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Abus Deadbolt Double Cylinder

Abus Deadbolt Double Cylinder

Abus is a very well known brand worldwide. It is known for its padlocks, bike locks and security related products. So how does the Abus double cylinder deadbolt hold up for security and quality?

Well you would expect the Abus double cylinder deadlock to be made in Germany. This lock however is made in Taiwan. The packaging and look of the lock do not look to be very different from many other Taiwanese made deadlocks on the market.

locksmith Brisbane deadbolt AbusThe finish on the Abus deadlock is very good. It has a bright chrome finish with an embossed Abus logo on the outside cylinder. Even the locking bolt has a bright chrome finish.

The locking bolt is adjustable to 60mm or 70mm. Adjusting is simpley done by twisting the front and back parts of the bolt assembly when the bolt is in the thrown position. The actual locking bolt also is made from solid steel with an insert in the centre to resist sawing attacks. The steel bolt is a bit of a surprise as most other similar deadbolts use a brass locking bolt.

The solid bolt is longer then the thrown portion of the bolt, leaving 10mm inside the bolt assembly. This gives the bolt extra strength from prying attacks then most other deadlocks of this type.

The lock body has two cylinders with pressed metal housing and a spacer ring behind each housing. The spacer ring can be removed for thick door types making the lock suitable for locks between 35mm – 45mm.

The lock cylinder of the Abus deadbolt mounts into a metal housing and is removable. It can be replaced with a high security cylinder. The lock cylinder can also be replaced with a registered key barrel if required.

The lock cylinder and barrel are a 6 pin design although out of the box a 5 pin key is used. The code on the key matches the cuts of the key.

The Abus deadbolt has no resistance to lock bumping or lock picking. The pins used in the lock are standard and no security pins are used.

Adding a registered security barrel or replacing the barrel altogether can make this lock a lot more secure. High security lock pins can also be added to increase security and stop lock bumping attacks or lock picking.

The lock has no hardened inserts to stop drilling attacks. Hardened pins in the lock barrel assembly and behind the mounting screws would have made this lock much harder to drill off the door.

Fitting the lock to a wooden door is fairly straight forward. It has the same standard tubular deadlock holes for fitting as most other deadbolts. This makes it easy to replace an existing deadbolt.

The Abus double cylinder deadbolt is a well made lock. It has a very smooth operation and should last for many years once fitted.

Abus give it a security rating of 7, which seems quite high for a lock with no pick protection, no bump key protection and no drilling defence. While high security barrels will increase the security of the lock when fitted to a door, out of the packet the lock is not a high security lock.

locksmith Brisbane drill holes for Abus deadbolt

chisel hole for bolt to be inserted Abus deadlock Brisbane locksmith

Install Deadlock bolt Abus Brisbane locksmith

install and tighten allen key screws Abus deadlock Brisbane locksmith

Marking door frame to fit Abus Deadbolt

Hole drilled for strike plate Abus Deadbolt

chisel strike plate Abus deadbolt

Abus deadbolt install strike plate

Abus Deadbolt fitted to door

Posted by arbus in deadlock, lock bumping, Lock Products, lock review, 0 comments
Ikonic Entrance Lock Bunnings

Ikonic Entrance Lock Bunnings

Why wont my locksmith fit locks i bought from Bunnings?

We all love Bunnings Hardware and a lot of the products they sell are great quality.  Even a lot of their cheaper products are of good quality.   I have an Ozito cordless drill that has worked flawlessly for 2 years now.  Even though it was cheap, it has been a great product.

When it comes to security, buying a cheap lock from Bunnings is probably not the best idea.  Even though it is cheap and looks good on the outside, inside it might not be up to the job of protecting you, your family and your property.

The Ikonic entrance lock from Bunnings is a good example of a shiny looking lock that should not be fitted to an exterior door of a home for security.  This lock fails the most basic security requirements expected of a entrance lock set.  Even fitting this lock to an interior door in a house or apartment isn’t something i would recommend.

This post was inspired by a customer who had bought these locks from Bunnings and wanted us to fit them to his house.  In good conscience as a tradesman locksmith, I could not fit these locks to his home.   As these locks look very similar to locks of better quality, it is hard for a consumer to tell the difference.  Recommending to a customer to buy more expensive locks that look very similar, i am sure they sometimes think we are trying to up-sell them for no reason.

There are usually very good reasons for not recommending certain products.  The Ikonic entrance lock for example has a low quality locking cylinder and the handles can actually be pulled off with little force.   Comparing it to other similar entrance locks, there is no doubt this lock is a bad choice for security and safety.

