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Secure6 Restricted keys

Secure6 Restricted keys

Secure6 is a restricted keying system designed and available to locksmiths in Australia and New Zealand.

The design of the key is protected against illegal duplication until 2024. This gives peace of mind that your keys can not be duplicated by a key cutter or locksmith. Only the locksmith authorised to cut extra keys for the restricted system will duplicate the keys. The keys will only be duplicated once the identification of the system owner or authorised person is confirmed.

restricted lock cylinder

Secure6 Lock and barrel

This makes handing a key to a tenant, contractor, real estate agent, friend or any other person a lot safer. Locks do not have to be changed as you can be confident the keys were not duplicated by a key cutter.

restricted key

Secure6 key blank 6 pin

There are a wide variety of lock barrels available for the Secure6 restricted key system. The lock barrels are made in Australia to suit our specific needs. Barrels are made for Lockwood locks, Abus, Schlage, Whitco, and many more brands of locks. With so many lock barrels available there is no limit to where you can use the secure 6 restricted key system.

House doors, Commercial doors, glass doors, padlocks, security screen doors, Euro locks, deadlocks, block locks, lockable bolts, utility locks, garage locks, car park entry, gates, foyer entry, fire doors, apartment doors, electronic switch locks, etc can all be placed on a secure6 restricted key system.

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A Secure6 key can work in many different locks

You can easily make just one key work in all secure6 locks. Even locks of different brands will now be able to open on the same secure6 key. As the lock barrels are replaced to all the same profile there will be no limits to the keying possibilities. Locks can be master keyed for a large commercial building or hotel with levels of access to suit your building.

restricted key profile

Side warding of key

The secure6 keys are made from hard nickel silver. Nickel silver is strong and hard wearing. The series6 keys will not break like brass or steel keys can. In heavy use areas the keys will not wear down and will maintain their accuracy for years to come. The keys are made by Silca in Italy and are milled very precisely to ensure quality of the lock system.

restricted key lock cylinder

Secure6 lock cylinder

The lock barrels are each made to exact specifications and to very tight tolerances. The lock barrels can have hardened inserts installed to prevent drilling the barrels out. The unique profile of the key and warding inside the lock barrel insure no other key will fit into this lock.

restricted key end profile

warding profile of key

When a secure6 system is installed, it is often possible to use the existing locks in a building and just change the lock barrel. The lock barrels are designed to match up with the most common locks in Brisbane. This can save a lot of money in the installation of a restricted key system as only a new lock barrel is required.

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Plastic inserts for secure6 keys

The keys can have a colourful plastic insert in the head of the key. This is for easy identification of a certain key. Certain levels of master keys can each have their own colour, or you can have a colour for each person with a key. The head of the secure6 key is larger then most standard keys. The larger head makes it much easier to operate the secure6 locks.

Posted by arbus in Lock Products, lock review, locks changed, locksmith Brisbane, restricted keys, 0 comments
Locked out in Brisbane

Locked out in Brisbane

It has been a busy Friday night in Brisbane. Tonight we have performed lockouts in Chermside, Upper Mount Gravatt, St Lucia and Kangaroo Point.  We were able to unlock all the doors tonight without any problems.  The number of people locked out side of their homes increases quite a bit this time of year as the weather heats up and it gets closer to Christmas.

Locked out in Brisbane. Need a locksmith to unlock a doorUnlocking the door at Upper Mount Gravatt tonight was an interesting job. We were not the first locksmith to attend the property. The first locksmith called could not unlock the door. The tried for over an hour and could not pick the lock. The tenant of the property informed us they used a pick gun to try to open the door. It was quickly evident that the lock they were trying to pick the pick gun would never have opened. It was a new style Lockwood 001 deadlatch. These locks use security pins that can not be picked with a pick gun or bumped with a bump key. We use a unique opening techinique to unlock a locked door with these Lockwood deadlocks. The customer was very happy to be back inside their apartment within a few minutes of our arrival.

It is normal that we can unlock a locked door within a few minutes. There are situations where it becomes very difficult to open a locked door. High security locks a challenge, which often can still be opened. The biggest challenges when opening locked doors are caused by lock malfunctions, broken locks and very weird situations. A broken lock can make it impossible to open a door, even when a key is available. A broken lock can often be unlocked and the door opened quite fast, although some situations require patience in figuring out exactly what is wrong with the lock. A broken latch inside a door is also a situation that requires skill to open the door.

