providing.

The Code Locker series of locks is available now. Please feel free to make an inquiry. We can supply and install the Code Locker locks to your lockers at a very reasonable price.

Posted by arbus in electronic security, letter box security, Lock Products, locks changed, locksmith Brisbane, locksmith service, news
Commercial Latching Lock

Commercial Latching Lock

Self closing commercial or shop front door lock

Most commercial doors used in shop fronts in Brisbane use a standard design. They are glass doors with an aluminium frame. They contain toughened glass and made to withstand heavy traffic and the rigours of a commercial environment. A Lockwood lock specially designed for a shop front door is usually installed as standard.

Lockwood Commercial Door Latching Lock

The standard Lockwood lock used for a shop front door will have a lever handle on the inside with a oval key cylinder on the outside. When locked these locks throw a bolt up into the strike plate of the door jamb or in the case of double doors the locking bolt is locked into the opposite door.

The problem that is often faced with shop owners and commercial business is that these locks are either always open or in the locked position. You can not make these locks latch closed.

There is a Lockwood lock specially designed for shop front doors that solves this problem. This lock is designed with a latch bolt instead of a throw bolt. The latch bolt allows for the door to latch closed when the door is shut. Lockwood have designed this door lock to fit inside a commercial aluminium frame door and give security a shop or commercial premises requires.

The Lockwood commercial door latch can be used in a few different situations. It is possible to install the lock so it can be opened with handles on each side of the door or just with a key to unlock on the outside. It can even be installed with a hold back cylinder so that during opening hours the door is always free to push or pull open.

Commercial doors need to be compliant with local Brisbane fire codes and national standards for fire doors. The Lockwood commercial latching lock is generally fitted with an escape function to comply with fire escape legislation. The particular building specifications always need to be taken into account when choosing the locking function for the door.

This lock also comforms to Australian Standards AS4145.2-2008, AS4145.2-2008 and AS4145.2- 2008. Wich gives it a security level of SL8 with an anti-drill lock cylinder. A D8 level for durability and C6 anti-corrosion durability.

This latching lock can be fitted in place of the standard swing bolt lock. It can be fitted with a wide range of high security locking cylinders including Kaba, EVVA and Registered Key systems. It can also be keyed alike to other locks in the building or master keyed as required. It can also be used in conjunction with access control systems and push button code locks.

Posted by arbus in electronic security, Entrance door lock, lock latches, locks changed, locksmith Brisbane, Lockwood

How to steal a car


Cars stolen by remote control

Well this is not really a guide to steal a car. It’s a warning to people out there with late model cars that dont want them stolen. Actually any car with remote start. By remote start, I mean keys that dont have to be inserted into the ignition to start or keys where you just have to be close to the car to open the doors. A large number of cars now have this technology including Lexus, Nissan, Subaru, GM and many more. They are convenient and practical and there is no mechanical lock which is pretty cool!

So what kind of idiot dreamt this system up?

Car key for Nissan for Locksmith Brisbane

Remote car key

Lets think about this logically for a minute. Cars in the early 90’s had no type of electronic device built into their starting device. They just had a mechanical key. The mechanical lock could be defeated by force and it was just a deterrent to slow down thieves. Given enough time the mechanical lock could be broken or the lock picked and the car could be stolen.

In the mid 90’s car manufacturers introduced the first transponder chips which were integrated into the keys of the car. The transponder chips were moulded into the keys and worked in conjunction with the mechanical locks. The transponder was not battery powered. It was powered by induction from a coil around the ignition lock. How could you steal a car with this type of system? It wasn’t easy! Even if you had a replacement transponder chip and the programming equipment, you needed the actual physical key to turn in the ignition to program the new chip into the system. The time to steal a car just increased dramatically plus there was a high level of technical difficulty in making the key and programming the new transponder into the car. As a result, there were virtually no cars stolen by “hot-wiring”.

So now for some reason car manufacturers decided the mechanical key was of little use. It was the electronics that were securing the car. The electronics were pretty advanced. The key sent a message to the car, then the car sent a message back to the key for verification, then the key sent back a verification code. No other key or hacker could work out the encryption, so it was all secure. Great technology! But for some reason these tech geniuses didn’t realise the biggest vulnerabilities of cars security systems. Locksmiths have known this ever since the first mass produced lock was released more then a hundred years ago. I didn’t realise it was such a big secret but apparently car manufacturers don’t know it!