But the lock has a three year warranty!  Yes it does!  The warranty is not the issue when it comes to security.  The damage that could be caused by this lock failing to stop a simple burglary vs a $10.50 warranty??  A burglary can cost 10’s of thousands of dollars!  Why take the risk buying a cheap lock at Bunnings?

I dont know of any trade qualified locksmiths that would give bad advise regarding the selection of suitable locks for your home or business.  If you are calling someone that is not a tradesman, then you might end up with a $10.50 lock on your door?  Actually with locks, it is not even a case of “You get what you pay for”.  There are some very expensive locks available at hardware shops that are of such poor quality, locksmiths scratch their head and wonder why they are even being sold.  Just because it is shiny and expensive, doesn’t always correlate to a quality security product.

Posted by arbus in Entrance door lock, lock bumping, Lock Products, lock review, locksmith Brisbane, news, unlock door
James Bond lock picking tool

James Bond lock picking tool

Lock picking tool James Bond

James Bond Lock picking

Impressioning tool for picking locks

Well, James Bond might not have the patience for this tool, but the idea of inserting a piece of aluminium foil into a lock to open it makes the imagination run wild. Walking up to a locked door and inserting a tool that just magically opens the lock is what everyone sees in the movies, so I guess this is pretty close to being a movie type lock opening tool. A lock only has to open once to let in a thief, or worse, so it doesn’t really matter if the lock pick tool isnt designed to last for very many uses.

This lock is opened using a method locksmiths call impressioning. Impressioning a lock works because the pins inside the lock bind when they are not in the correct opening positions. When the pins in the lock are correctly lined up, as they would be with a key, they no longer bind and are happy to just sit in the correct position. Impressioning works on a wide variety of lock types from old fashioned lever locks, safe locks, Yale locks, Lockwood locks, and many high security locks.

The tool used in this video is for a specific type of lock cylinder. They are called dimple locks. They are not known for high security in the first place, so this tool is a bit of an overkill as an opening technique. It is more of a gimmick then a serious lock opening tool.

Dimple key and lock

Dimple lock and dimple key

Dimple locks use a key that is flat on both sides and has dimples in the key which are a hole drilled into the key at the correct depth to match the lock pin size. There are only so many different hole sizes you can drill into a key like this which is why this lock impressioning technique works on this particular type of lock. There is not a great deal of difference in the height of the pins, so a piece of aluminium foil is all that is needed to set the depths.

These locks are generally not used in Brisbane, due to their low security and because they are rather simple to open. You do see these dimple locks on different types of devices such as steering wheel locks for cars, but generally not on house doors or anywhere that there is a need for more security.

I thought this was an interesting idea to share with people who are interested in knowing different ways to open a locked door. It might not be very practical, but it definitely has that James Bond appeal to it.

Posted by arbus in lock bumping, locksmith Brisbane
Kangaroo Point Unlock Door

Kangaroo Point Unlock Door

Another door opened at Kangaroo Point

Other locksmiths in Brisbane who do emergency locksmith work at Kangaroo Point would understand that it is a suburb of Brisbane that is rather special in many ways. One way that Kangaroo Point is special is that it has a lot of upmarket units. By upmarket, I mean they are generally a bit more luxurious and many are in high rise buildings. Kangaroo Point might be a great place to live because it is close to the city, but it is also easy to lock the keys inside the apartment.

It is easier to lock your keys inside your apartment at Kangaroo Point because most doors are fire doors. The fire doors need a door closer to make sure the door closes but the door closer also makes it easier for the door to close and for people to lock themselves outside of the apartment.

Kangaroo Point door with lockwood deadlatch. 24 hour locksmtihs can pick these locks and unlock the door

Because of the fire door regulations at Kangaroo Point most apartment doors have the same type of deadlock or deadlatch installed on the door. The extra lock is usually always a Lockwood 001 deadlatch. The Lockwood 001 deadlock has for quite some time now come out of the packet with a higher security lock cylinder which Lockwood Australia calls “Kinetic Defence” The Lockwood 001 Deadlatch with Kinetic Defence cylinder is very different to “pick” open, then the older Lockwood locks. It requires a very different lock picking technique and old lock picking skills need to be upgraded. The Lockwood Kinetic Defence cylinders are also very hard to open with a bump key.

Lockwood Australia did a great job in making their locks harder to open. Well, lets face it, it is a lock manufacturers job to make their locks hard to open by any other means except the key.

The problem with locking yourself out of a Lockwood 001 deadlatch at Kangaroo point is that many locksmiths in Brisbane still do not know how to open these locks without forcing or drilling the lock open. You cant blame the locksmith, these locks are hard to pick open if you haven’t put the time into learning the skills required to open them. At 24 Hour Locksmith Brisbane one of the biggest part of our job is to know how to open locked doors. Our locksmiths are trained and taught how to open Lockwood Kinetic Defence locks which are on many doors at Kangaroo Point.