In Brisbane there is an ever increasing number of high security locks. High security locks stop a lot of burglars from breaking into homes and businesses. They do however hinder a locksmith from quickly unlocking a door. Making a locksmiths job harder is not a bad thing! The harder it is for a locksmith, the harder it also is for criminals. Opening all types of doors with all types of locks is just part of a locksmiths job. Our locksmiths have a range of door opening techniques for many situations.

If you need a door unlocked in Brisbane, call our 24 hour locksmiths any time and we will come to you as quickly as possible.

Posted by arbus in locksmith Brisbane, locksmith Kangaroo Point, Lockwood, unlcock apartment door, unlock door, unlock house door, 0 comments
Lockwood 3572 Vestibule lock

Lockwood 3572 Vestibule lock

Lockwood 3572  Review

The Lockwood 3572 mortise lock is one of the most common lock found on apartment doors, government buildings, commercial premises and many other places in Brisbane.  I hope this helps explain a little about this lock

Supplied in a red box

Lockwood 3572 in boxThe Lockwood 3572 mortise lock body is sold  separate to handles, cylinder and turnsnibs.  They are sold separately simply because there are just so many options to choose from in design and function.

The lock body is diecast with a stainless steel latch bolt and a stainless steel deadlatching pin.

On the face of the body it has 2 screw holes for attaching the face plate and 2 holes for cylinder or adapter pins.

On each side of the lock it has a large cylinder hole and a square spindle hole. There are also a couple of adjustment holes and screws and holes for handle mounting

features

It might look like just any other lock, but the Lockwood 3572 has so many features that I am sure I will miss a few.


Lockwood 3572 latchLets start with the latch. The latch is made from stainless steel and attaches to the inside latch plate assembly via a 12mm rotating shaft.  The bolt can be rotated to suit either an inward or outward or opening door.  The face plate of the lock once fitted locks the latch into the set orientation.


The faceplate also holds the optional cylinder retainer pins in position.  The cylinder retaining pins are a tight push fit.  They are not threaded and require only slight pressure when inserting into a cylinder.

The top adjustment hole is for the “Kick Offf Function”.  The kick off function is not there to remind you when your favorite rugby team is playing.  What it does is “Kick Off” the locking function when the door is closed.  It is designed to stop people locking themselves out.

Lockwood 3572 adjust functionsThe lower adjustment hole is setable with a flat blade screwdriver.  Turning this setting screw will set the lock to have either an escape function where the lock is always free to open or it will make the lock handles lockable.  There is a setable escape function on both sides of the lock for the inside and outside handle.

The square spindle hole is separated in the centre by a dividing plate.  This allows the inside and outside handles to operate independently. So it is possible for the outside handle to be locked and the inside to be free to open the door.

The handle fitting holes are designed to match the various handle designs available to suit the Lockwood 3572.

That is about all the external features of this lock but in no where near explains the functions available.

Other lock options

Lockwood 3572 cylinder retainerThis is where this lock starts to get exceedingly interesting.

For example the locking cylinder comes in satin chrome, bright chrome and polished brass.  They can also be ordered in antique bronze and a whole range of special finishes.  The cylinder can also be an extended cylinder.  An extended cylinder comes in 50mm 62mm 78mm 86mm and 100mm and dont forget the standard 39mm cylinder.

Both the cylinder and snib adapter also have a range of different cams.  There is an X, W, Y, Z and M cam for the cylinders.  There is also a range of 6 different cams available for the snib adapter.  Of course these cams can be used in any combination on the door.  Making over 250 different functions available for this lock, just with cam and snib adapter alone.

Did I mention there is also a round cylinder available for this lock?  There are just so many options for this lock.

Of course there is also a rebated kit avaliable for double doors.

Lockwood 3572 locks and cylindersThen you have the range of high security lock cylinders and registered key systems that also are compatiable with this lock. Compatiable cylinders include Lockwood MT5, Lockwood’s Generation 6, Lockwood twin, bilock, Galaxy, series 6, Salto, Multi lock, MLA DC1, MLA LSGP, Binary Plus, Kaba Expert, Pextra, IP6, IP7, Abloy protec, Abloy protec 2, etc….

Wow there are so many compatible keying systems available with this lock. I cant even list ¼ of them!

