Schlage Locks: Setting the Industry Standard

Residential and Commercial Security

What’s to Stop a Lock-Picker?

The answer: not much.  Google “lock picking,” “lock-picking tools” or “lock picking instructions,” and you’ll find hundreds of entries listing places to order everything you need to pick a lock.  There are even YouTube videos that show you exactly how to do it.

I was, quite frankly, rather disturbed by just how easy it is to purchase lock-picking tools.  Granted, some manufacturers and distributors of these items claim that they only sell their products to licensed locksmiths or locksmith apprentices.  How they can accurately follow up on one’s professional locksmithing credibility via the Internet is a bit of a mystery to me.  It seems like a pretty easy thing to forge.  And I’m guessing that Visa often speaks louder than a locksmith’s license anyway.

On the other hand though, there are so many places on the web that DON’T require purchasers to provide proof of licensing that fraudulent documentation may be a moot point anyway.  For every company that WON’T sell someone lock-picking tools, there are surely twenty more that will.

And don’t assume that you are protected by law.  In reality, there are few laws governing the sale and purchase of lock-picking tools.  In most places in the industrialized world it is perfectly legal to buy and sell lock-picking tools.  While many professional locksmiths subscribe to a code of ethics, their manufacturers and suppliers are bound by no such code.

So, if all one needs is a credit card and access to YouTube to learn how to pick a lock, how safe is the average property owner?  Perhaps not very.  That’s why it’s so important to take extra precautions to protect your residential and/or commercial property by:

1) Choose locks which are “pick-proof.”  Many companies, like Schlage, produce locks which have special anti-pick elements built in. 

2) Choose heavy-duty locks.  Locks come in a number of grades, typically standard, medium and heavy duty.  Heavy-duty locks are more resistant to tampering and picking than standard duty.  Even if they cost a little more, it might be money well spent.

3) Double your chances of keeping out intruders.  We can’t state this enough: use a deadbolt lock in addition to a regular lock.  Deadbolt locks are much harder to tamper with.  By installing both types, you double your security.

4) Use after-market anti-pick, anti-tamper products.  Last week we explored the problem of lock bumping.  (See “Lock Bumping and Commercial Security.”)  Using a product like Pickbuster can give your home or business additional protection.

Other ways that you can protect your home or business include using a burglar alarm/security system, using directed lighting, getting to know your neighbors,  and employing landscaping methods which discourage intruders (i.e. trimming hedges to increase visibility and maintain sightlines to your doors.)

Of course, none of these things are guarantees that you’ll be free from lock-pickers. But the more proactive you are, the better your chances of maintaining the security of your home or business.

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January 14, 2009 - Posted by | Commercial and Residential Security | , ,

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