The secret is this. If a lock or a car or any electronic security device is mass produced it has a big security flaw. If you can buy or acquire one of these devices you can dissemble it and diagnose its weaknesses. Once you can defeat one of these locks, cars or security devices then you can defeat all of them! So learn how to break into one car, you can break into every model of that vehicle.

cars stolen in Brisbane

How to steal a car

So car manufacturers went from mechanical key in the 90’s to Mechanical and electronic key in the mid 90’s and are now employing electronic key only. So they have gone from moderately secure to highly secure to ? Yes, unknown.

Car manufacturers I have to inform you that your electronic security was never secure! People have been hacking your systems from the start! Locksmiths have basically become hackers of car electronic security systems! They had to! For a locksmith to make a key to a car they not only had to cut the mechanical key, they had to be able to recode or reproduce the electronic security system. How do you think that happened? Yes, it was because once you could bypass one particular car model, you could bypass them all.
So now cars just have an electronic locking system. There is nothing else to bypass. How secure did they really think their cars would now be? Well I am sure they now know just how secure their cars with electronic locking and remote start are as they are being stolen in large numbers!

So the point to this whole article is to inform owners of vehicles with remote opening and remote ignition start that they should be very careful and probably look at getting some other type of locking device for their cars.

The key and car both transmit an RF signal or radio signal. The signal coming from the key is quite weak. That is why the car only opens when you are close to the car. It only starts the car when the key is close to the car. So you walk away from the car and the key will no longer open or start the car. Even if someone scans the code of the key, they cant open or start the car because it needs two way communication to verify the transmitted code.

So the key has a weak signal and you need it to be close to work. How would anyone solve this problem? Maybe with some of the oldest technology in the history of electronics? The very thing that makes every radio work! Yes! You guessed it! An amplifier! And a transmitter! All you need to make the car open and start is to retransmit the signal which is transmitted by the car and the key. This is exactly what is being done to steal these nice new cars. The beauty of this is that you dont need to even break anything, pick a lock, reprogram the car, or anything really. You just pick up on the signal from the key, transmit it to the car and drive off.

You can be in your house with the keys on the kitchen bench and your car can be on the street. As long as the signal from the key can be picked up by a transmitter, the car can be open and driven away. You can be in a shopping centre have the car locked and be happily shopping while your car is being driven away.

Is it a reality? Yes, it is! We have been called to jobs in Brisbane where people have had their cars unlocked which are still in their garage. They think they have been broken into as they are sure they locked their cars. They really did lock their cars. Their cars were remotely unlocked, probably from someone driving down the street with a transmitter! Of course if your car is in the garage it cant be started if a button inside the car has to be pushed.

Can you stop this from happening? I would think maybe? Maybe if you shielded your keys in a RF container? Maybe get a steering wheel lock? (Not a good look on your new Mercedes) . Maybe contact your car manufacturer and ask why your car was made so insecure? Maybe they can replace it with a car that has a mechanical key?

So if you have a car that you think is vulnerable to this type of attack, take extra precautions to keep it safe! If it is stolen and there is no sign of forced entry and you have all sets of keys with you, then your insurance company might not believe you that it was stolen? Oh yes, insurance companies are aware this is happening and they do generally need proof the car was stolen.

Happy motoring!

Posted by arbus in crime, electronic security, locksmith Brisbane, news, unlock door
How to Pick a Lock

How to Pick a Lock

lock picking made easy

How to Pick a lock

Picking Locks

Picking locks is the technique used to open a lock without a key by lining up all the pins or discs to allow the lock barrel to turn. Well, we have all seen it in movies. You just grab a bobby pin out of your hair and stick it in the lock and Hey Presto!! lock opens… Uhrrrrr If only it was that easy!

So how do you pick a lock? Well if you type “How to pick a lock” into Google you get 121,000,000 results!! So you don’t need me to tell you.  Sites on lock picking are all over the net.  Anyway here is the top YouTube video result for “how to pick a lock”.  This explanation is not from a locksmith!  It is just some guy who bought a lock pick set online!