Did I mention there is also a 3570 hold back cylinder?  I forget.  There are so many options and functions for this lock.

Handles

Lockwood Plate handle Lockwood Rose type handleSorry guys we’re not done yet.  I haven’t even mentioned the handle options!
Ok so I will try to be quick.

So the Lockwood handles comes in 2 main types.  There are handles with a plate extending the length of the lock covering the cylinder hole and the spindle, which is screwed on from the inside.  Then there is the Rose type handles and cylinder escutcheons. These come in 2 separate pieces for the handles and the cylinders.

The variety of handles, knobs, plates, escutcheons, is very large. There are commercial looking levers, plates to suit hospitals.  Modern designs to suit apartment doors, square designs.  Lockwood has a list of handle designs longer then your arm!

Finish

Lockwood 3572 face plate satin chromeThe finish of the 3572SC is brushed stainless steel.  The only part of the lock body visible is the plate on the edge of the door.  Of course the handles have so many options in colour and texture the finish will depend on what you require in a lock.  The lock cover plate and strike are mostly seen in satin chrome or polished brass.

ugly score

Is this lock ugly?
I have to give this lock a very low ugly score. Simply due to the number of handle options.  You can choose handles that are to your taste. If you do not like the way it looks you can simply change the handles to something more appropriate.

Fitting

Is the 3570 easy to fit?

Lockwood 3572 fitting templateOK, this is a mortise lock.  They are one of the most time consuming locks to install from scratch.  A large opening needs to be made in the edge of the door to install the lock.  Lockwood provides a template to help with installation and even part of the box folds out into a template to help with fitting the cylinder holes and handles.

Retrofitting

This lock is generally only fitted to a door where a very similar type of lock has been installed.  There are locks made by other manufacturers that use a very similar, if not identical hole pattern to the Lockwood 3570.  The Lockwood 3570 can replace mortise locks made by Gainsbrough, Dorma, Kaba and others.

Uses – types of doors

The Lockwood 3570 can be installed on just about any wooden door.  It can be used on fire escape doors as well as fire rated doors. It is fitted to many apartment doors for this reason.  The fire rating may depend on the type of door the lock is fitted to.  Many specialty fire doors are designed to use the Lockwood 3572 mortise lock.

It is used on commercial doors as well such as hospitals, shops, factories, storerooms, fire escapes and a whole lot more.  It is also fitted to doors in homes around Australia.

security

Lockwood 3572 turn snib adaptorAs there is such a wide range of cylinders for this lock, the security of the locking cylinder is very dependent on your choice.  A cheap non original cylinder might be very easy to bump or pick.  A high security on the other hand will make it almost impossible to pick the lock.

manipulating

The lock when fitted to the door has no points of access for manipulation.  The latch can not be slipped with a piece of plastic if fitted correctly due to the deadlatching pin.  The cylinder hole has no extra gaps for insertion of opening tools.

The type of handles used with this lock can make the lock more secure.  Generally the square plate furniture is recommended over the rose furniture.

If an escape function is used on the inside handle, this can on certain doors make the lock vulnerable to certain types of opening techniques.

A look inside

Lockwood 3572 inside viewAs complicated as this lock seems, it is actually quite minimalist in its design.  Other locks can have many more springs and small parts.
The lock has a die-cast body with mostly stainless steel parts.  The locking bolt mechanism which locks the handles I believe is die-cast although the end which actually contacts the handles hub is steel.  It is really their rather basic design which makes them relatively hassle free.

Reliability

Lockwood have been manufacturing this type of mortise lock for many years and they have a reputation of being one of the best mortise locks for good reason.  They are an extremely reliable lock.  They are very versatile, have a large array of functions and made heavy duty enough to operate on commercial doors.


As a replacement lock or a lock for a new building the Lockwood 3570 series is definitely a good choice.

Posted by arbus in Entrance door lock, fire door lock, lock review, locksmith Brisbane, Lockwood
Changing locks 24 Hours

Changing locks 24 Hours

Changing Locks Brisbane Locksmith

Lock Pinning Kit

Often when we change locks on a house or business in Brisbane it is so the occupants can be sure that other people with keys to their doors can not open the locks. This is by far the better type of lock changing job we do. Getting locks changed to avoid future problems is smart and should be done when ever you move to a new house, shop or office or when ever you dont want someone to come back into your home or get through your doors.

