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.
Unlocking 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.
Key safes can be used to keep a spare key outside of a house or apartment for family, friends and workers. However care needs to be taken in their use. House and apartment break ins can happen without the occupants even knowing if a key is stolen.
The majority of key safes use a combination lock or push button lock to secure the contents of the safe. If the key safe is installed outside the home it is possible for thieves to work out the combination and remove the key to from the box. There are various techniques used to work out the combination and some are surprisingly simple.
Before using a key safe always ask the question, “Is it as secure as my door locks”. If the key box is able to be compromised much easier then the locks on your doors then it is a security risk to your homes’ security.
Another problem with key safes is in the way they are installed. If they are bolted to a wall, it is fairly easy to pry the box from the wall and remove the key at leisure. A safe that is attached using a padlock design can be cut off and the key removed. Often when the key safe goes missing people do not notice until it is too late and their home door is opened with the spare key.
In Brisbane, we have seen quite a few homes broken into using a key from a compromised key holder. We have also had to change locks on buildings when a master key goes missing from a key safe. The latest break and enter using a key from a key safe was in Camp Hill. In this case the key safe was broken off the concrete wall and the key removed.
If you use a key safe, be aware of the risks involved and weigh up if it is worth the convenience.
Need to know how to unlock a house door or apartment door?
There is an easy way to unlock a door on an apartment or house that works on a lot of doors in Brisbane. It wont work on all doors, but it is worth trying if you are locked outside. A lot of doors in Brisbane have deadlocks fitted. This wont work if you have a locked, properly working deadlock.
First you need to find yourself a plastic bottle. A coke bottle, juice bottle, plastic milk bottle, etc. There is always one in the rubbish bin, or a neighbors rubbish. The bottle does not have to be flat. The stronger, thinner plastic of a coke or sprite bottle is great for this.
You also need to find yourself a knife, scissors or something to cut the plastic. Be careful not to cut yourself on the sharp knife.
Cut the bottle up so you have a large flat piece of plastic sheet. If the bottle is round, it is fine. It will be flat enough for our purposes.
Slide the piece of plastic between the door and door jamb, partly through the door. Put the piece of plastic through the door above or below the lock. There should be enough play in the door for the plastic to push through.
Bring the plastic up or down to the door latch and try to open the door lock by pushing the plastic back and forth. The plastic will make contact with the latch and the door will open. Well it should if this works for you.
If this door opening trick does not work, I would be calling a locksmith in Brisbane to unlock your door. Opening the door without doing any damage is what our 24 hour locksmiths specialise in.
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 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.
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.
There is one specific type of job we get called out to quite a bit after a lightening storm.
That is to unlock houses because the power has gone off. Why? Well, a lot of people drive out of their garage and click the remote to lock their door. They don’t take a set of keys with them, only a garage remote.
Usually the remote is all you need to get back inside your house. Except for when the power goes off, or a lightning strike makes your garage opener malfunction. If your garage opener is all you have to unlock your house then you are going to be stuck outside. As most storms happen in the late afternoon most of our calls to open a locked house in this situation happen at night which is not the best time to be locked outside.
All you really need to be prepared for this lockout situation is to have an alternative entry into your home. A set of keys is not reliant on the power being switched on and will always give you access in any situation. It is not expensive to get an extra set of keys cut for your house or apartment and it will save you money and the inconvenience of being locked out after a storm or power failure.
On some properties and townhouses you might even be locked out of your main gate or foyer door if there is no power. Going keyless is great, but just check your entry requirements and find out what you need to do if there is no power. Hopefully we wont have destructive storms this Summer although it is pretty much impossible to predict. Being prepared is the best strategy.
Most bathroom and toilet door locks make it quite hard to lock yourself out of. Generally when you close the door the latch activates the unlocking mechanism inside the lock to automatically unlock the door. So just pushing the door shut should unlock the lock. This should make it hard to get locked on the outside of the door.
There is always the possibility of someone being locked inside the bathroom and not being able to open the door. They may have slipped in the shower, or any number of reasons. This is why most bathroom door locks have some sort of unlocking button or snib on the outside of the door. The toilet and bathroom door are not high security areas and don’t need a key lock. Your teenagers might disagree 😉
There are many different variations of unlocking snibs and buttons for these locks. Generally we call these locks “privacy locks”. Many privacy locks can be opened with a coin or butter knife by turning the button in the centre of the lock. Turning the button pops open the push in button on the inside of the lock.
Locks such as Gainsbrough use a snib on the outside of the lock which is located underneath the rose. This snib just needs to be flicked down to release the lock mechanism.
Some locks just have a hole in the outside of the rose. Pushing a skewer into the hole activates the release button to unlock the door.
Other locks may have a cover over the unlocking button. Some have a grub screw that you need an allen key to remove. There is usually some way to unlock a privacy lock from the outside.
There are situations where you cant get the lock open no matter what you do. The lock might have been installed incorrectly or it might have malfunctioned. One thing you can try to do is to see if the lock will come apart from the outside. Most locks screw together from the inside of the door. But there is a chance of removing the lock from the outside.
Toilet and bathroom doors can be high use doors! Yes, they get closed an awful lot during their lifetime. It is always worth getting any problems with these privacy sets fixed before they break. It may be a case that you are locked inside the bathroom or toilet with no means of escape. This does happen and we have been called to jobs where people have been stuck for long periods of time.
Hope this helps and give some basic info on how to get out of a sticky situation with privacy locks.
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.
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.
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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We can unlock doors, cabinets, gates, screens, cars and a wide variety of other locked items. Our aim when unlocking doors is to do no damage to the door or lock. We have trained locksmiths who can unlock just about any kind of lock without damage.
High security locks can take a bit more time or some other way might have to be found to get the door opened. There are a range of high security locking systems we can open without damage. Let us know if the lock you want open is a high security lock and we can let you know if it can be opened. We are not magicians, but we do try our hardest to open even the hardest to open doors without any damage.
Changing locks is one of the most requested jobs we get calls for. It is always a good idea to have the locks changed on your home or business when you are moving in. Knowing that you are the only person with the keys to your property is important as you do not want an old tenant or tradesman entering your home with out your knowledge. We have a mobile locksmith who can change locks very quickly.