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.
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.
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.
Locks Changed Brisbane
We would urge people to take extra precautions over the holiday period. We have attended too many home break-ins and it is only the start of the Easter Holidays. Thieves don’t take holidays and are looking for easy targets. Unlocked doors and windows can be inviting and even when people are at home they should take care.
The last break-in we attended a bunch of keys were stolen from the home. If keys are stolen then there is a high chance that the thieves intend to return. They can enter the home at any time they choose. Now that they know exactly what goods are inside the home they can come prepared to steal exactly what they want.
Changing the locks prevents re-entry to the home. When the locks have been changed the old, stolen keys will no longer work in the locks. The inside combination of the locks are changed so only a newly generated key will work in the locks. If you hold this new key then the thieves key can no longer open the door.
We have also seen situations where car keys have been stolen with the intent of returning to steal the car. Securing the garage door has prevented this from occurring. Police have reported that certain cars such as Nissan Patrols’ have been recently targeted by thieves in the Brisbane region. The cars or car parts can be sold for a profit in overseas countries.
I hope this holiday season is a safe and secure time of year for you and your family. burglar
Plastic Sliding Door Lock
Plastic sliding door locks
Just been to another break and enter in Brisbane where we had to replace a sliding door lock. They also needed their locks changed due to some keys going missing. This is not an uncommon occurrence unfortunately but the owners of this apartment were quite surprised to see just how easy their door lock was to smash.
The reason it was so easy to smash the lock is because the lock on the sliding door is made of plastic! You can see in the top picture, the handle is made from plastic. These plastic locks we try to replace whenever it is possible with a better lock made from metal. The plastic is way too easy to crack and break when a little force is applied. This lock was broken and it did not even look like any tools were used.
Metal Sliding Door Lock
Often when new doors are installed, the locks used are not of good quality. Saving a few dollars by fitting a low quality lock might give a door company a small price advantage over its competition but sometimes it is the home owner who pays a much higher price when the lock fails in a break in attempt. A higher quality lock may have withstood the break in attempt and saved the owner of the home many thousands of dollars.
There are many good quality sliding door locks available for Brisbane homes. A deadlocking lock for a sliding door will make if much harder to open the door, even if the thief is on the inside of the door! A good quality lock cylinder is also something to consider. Sliding door locks sold in hardware shops often have a very cheap cylinder that can be forced open with a screwdriver. Sliding door locks can in most cases also be keyed alike to other locks in the home. Less keys means less worries and if your locks are keyed alike and you need them changed in a hurry it is usually a much faster process then if all the locks are on different keys.
Plastic locks are pretty much the nastiest things you could have to secure your sliding door. Check with your locksmith to see which quality locks are available for your particular door type.
Changing locks with a Brisbane locksmith.
Did you know that your locks on your house our unit can be changed to a new key combination. This will stop all the old keys from working in your locks. Here at 24 Hour Locksmith Brisbane this is a daily and nightly job for us. Yes, even in the middle of the night people need locks changed. They usually need them changed because someone stole their keys. This can be after they have been burgled or after a break and enter into their home. Sometimes keys are the only thing stolen during a break in. The keys can be used to re enter the house or apartment at a convenient time for the thief especially without the knowledge of the owners or tenants.
Fire Rated Door Lock
When changing the locks on a house or apartment a locksmith usually doesn’t change the entire lock. Only the combination of the lock has to be changed. The lock cylinder is pulled apart and given a new lock combination by a skilled locksmith. Changing the combination of the lock cylinder is generally much cheaper then replacing the entire locks on the doors. Even when new locks are supplied, more often then not they still need to be changed to suit a specific key.
Usually when changing locks it is convenient to have all the locks in a home on the one key. A Brisbane locksmith can change the locks and keys so they all match to the same key combination. A house with quite a few locks can be a nightmare if all the locks are on different keys. This makes finding the correct key for the lock very difficult and requires a large bunch of keys to be carried. When a locksmith changes the locks to the one key he makes the locks no less secure. All the parts inside the lock are still securely locking the cylinder. The lock just has the same combination as other locks in the house.
Even locks of different brands can be placed on the same key. Our Brisbane locksmiths know which locks can be placed on the same key. Sometimes a new lock cylinder will be required in order to have the locks all keyed the same. We carry an extensive range of new lock cylinders for this purpose and can easily swap a cylinder to make all the locks match on the one key. A complete lock may in some cases be needed to match all the locks to the one key. Our locksmiths also carry locks for this purpose. If a non stocked lock is needed, we can order and replace your locks fast.
When changing locks a new set of keys is required. Our locksmiths can cut keys on site for your locks. We can also cut keys to code when needed for specific keying systems. Code keys are more accurate as they are cut to the manufacturers specifications. If you have a worn key or a key that is sticky or clicky, ask our Brisbane locksmith if you need a key cut to code.