As we are a twenty four hour locksmith, we get jobs all hours of the day and night. The night time jobs are almost always emergency locksmith jobs where people are in some type of predicament and they need help from a locksmith in Brisbane. These types of jobs often are because their keys have been stolen and there is an urgent need to secure the home or business as it is more then likely the thief will return.

Lock cylinder showing coloured pins brisbane locksmithChanging the locks is either done in two ways. Either the lock or lock cylinders will be replaced or the lock pins will be changed to a new key combination. There are reasons for doing either type of lock changing. If a lock is damaged or broken then replacing the lock or cylinder is a must. Sometimes it is even less expensive to replace the cylinder then to repin or rekey the lock. If time is of the essence, some locks are better to be replaced as they can be time consuming to disassemble.

The advantages of just replacing the pins in locks are that the lock does not have to be replaced. Some locks are no longer made and impossible to replace. If the lock is not a standard fitting then the holes in the door would need to be repaired. Some locks are also very expensive. Replacing an entire lock is often just no cost effective. Even though some locks can be replaced with cheaper versions, the cheaper locks are never as good a quality as the more expensive higher quality locks. Going cheap on security on a home or business can lead to some very bad outcomes.

Our locksmiths in Brisbane always consider the most cost effective way to change your locks. If changing the locks is too time consuming or not a viable option, then new lock cylinders can be the better option.

Locks changed Locksmith Brisbane lock shop 24 hour locksmithsIn Brisbane, rekeying the locks quite often is the better option. The major advantage is that you can have all the locks on your doors with the same key or even master keyed. Simply replacing locks will give a different key for each lock. Our Brisbane locksmiths can change the locks all to the one key to make it much simpler for you to operate your locks. There is never a need to go searching for the correct key for the lock.

With our after hours lock service we are always mindful of your costs and try our best to give you the best solution. Our locksmith vans are all equipped to change locks in the middle of the night and we carry all the parts and replacement cylinders and locks needed for Brisbane. Getting people out of a bad situation and changing their locks 24 hours if they have been burgled or keys stolen is a big part of our 24 hour locksmiths job.

Posted by arbus in locks changed, locksmith Brisbane
Lockwood security deadlock

Lockwood security deadlock

Feature packed Lockwood deadlock for Brisbane

Deadlock for commercial and domestic use by Lockwood. Safety indicator. Secure silver deadlockThe 005 Deadlock from Lockwood is a stylish deadbolt with some features that have been lacking from other deadlocks. A deadbolt is a deadbolt right? Well, not really! While they might all look similar, there are some big differences between the Lockwood 005 deadlock and others.

The first thing you will notice about the Lockwood 005 is…. well it looks very different from other deadlocks! Thin round profile on the outside. Looks more like a Lockwood 001 deadlatch on the inside. 4 screws to hold the bolt in the door. 4 screws for the strike. The bolt is shorter then many other deadbolts. This is a deadlock that is totally redesigned!

Door fixing

005 deadlock fixed to door with 4 screws in bolt. secure against burglary and lock picking. OK lets start with the 4 screws. I don’t think I have seen a lock made for the Australian market with a 4 screw strike or bolt before. Does it make much difference? Well yes it does! If you have ever seen a door kicked in, you would know they always split up the middle of the door. So why put screws right in the centre of the lock? It makes sense to offset the screws. It makes for less of a centre break line and four screws are better then two.

This lock is also able to be fitted in the place of an existing deadlock or even an entrance lock. Quite often when fitting over the holes of an existing lock, the screw holes for the bolt and strike have been cross threaded or over-tightened leaving the holes unsuitable for new screws. For the Lockwood 005 deadbolt the screws thread in each time as they are not dependent on existing screw holes.

Inside locking knob

Inside locking knob Lockwood 005 deadlock fitted Locksmith BrisbaneThe inside of the Paradigm deadlock looks very similar to the inside knob of the Lockwood 001 deadlatch. In fact it works in much the same way, no surprise. It has a little window on the face of the knob that indicates whether the inside knob is in a deadlocked or undeadlocked mode. When the indicator is red, the inside knob is locked and can not be turned. This either indicated that the deadlock is deadlocked closed or locked open. When closed only the key can unlock the deadbolt from either the inside or outside. When the indicator is green, the deadbolt can be locked by turning the knob on the inside. Until the key is turned on the inside again, the deadlock operates the same way as a single cylinder deadlock, making it possible to open at any time from the inside.

