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Disaster Brisbane Locksmith

Disaster Brisbane Locksmith

Advertising for a Brisbane Locksmith Makes Customers Angry

Locksmith Brisbane 24 Hour Key Chain for wooden doorMarketing for our Brisbane locksmith company has always been fairly simple. Advertising in the Yellow Pages, Google Adwords, Newspapers, etc. We even tried delivering fliers. This is all good. The problem we faced was that when you are locked out of your home or apartment and need to get let back in, all the advertising material is not where you need it. It is on the wrong side of the door. So our marketing experts set about coming up with an answer to this problem.

Out locksmith business needed something where people would remember our phone number 0431 449 201. Pretty steep ask remembering a tradesman’s phone number. You would almost have to type it into your phone every day! Even a friends phone number it is hard to remember because its just in the phone contacts. So phoning them every day, not really a good idea and no, we have never done this. Still the idea of remembering a phone number when they need an emergency locksmith is I guess the holy grail of marketing for a locksmith.

Well our marketing team come up with what they thought was the best idea ever. As you can see in the picture. It is a key traceable keychain. Brilliant idea! Every time they lock the key chain, they need to trace your phone number. We made up some prototypes of these keychains just to test them out. The prototypes were made with random phone numbers.

Testing of the prototype key chains showed the idea was above expectations. Once you had traced the phone number just a few times, it stuck in your head and you could not forget it, even if you tried! In fact by remembering the phone number tracing the pattern on the key chain become very fast. It seemed like it was a real winner!

Problems faced were now that they had to be installed onto peoples doors. That was very simple. Just a few screws and it was fitted. Installation was so simple a lot of people could even install these traceable keychains themselves. They could be offered as a free gift when work was performed at a persons home such as changing locks or fitting a deadlock. We do actually get calls from people wanting key chains installed. Why not install a key chain for free.

traceable Key Chain for doorSo with everything looking good, we started our first installs of the key chains. The first customer who wanted one fitted went wow! I have never seen anything like that before! We showed him and explained it was basically a marketing tool. We fitted a few more over the course of a couple of days. These things looked good! They were in the shape of a map of Australia. Finished in Brass. All was going well.

Until we got the call from the first customer asking us to come back and remove it! Wow we thought. Why would you want to remove it from your door? The customer was not happy! He told us that it was the worst designed key chain he had ever seen! It took him over 20 seconds to unlock his door when he had a visitor. He said it was the most frustrating thing he had ever seen! While he remembered our number very well, he remembered it in association with lots of words that I can not repeat here.

It was not only this one customer. We contacted everyone we installed a key chain for and they all had very similar thoughts. We offered to remove all the key chains and all our frustrated customers were very pleased of their removals. It seemed, if it takes extra time to open your door, even just 20 seconds, it is a most frustrating experience.

Not everyone who had a key chain fitted wanted it removed. A few customers really loved it and would not have it removed at any cost. We are keeping in touch with them and offering free removal at any time they get frustrated with the key chain.

Of course with the reaction we received, the keychains are no longer available. It was a real disaster! I guess it is obvious in hindsight that it was a bad idea.

Back to the drawing board now. Just have to wait for our next brilliant marketing idea! It’s coming soon!

Posted by arbus in lock related, locksmith Brisbane
Filing Cabinet Locks

Filing Cabinet Locks

Filing Cabinet Locks Keep Documents Safe

Files are used in almost all the commercial offices. There is a necessity of keeping the files confidential. To keep the people away from handling the files there are file cabinet locks which help the office to keep the files safely. The file cabinets are in many designs accordingly the locks are designed for locking the doors of the cabinets. These file cabinets are mainly to hold the stationery items used for the office purposes like the files, bond papers, folders, envelopes, staplers, pens pencils, masking tapes, fasteners and much other stuff. There may be some precious items concerned to the office. This has to be really kept safe and here the filing cabinet locks come into picture.

Filing cabinet locks are mainly to stop unauthorized people in accessing the file storage. The keys of the file cabinet have to be kept safely and it is better to have a duplicate in a safe place. As the cabinet contains some important documents, if the key is lost there may be chaos in the office. There are many locksmiths who can install the filing cabinet locks. It is better to hire from a reputed company. They use good locks and the locksmiths are also reliable. If the keys of the cabinet is lost and not to be found then it is better to get the locks changed.

A trusted locksmith is very essential for a company. He should be able to help the office people in any critical situation. He should have good knowledge about the locks and the keys used in the office. There are many types of filing cabinet locks available in the market. Some cabinet comes with the keys also. The office has to decide whether they have to buy a readymade cabinet or get a cabinet made by professionals. There are metal, plastic and wooden cabinets. The office has to decide which material is good for its files to be stored.

Filling cabinet locks are of different types. They have to be fixed to the cabinet permanently. The key can turn to lock and unlock. If the person responsible for the cabinet has to leave the place for any official or personal reasons then he can just lock the cabinet and take the keys with him. These locks are made out of metal or plastic with metal coating. There are brass locks also which may prove to be costly.

The size of the cabinet will decide the size of the lock to be used. The shape of the cabinet also has to be considered before purchasing the type of lock. The office people will have the duplicated keys for the cabinet with them and give the original to the person responsible for the cabinet.

Posted by arbus in lock related, locksmith Brisbane
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

How to unlock a door. What to do if you are locked out

If you are reading this then there is a chance that you have been locked out your home.   Well the first thing you should do is panic!!.. Just kidding!  Stay calm and phone 24 Hour Locksmiths Brisbane on 0431 449 201 …  That’s a shameless plug, sorry for that…

Emergency Locksmith

There are a few things you can do to try to get back inside. Sorry I cant give you any real technical details on how to unlock your door as it could be used by the wrong people, if you know what I mean.

The first thing is just to check all your doors and accessible windows to see if they are all really locked.  Sometimes there is a door left open that you might not have checked or considered.  This is fairly obvious, although sometimes overlooked.  So just have a quick check of exterior doors.

The next thing to do is try to think if there is someone close with a key to your home.  Often you are not the only one with a key.  A relative or housemate might have a key? Maybe even an old housemate, if you haven’t had the locks changed?

There might also be a building manager with a spare key or a master key?  This is more likely in serviced apartments although some townhouse and apartment buildings also have a manager with access to keys.

Well it is actually a short list of ideas.  Sorry if I cant be a lot of help with fabulous ideas for opening your house without calling a locksmith.  So no more shameless plugs.  If you are really locked out with no way inside calling a locksmith is a quick and easy way to get back inside without any worries.

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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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