L handle & T handle lock

Garage door security

Garage door lock. Old type of roller door

Old style garage door lock

Garage doors are often an overlooked part of the home security.

If the garage is not attached to the main house then it might not be thought of as a safety issue. Maybe the garage door lock should be more attention paid to it as the value of goods kept in the average garage can be quite high! If it is worth putting a lock on the door then it is probably worth making sure a burglar can not easily break into the garage.

Lockwood 001 deadlock

Lockwood Deadlatch

As a Brisbane locksmith we are often called to secure garage doors after a break and enter. Often the garage door is fitted with an inadequate lock which does not keep even then most novice thief from easily entering. An older garage in Brisbane often is fitted with a latch type lock which can be defeated with tools as simple as a credit card. One way of changing the locks and upgrading a door like this might be to fit a Lockwood 001 Deadlatch or a Deadbolt which will stop an easy door opening attempt. The type of door and door frame can dictate the best type of lock to be fitted in a specific situation. A garage such as a Titan Shed made from colourbond steel might need a specific lock type to suit a steel plate door such as a Lockwood 355 Deadlock.

The main door on a garage or shed should also be a concern. A lock that can be opened with a screwdriver or random key is not very secure. This is the type of lock people say only keep the honest people out. A true security lock with a brass cylinder is a much more secure lock and will be able to withstand a forced attack that most standard garage door locks will not. The keys for a number of standard locks are very insecure. Often times a Unit block of garages will be able to be opened with keys from other units. This is a good indication that the lock is very insecure and should be replaced.

Brisbane Locksmith quality L Handle lock in box

Brass Cylinder Garage Door Lock

There are a range of garage door locks available that take a more secure cylinder and have a much more solid lock design. Fitting a better lock to the door is an easy way to greatly upgrade garage security. A qualified locksmith can show if there are vulnerabilities in your garage or shed security. Leaving a garage insecure is really just leaving the security to chance. Personally I have found chance does not favor many people. Being prepared is always a better way to deal with your locks and security.

Posted by arbus in deadlock, garage door, L handle & T handle lock, Lock Products, locks changed, locksmith Brisbane, Lockwood
Awesome Garage Door Lock

Awesome Garage Door Lock

Well, not just for garage doors.

This is one garage door lock our Brisbane locksmith has dubbed “Awesome” for many reasons and one is that it will fit a wide range of applications. It can replace just about any T Handle or L Handle lock easily, applications include garage doors, meter boxes, electrical cabinets, storage cabinets, utility rooms, RV’s, camper-vans, trailers, machine doors and so much more. Our locksmith in Brisbane is always finding so many more awesome uses for these L Handle locks.

Brisbane Locksmith quality L Handle lock in box

Ok, I admit, it looks like just any other lock. Not very awesome right?

I could tell you they are easily reversible by just loosening a screw and setting the handing position. So you dont have to buy either a left or right hand lock and that they can be set to be used as either a 90 degree turn or a 180 degree turn very simply.

Locksmith Brisbane guide for rehanding L handle lock

Locksmith in Brisbane L Handle lock rear view

Still not awesome enough? ok…

The cylinder used in these locks is one of the most awesome aspects. This cylinder can be changed to suit the keys to a large range of house and unit keys available in Australia. What our Brisbane locksmith finds most awesome about this aspect is that he can make all locks on peoples homes suit the one key. That’s right, 1 key for your doors, screens, deadlocks, and garage and switchboard. Even window locks and letterbox locks can be on the one key.

L handle Lock and key from Locksmith Brisbane

It that is not awesome enough, the locking cylinder in this lock can be changed to suit most popular restricted key systems. A new cylinder can even be installed for high security locks such as bilock, medeco and abloy systems. Ask our Brisbane locksmith for more information on making all keys in your home work on the same key.

If having one key for all your locks in you home is still not awesome enough then consider why upgrading and replacing your old T or L handle locks might be worth while.

L Handle Locksmith Brisbane Lock with key


It should be very awesome news if you have an old tilt-a-door garage door or just about any other type of similar handle. This garage door lock come standard with a 6 pin Lockwood compatible key and cylinder. Compared to the standard tilt-a-door locks these things are like a rock. They are tough to pick, the brass cylinder makes forcing the cylinder not an option. They potentially have 10,000,000 possible key combinations. The key and lock is not going to wear, allowing other keys to open the lock. They are made much more solid and robust then most other T and L handles on the Australian market. That’s pretty awesome right?

Posted by arbus in garage door, L handle & T handle lock, lock maintenance, lock related, lock review, locksmith Brisbane, locksmith service, 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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