Auto release deadlocking

When leaving the house you would usually deadlock the inside knob for security. If this lock is on your main entry door there is an added safety feature. Upon returning home and unlocking the Lockwood 005 from the outside, the inside handle is automatically released from its deadlocked position. This makes sure you are able to easily lock and unlock the deadlock from the inside with the internal knob.

Low Profile

Lockwood 005 deadlock low profile outside cylinder GoldThe external cylinder of this deadlock is partially recessed inside the door. This makes the outside profile much lower. In fact it has an outside profile of only 12mm, which is not only stylish but also makes attacking the lock much more difficult for burglars.

High security

The lock comes standard with Lockwood’s Kinetik Defence cylinders for added pick and bump key resistance. The cylinders can be changed to suit any Lockwood key making it possible to key alike all the locks on your home or business to the one key. A high security lock cylinder can also be used for extra protection against lock picking and key duplication.

Balanced steel bolt

The lock bolt is made from Stainless Steel and has saw resistant hardened inserts. As the bolt is shorter then most standard deadbolts, the Lockwood 005 is suitable to install where only a shorter bolt will work. If you have a glass panel next to your door strike, or just dont have the option of a large bolt hole, then the Lockwood 005 is a good choice. The lock bolt is adjustable to suit either a 60mm or 70mm door hole. This makes it an easy replacement for existing deadbolts, no matter what their backset is.

Lockwood Deadlock fitted to door silver

Lockwood deadlock fitted to door gold

Stylish and functional

If you are looking for a stylish deadlock with deadlocking capability and also the convenience of a simple turn to lock knob the Lockwood 005 Deadlock is a great choice. Our Brisbane locksmiths have plenty of stock in both Satin Chrome and Polished Brass and are able to fit this lock to your door at a time that is convenient to you. This is definitely a deadlock you will enjoy using.

Posted by arbus in deadlock, Lock Products, locksmith Brisbane
Sliding door locks Brisbane

Sliding door locks Brisbane

 

Sliding doors in Brisbane

A horizontal sliding door, which is suspended or mounted on a track or railing is what we commonly refer to as a Sliding Door. In the first century, the Romans used sliding doors and many pieces of evidences found in Pompeii, Italy.

The types of Sliding doors:

  • Arcadia Door

  • By-pass Door

  • Pocket Door

The Sliding doors commonly used where space is constrained like Shower Rooms or Elevators. The Glass Windows, Wardrobe door, and compound wall gates are some of the examples.

Onyx Patio Sliding Door Lock

Onyx Lockwood Sliding door lock

This sliding door lock is ideal choice for the terrace or patio-type sliding doors with more secure and safer. A harmonious look and you can get the status of the lock even at a glance. This is suitable for wooden and aluminum sliding doors. The patio sliding door lock is easy to fit in new or retro fit type.

Onyx Functionality?

  • Two beaks locking type – More security
  • Door close Detect button DCD is added feature
  • Lock alert indicator, ease, and smart
  • Two stage key locking for safety.
  • Safety release is an added feature
  • Ergonomic sliding snib


Onyx Mortise Patio Sliding Door Lock

The ultimate secured and modern rich looking mortise sliding door locks available with two point combinations. In the special case, you can get four point combinations as the optional request. It is easy to operate with a Knob or key, very much suitable for wooden doors or aluminum doors of 45 mm thick.

Sliding door lock functions

  • A concealed mortise lock with onyx style
  • Anti slam feature protects the lock beaks from damages.
  • The Twin beaks kept opposite sides, prevent door from lifting off from the track
  • Lock indicator to show the status at a glance.
  • Improved square drive screws for perfect fitment during the installation
  • 5 pin cylinder is standard
  • Zinc Di cast construction with Brass cylinders.
  • Nonlocking and Dead locking options available

 

Lockwood Sliding Security Screen Door Lock

Lockwood Security door lock

This Sliding security screen door lock, designed and produced in Australia with stringent quality standards. It qualifies AS 4145.2-2008 standards of Australia and extraordinary performance. The reliability is extremely good on this lock. The best lock for domestic and residential uses.

 

Why use a Lockwood sliding door lock in Brisbane?