Well, the reason for this post was not to show you how to pick locks. It was more along the lines of how easy are door locks to pick in Brisbane. I say Brisbane, because the types of locks used for a particular region, city, country, etc differ quite a bit. So lets use Brisbane as a case study, because that is where I live.

I will try to be as honest as I can with regards to just how easy or hard locks are to pick. Even though I pick locks professionally as a 24 hour locksmith, I still have a pretty good idea just how hard it is to pick locks for an amateur lock picker.

Lock pick set to pick locks you can buy online.

Lock Pick Set for sale on the internet

Lock picks and picking tools can now be purchased on the internet which will open a range of locks in Brisbane. Sounds scary? Well, yeah, it is very scary! A lot of people might not know this? Even if they do know, then it might be a case of, well, my neighbors have the same locks. Why would a burglar target my home or business? There is truth to this. A lot of break ins are just random and not targeted. So having a lock on your door that can be easily picked open does not mean you are going to get broken into. Neither does leaving your door unlocked.

Some places are targeted for break and enters. Especially businesses that keep a high dollar value of stock or that are a high value target for thieves. I often see business premises that are locked up with a low quality lock that could easily be picked by amateur thieves.

I was going to try to go through some of the common key operated door locks that are sold at the large chain hardware shops and let you know how hard they are to pick open.  But there is no point to singling out any particular lock.  Truth is, just about all the door locks sold by the major chains are easy to pick with tools readily available on the internet!!
Before information and tools was easily available over the internet, it was a different story. But the truth is the door locks have not changed in their designs. It is not that they are any more insecure then they were 20 years ago. It is just that it is a lot easier to buy lock picking tools and find the information to use them. So I would have to say that most of the door locks sold by major hardware shops are not secure enough to fit to peoples homes or business.

Easy to pick open entrance lock set from hardware

Entrance Lock Set you might buy at a Hardware Shop

There are a few door locks sold by the major hardware shops that are not easy to pick. They are mainly the Lockwood range of domestic locks with Kinetic Defence cylinders. The Kinetic Defence cylinders use a very simple and effective pin design that makes them harder to pick open. Many locksmiths can not even pick these locks and have to drill the cylinder out if they need to open a locked door. Our 24 Hour Locksmith can pick Kinetic Defence lock cylinders, using specialised tools that are not available over the internet.

Lock from hardware shop easy to pick

What are you getting when you buy a lock at a hardware shop?

Is price a good guide of a quality lock?

No! Many expensive key operated door locks sold in hardware shops are still very easy to pick the lock cylinders. Basically most of the pin tumbler locks operate in the same way and these locks are easy to pick with low cost tools.

Can anyone pick a lock?

Yes and no. The tools make it possible for anyone to pick a lock with a little practice. The more practice you have at picking locks, the better you will get. Picking locks is a skill that is learned over time and when you get proficient at picking locks there is a much higher chance of picking each lock you come across. As a professional 24 hour locksmith, our skills at picking locks have to be of the highest standards. We need to be able to pick every lock that we possibly can to perform our job. An amateur lock picker might only be able to pick a percentage of the locks a professional locksmith can.

Are commercial locks any harder to pick?

Lock easy to pick on commercial door

Standard Pin Tumbler Commercial Door lock Cylinder

Many standard commercial locks use the same pin tumbler mechanism as domestic doors. These standard locks are just as easy to pick as domestic locks.
There are of course high security locks that can not be picked with tools bought on the net. Many businesses do use high security lock cylinders and are secure from these types of attacks.
Just simply having a heavy duty shop front lock fitted to your door, does not mean that your lock can not be picked! The lock must be changed from the standard pin tumbler cylinder to a high security lock cylinder that can not be picked.

I have a registered key system.