There is a buzz you get each time you open a door for a customer. Weather the lock is picked open or opened by other means, it is always our aim to open locks without any damage to the door or the lock. Every time a New Lockwood 001 Kinetic Defence deadlock is opened our locksmith Kangaroo Point gives us great satisfaction to know the hard work and training given to our locksmiths is paying off and our customers are benefiting in what seems to them to be a fast and easy door opening.

Posted by arbus in lock bumping, locksmith Brisbane, locksmith jobs, locksmith Kangaroo Point, locksmith service, Lockwood, unlcock apartment door, unlock door
Please don’t drill open my lock

Please don’t drill open my lock

What? you want to drill open my Lockwood lock?

Lockwood 001

Lockwood Deadlatch DN315

Lockwood 001 deadlatch cylinderLockwood Anti-Bump Padlock

Nearly all the domestic range of Lockwood pin tumbler locks use a specific anti-bump lock cylinder.
The lock cylinder not only makes bumping much harder but it also makes the locks harder to pick open.  Good for security, but when you lock the keys inside your home unlocking the door might be a bit harder then the average lock.

When these locks hit the market even we had troubles opening them.  They are a challenge to open if you are not very skilled in lock picking! For a small change in design Lockwood did quite a good job at making their locks much harder to open.

So the question you might be asking is why are locksmiths still drilling open these locks when the keys are locked inside or lost?
Well, you would have to ask the person who comes to open your lock armed with a drill that question.   I could guess, that they haven’t taken the time to gain the skills they require to pick open locks?

I would definitely ask if the locksmith you call to open your door can open your lock without any damage and without drilling the lock open.  It might not sound like a big deal, but it will take much longer to drill open these locks and cost you for a replacement lock.

So how can you tell which locks have anti-bump cylinders?  Currently they are in all the domestic range of Lockwood pin tumbler locks and as far as I have seen Whitco use an anti-bump cylinder configuration as well.  It is not only Lockwood and brand name locks that use anti-bump cylinders.  Many locksmiths also add anti-bump cylinders to standard looking locks to increase security as well as registered keyed locks.

Posted by arbus in lock bumping, locksmith service, Lockwood, 0 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
Lock Bumping

Lock Bumping

lock bumping brisbane locksmith

Lock bumping a deadlock

You are probably not the only person with a key to your house or business.

Lock Bumping is a covert way to open a lock when you do not have a key. It is similar to lock picking in that it is used to open doors and all types of locks. Lock Bumping and Lock Picking are not the only way to open a lock without a key but lock Bumping is a problem for most houses and businesses as no real skill is required to open a door and some of the most well made locks can be unlocked with the bump key method.
Burglars can cut a Master Bump Key to open 95% of locks in Australia.
Bump keys were made known to the mainstream due to the information going viral on the internet. Using bump keys is so easy, people started making videos and uploading them to youtube and tutorials on how to make bump keys were available of forums and how to sites. The spread of the information over the internet led to many high profile manufacturers feeling that their locks were from the dark ages as they were way too easy to open. Even very young kids could now open their locks.

Bump proof lock.  Abloy key

Abloy key for a bump proof lock

The bump key can be made from just about any old key that inserts into the lock. All you need to do is file it down the correct way or cut a key and you have made a bump key. To bump open a lock a bump hammer is used to tap the key which lines up the pins inside the lock cylinder. Many locks in Brisbane are vulnerable to bump keys including most regular deadlocks, security door locks, commercial locks, registered key systems and unit door locks.
Common locks sold in hardware stores still have no resistance to lock bumping. There are locks now available in Brisbane that can not be bumped. There are high security locks sold by locksmiths which can not be bumped and which are practically pick proof. A high level of bump resistance can be achieved if you have your locks changed to a bump proof system. High security locks are a little more expensive then regular locks and it depends on weather you are concerned with this security risk in your home or business as to weather you request bump proof locks.

Home door that might be easily bumped open

How to know if your lock has been bumped?

One of the biggest problems with lock bumping is that it leaves no visible signs of your lock being picked. There are no break and enter marks on the door and no sign of a thief entering your home or business. For insurance companies this is a problem. If there is no sign of a break-in then how do you prove it? The lock bumping phenomenon has forced many businesses and home owners to upgrade and have locks changed to a higher security lock cylinder. If you are in doubt weather your locks can be picked or bumped you should consult a qualified locksmith for more information.

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