  • Two choice of privacy lock and deadlock
  • Two stage key locking.
  • Model suits for both left and right and opening doors.
  • Snib version and inside snib locking facility
  • Stainless steel parrot beak dead-latch
  • 3 point kit – optional for premium security
  • Polyester powder coated and plated finish available
  • Lock mechanism in Zinc – Die cast
  • Easy to install as new and retro
  • Suits for 20 mm door thickness
  • The inside lever key locked can check at a glance
  • Locking facilities from both inside and outside

Cavity Sliding Door Locks

Lockwood cavity sliding door lock

The most pleasing, aesthetically good, is new innovative in sliding lock family in Australia. It combines easy to use and elegance looks to use in domestic applications.

Problem solved for replacement cavity doors Brisbane!

  • Specially designed for Australian market
  • Easy to accommodate 54 mm door with 60 mm backset
  • Useful for residential applications
Posted by arbus in locksmith Brisbane, sliding door lock
Logan Central Nightmare

Logan Central Nightmare

Emergency Locksmith

Cheapest Price Locksmith cost more then bargained for!

Around midnight we were called to an apartment at Logan Central to unlock a door. It was a standard sounding type of locksmith job, so we thought.  We unlock a lot of doors!  Most of them are to help people get back inside when they accidentally lock their keys inside. This job was different!

When we arrive to unlock the door, our client informs us that their new deadlock was fitted earlier that day. They are quite frantic as their dog is locked inside the apartment and they have been trying to get the door open for the last 7 hours! They even tell me that they had another Logan locksmith out to open the door, but he left because he could not get the door open. The customer even has the keys to the lock, so at this stage this was not a normal every day door unlocking job.

The key works in the outside cylinder of the door. But the key will only turn a tiny amount in each direction which would indicate that there is a problem inside the lock. The lock that is fitted to the door is a Lockwood 001 Deadlatch. This type of lock has an outside cylinder that is connected to the inside lock mechanism via a long tail-piece and the cylinder is screwed to the inside of the lock with 2 screws. Maybe the cylinder is not lined up with the inside of the lock? Maybe the door has dropped and the latch is binding inside the strike? Nothing really makes sense with this lock.

The only way we can get this lock open is to remove the outside cylinder. This requires drilling the outside cylinder off the door. Not something we ever like to do! Our business is based on our locksmiths being able to open locks without damage. Unfortunately in this case there is no easy way to open the door. Drilling a Lockwood 001 Deadlatch is not an easy task! The cylinders are made from some pretty hard materials!

After the lock cylinder is removed first thing that is noticed is that the tail-piece is way too long. The tail-piece should be cut to a length to match the door thickness. Peering through the cylinder hole we can also to our amazement see that there is no tail-piece receptor in this lock! Maybe it fell out? This lock is very strange indeed!

A tool is made up to pull the bolt open through the cylinder hole. With the tool inserted a twist is all that is needed to open the door. The door swings open and the customer and their dog are reunited. They were so relieved to finally get back into their home.

The lock is then removed from the door for investigation of what went wrong. It was very obvious what the problem was with this door. The lock was fitted to the door but the actuator which withdraws the bolt when the outside key is turned was not fitted! The tail-piece of the cylinder was not even cut down. The small amount of movement we could feel with the key was due to the tail-piece of the outside cylinder jambing inside the inner workings of the lock. The piece that was missing from the lock is a large piece! The size of a golf ball! Not something that could be easily missed during installation.

The really disturbing part of this installation is that the lock was never tested from the outside! If the so called locksmith had have tested the lock with the key, then they would have realised that the lock was never going to work. It worked from the inside but as soon as the door closed, there was no way to get back in from the outside. How a tradesman could have not checked this is beyond me.

It turned out that the locksmith that had fitted the lock earlier that day was advertising the cheapest prices. It’s not the customers fault of course! They just saw someone advertising a $55 callout fee and thought it was a bargain. The locksmith was not a qualified locksmith. Judging by this job, I doubt they had ever done any kind of locksmith work before at all. I am just so happy that we could get the lock open, replaced and working properly. It saved these people from spending the night on the stairs outside their Logan Apartment.

Posted by arbus in deadlock, fire door lock, lock repair, locks changed, locksmith Brisbane, locksmith service, unlcock apartment door, 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

Deadlocks

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.

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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
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.

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