Restricted registered key lockwood Australia

Registered Key by Lockwood

There are many types of registered key systems on the market. Some use a high security cylinder that is practically impossible to pick. These are the best lock cylinders to have on your doors. Why you would secure your doors with anything less is a mystery to me. The cost is not that high, and the fact that it can not be picked open with tools you buy online makes these locks more then worth their value.
Some types of registered key systems use lock cylinders that are easy to pick. While others are very difficult with off the shelf products you buy on the net. It is very hard to tell the difference between an easy to pick registered key system and a difficult to pick system. It is not about the quality of the lock or price. It mostly comes down to weather the locksmith sold it as a difficult to pick lock cylinder or just a “Registered Key Lock System”. Locksmiths who know what they are doing can make registered keys locks very hard to pick. Sadly, most locksmiths do not ensure registered key lock cylinders are difficult to pick at all.

I have a deadlock on my door

Brava deadlock deadbolt


Ummm Off the shelf deadlocks from hardware shops generally use the same Pin Tumbler Mechanism as other easy to pick locks. Deadlocks with a standard lock cylinder are no harder to pick with a tool bought over the internet then any other type of door locks.

Security Screen Doors

door with security lock

Security Screen Door

I have a $1000 stainless steel mesh door installed. It even stops attacks from “Bowling Balls” 🙂
I love that add!! If ever I get attacked by a bowling ball, I know I will be safe 🙂
Seriously, most of the security screen doors are installed with disc tumbler lock which is almost in the class of “Able to be picked with a bobby pin” These cheaper screen door locks might keep out flies, but spend $5.99 on the internet and buy a lock pick and you will have these doors open in a few seconds.
Screen doors also have a better lock cylinder that can be installed which is a Pin Tumbler lock. These locks are generally a little harder to pick. They are still easy enough to pick with tools you can buy on the internet.
Security screens can be placed onto a high security cylinder that can not practically be picked. You will only find the high security cylinders available from locksmiths.

Electronic locks

electronic lock Brisbane

Electronic door lock with key override

There are still very few homes fitted with electronic locks. Even though they are available at a reasonable price many locksmiths do not recommend them as a good alternative. Most electronic locks have their own unique vulnerabilities for which are not generally in the public domain so discussing ways to defeat electronic locks is out of the scope of this post.
One thing most electronic locks do have in common is that they also have a key override. If the override key is simply a standard pin tumbler lock, then being able to pick these locks is generally as easy as any other pin tumbler lock. This kind of makes any security feature of an electronic lock obsolete.

Electronic locks generally can be unreliable. Batteries go flat and many electronic locks just fail. Most electronic door locks have the batteries on the inside of the door, so a key override lock cylinder is an important feature.

Not all electronic locks are terrible. We fit a range of electronic locks that are reliable. We are careful to select locks that can not be bypassed or easily opened as many electronic locks can.

Posted by arbus in crime, electronic security, locksmith Brisbane, Lockwood, news, security screen door, unlock door
Police want home cameras

Police want home cameras

Just was reading a story from Brisbane Times Newspaper entitled “Improved security behind dropping crime rate, say crims”.  Well, not sure if i agree with them on that topic but that is not what this post is about.   In the Brisbane Times article there was a video.  Not really related to the story. Here is the link to the Brisbane Times story..

police security camera watching Brisbane homes

The police officer Lance Bowman of Calamvale police says “We find that a lot of private residents have CCTV and we can map our offenses such as break and enters and by getting the addresses of where private CCTV is we can put it on our system and overlay the maps so that if we have a break and enter in an area we can overlay where the CCTV is and hopefully catch some images of the offender or the vehicle they were driving in.  It may not be that place that has been broken into, but it may be a neighbour and the offender has to go past that place potentially during the course of leaving or going to that offense.”

So inside a story about dropping crime is the video of how police need private CCTV to catch criminals!

The use of private CCTV in peoples homes is a slippery slope.  Maybe Lance Bowman and the QLD Police have a completely honest and legitimate reason for wanting to use CCTV.  But the abuse of this power is so evident that the people of QLD should be very worried in my opinion.

What happens to the data the police collect?  Do the police have the legal right to people’s CCTV data?  What about voice recordings?  What about cameras inside peoples homes?  Will they sell the data?  Will they track every vehicle with the data? Will they use facial recognition with the data?   Who can access this CCTV data?

So many questions need to be answered on this use of personal CCTV footage.  Do the police expect residents to volunteer the use of their private CCTV cameras? Or are they wanting laws to change to make the camera’s available in peoples homes without a warrant?

What is a CCTV anyway?  Does that give them access to your laptop camera? the camera on your phone? I seriously think the police need to rethink the use of private CCTV.   Better they put their effort into real police work and gain the respect of people in the community.   Police need to grow up and stop training officers to sit on their bums!  Gaining respect of the community is the best police tool police have at their disposal.  Policing is very much a hearts and minds game and seeing the police as Big Brother who is watching the citizens makes them so much less human.  Policing should be about gaining the support of the people, not watching them.




Posted by arbus in crime, electronic security, locksmith Brisbane, 0 comments
Reliable Electronic Lock

Reliable Electronic Lock

Keyless Entry locks on home is becoming a more regular request these days. There are a whole range of options for keyless entry locks although there is one lock we sell more then any other and the reasons why are really simple.

electronic lock Brisbane

Yes it is the DN909 Electronic keypad lock. It is not the most expensive electronic lock, in fact it is one of the cheapest electronic locks we supply. It’s features are not ground breaking and it looks rather ordinary. Although there are a couple of things about this Electronic lock that make people choose it above other types of locks on the market.

Well first there is the fitting. This lock is not hard to fit. It fits in the same holes as most other standard entrance locks. Might not sound like much of a selling point? Well having a lock with a weird set of holes drilled in a door can really cause problems when you want to replace the lock with another type. You have to fill the holes on the door or add cover plates to conceal them which is less then ideal on a front entry door. If you have a rental property then being able to remove the electronic lock and replace it with a key operated lock when you leave will also save you money. Being easy to fit has a lot of advantages.

The DN909 is a reliable lock. When you are looking at electronic locks in the shop it is almost impossible to know or realise if the lock will still be working in the years, or in some cases months to come! The reality is that many expensive electronic locks fail quite early in their life. It is not just a case of changing batteries. There are many locks that just stop working for no apparent reason. The DN909 is a reliable lock. They just keep going day after day.

Security is the one thing a lock should give above all else. You don’t want your lock to be easily compromised or forced! The DN909 has a lever handle, which on traditional locks can be a disadvantage due to the extra force that can be applied to the lever by a heavy handed person or a burglar. Well, this lock cant be forced in the same way. The outside locking handle has a clutching mechanism which makes the handle free to turn when the door is locked but wont engage the latch to open the door. It is only when the correct number has been entered that the lock handle can engage the latch and the door can open. So push on the handle all day and the lock will not open without the correct pin number. It is actually one of the best features of this lock which is not really apparent at first look.

It has a keypad! DUH! Finger print locks and card locks are great! But most people just want a simple keypad to unlock their door. It’s true! A keypad might be nothing new or exciting but it works! You can give a number to a friend, you don’t need to carry anything, it can be opened in an emergency. There are just so many advantages to a simple keypad.

So to sum it up, I am sure the reason we sell this electronic lock above all the rest is because it is simple, reliable and secure. I think the fact that this is a cheap electronic lock comes second. Not all things in life have to be expensive to be good!

Posted by arbus in electronic security, 2 comments
Kwikset Kevo Good or Bad

Kwikset Kevo Good or Bad

Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadlock

This is just a follow up on the New Kwikset Kevo.  I wrote a post recently on opening your door with a smart phone.  Well it is a great idea and the smart phone part of this lock seems to be quite good!!  Well, it only works with Apple as far as i can tell, but we all have iphones don’t we?  🙂

Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadlock Brisbane
Ok, so the Kevo might work well and look good on the outside with flashing lights and a great touch sensor.   I just think we should be careful when considering if this is the right lock for use in Australia?   It is currently being sold by Masters Hardware and through locksmiths throughout Australia so it is definitely easily available to everyone with a spare $279, the list price at Masters Hardware today.

So why do you need to consider carefully if it is the right lock to put on your door for security?  Well, it is because it uses Kwikset’s quick key change system called “Smartkey” There is a lot of information on the net about the smartkey locks by Kwickset.  The problem with the smartkey locks is that the lock barrel can be forced open with basic tools.   A standard pin tumbler lock just does not open up that easy.

Would I put a Kwikset Kevo on my door?  Maybe as a secondary lock?  For when I am out in the garden.  As a security deadlock, I would avoid it.  It is just too vulnerable to a basic attack!   It is a real pity, Kwikset used this type of lock barrel in their Kevo deadlock.  If it had a better lock barrel, this would be a great lock in many different situations.

There seems to be so many issues with a majority of electronic locking systems.  There are so very few on the market that can stand up to a real attack and also reliable enough for every day use.  I recommend contacting your locksmith and asking the the hard questions as to the real vulnerabilities of any electronic lock before having one installed on your door.

Update 14-3-18  I have had lots of inquiries about the Kwikset Kevo.  So here is why what I have said might be different to many reviews.  The reviews you see on the net are mostly reviews done by people that are not security professionals.   They look at the aesthetics of the lock, function, flashing lights, etc.  My take on security is a little different.  I see break and enters every day.  I see the vulnerabilities in locks and security.  Some manufacturers go to a lot of trouble to make their lock barrels out of brass, nickel silver, stainless steel, etc to make them resistant to the attacks you see in the video.  Kwikset are a large manufacturer and welcome to make their locks from whatever they choose.  They are made at a price for a certain market, which is great.  Make up your own mind on the security the Kwikset Kevo offers.

Posted by arbus in electronic security, news, unlock door, 3 comments

Open your lock with smartphone

Finally a smart phone idea!!

Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadlock Brisbane
Actually opening your doors with a smartphone is nothing new.  There has been a few problems with the idea though.  Some hotels have a smart phone option that you can use instead of a key or card to open the door.  Now there is a deadlock available from Kwikset with the same technology you can have on your house door that has all the same advantages.
The Kevo Deadlock from Kwikset works on Bluetooth and there is an app for smartphones which allows you to unlock the door simply by touching the lock.  You don’t even have to touch the phone.  Just keep the phone in your pocket.   You can also enable another person to have access to the lock with the app and even allow them temporary access to the door remotely.
The Kevo also has a traditional key lock that can be used to override the electronic part of the lock, so you are not totally reliant on your phone to open the door.  If something ever did go wrong with the electronics in the lock, the key can still be used for access.  There is also the possibility to disable the key completely and rely totatlly on the electronic lock.  If the security of a pin tumbler lock is an issue then disabling the key lock may be an option worth considering.
Having an app controlled lock also gives you the ability to change the combination or access to the lock very easily.  The user can easily change who has the ability to unlock the door.  This can be done instantly and there is no need to wait for a locksmith to come and change the lock.  This can be very convenient to a number of specific users who need this type of lock changing ability.
The Kevo also employs the Kwikset smartkey system.  This lock is bump proof and highly pick resistant.  It is also drill resistant, saw resistant and resists attacks from hammering.  The smartkey system can also be changed by the user with a special change key.  The smartkey locks can all be changed to the same key or any other kwikset smartkey key.  This makes the Kevo a very high security electronic lock for a residential home.


Posted by arbus in deadlock, electronic security, lock bumping, Lock Products, 0 comments

Electronic Security Vulnerabilities

changing locks

changing locks to the one key

There has been a large increase in electronic locking devices over the recent years.  Some of these locks are quite good and keep things secure.  Unfortunately some electronic locks leave a building vulnerable to a range of attacks.
The price you pay for your electronic locks has no real bearing on the level of security you receive.  This might sound like an odd statement, but it has been proven to be true over and over again.  Some of the most expensive locking devices and installations might leave you open to easy opening techniques that a thief can take advantage of.
While i do not want to get into the particulars of the vulnerabilities of the various locking devices.  There are many reasons why your building may be vulnerable.  Most are very basic security issues such as using the wrong locks with electronic devices, Incorrect installation of the lock and strike,  the locks have not been maintained and leave the door with a vulnerability.
I would recommend getting your electronic locks checked by a professional locksmith who specializes in gaining entry into such doors.  This might sound like a sales pitch, but it can be a serious problem.  The installer of you electronic locking system is probably not the best person to ask on your systems faults.  They are probably not going to point them out to you or they are probably not going to know.  Make sure the locksmith is a professional and is serious about finding your weaknesses.  Many locksmiths will send an apprentice out with little knowledge.  Make sure if you get a locksmith out they are serious about your security.

Posted by arbus in crime, electronic security, locksmith service, 1 comment