Lock Picking

Lock Picking

Lock Picking – Information and History

When you are locked out of your home, office, or vehicle, the skill of lock picking begins to look very appealing even though it is often connected with would-be crooks to break in and steal. When it is your own property you need to access, lock picking is sometimes the only way to get back inside. There are some do-it-yourself tricks to try, but when you want to gain access to your own space and need to get inside quickly without leaving damage to your locks, it’s time to contact a local professional who will arrive quickly to get the job done right the first time with the proper tools, training and technology to open your locks and duplicate your key on the spot.

 

It is helpful to understand the history of lock picking. The locksmith profession dates back to the 1770s when an inventory by the name of Joseph Bramah came up with the technology and skill to do so. It began with a lock he created known as the Bramah safety lock the consisted of complex layers between the key and the deadbolt. In 1777, he issued a challenge to anyone who could come up with a device that could pick the lock. The challenge included a cash reward. Around the same time, a man named Jeremiah Chubb met the challenge of the British government who asked for a lock that would alert you if there was an attempting break in. Chubb and Bramah were the names of perfect security locks until 1851.

 

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In 1851, at the Great Exhibition in London, an American locksmith named A. C. Hobbs demonstrated that he could pick the Chubb lock and did so in less than a half an hour. Not only did he pick the Chubb lock, but he met the lock picking challenge that Bramah had issued 70 years prior. His ability to pick both locks left lock buyers questioning whether perfect security would ever exist again. However, a locksmith by the name of Linus Yale, Jr. managed to mass produce locks with a pin and tumbler that became the most commonly used lock even to this day even though it is one of the easier locks to pick.

 

It is possible to use everyday items for lock picking, but these methods often damage the lock requiring expensive locks changing or repair services later. These do-it-yourself methods include using a screw driver to slide into the keyhole while working the knob to get it open, a pen’s plastic casing that often works on tubular locks like those used to secure bicycles, a soda can and scissors to open padlock combination locks by cutting out the bottom and inserting it against the inside of the shackle of the lock, a plastic bottle to cut out a rectangular sheet to fold and use like a credit card to jimmy the lock, or a paper clip or bobby pin that can be inserted into the keyhole and jiggled to position until you open the lock. Along with these items, you will also need an L-shaped piece of metal called a tension wrench.

 

Call A Professional Locksmith for Lock Picking Service!

Lock picking can be done with everyday items, but to ensure there is no damage left to your locks, it’s important to contact a professional locksmith who has the proper tools, technology, training, and knowledge to pick your lock without damaging them. Call a local locksmith who will show up quickly to get you back inside.

Panic Bar

Panic Hardware for Commercial Doors

Panic Bar / Exit Device For Your Business / Office Doors

Buildings used for commercial properties require specific safety measures such as installing panic hardware. All doors which are intended to function as emergency exit doors must have crash bars. Panic hardware for commercial doors is also sometimes referred to as a crash bar, exit device, panic device, or a push bar. It is a form of a lever tumbler lock used to unlock a door during an emergency when swift evacuation is in necessary. The panic hardware consists of a spring-loaded metal bar fixed horizontally to the inside of an outward-opening door. When the lever is pushed, it activates a mechanism that unlatches the door which allows occupants to exit the building swiftly, accounting for potential large crowds of people exiting quickly without having to waste life-saving time locating a key.

 

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Panic Bars May Be The Law

State laws and local regulations vary, so if you own a business, you may or may not be required to use panic bars. However, it is always the best step to understand all of your security options. For security reasons, panic hardware for commercial doors are designed so that they cannot be opened from the outside, but a door handle may be mounted on the other side of the door to allow the bar to be locked so that the door can be opened from either side.

 

Safety Is More Than Securing Building From A Break-In

When we think about locks and security, we usually think about keeping would-be crooks, or those who are looking to cause harm, out. But, what if there is a fire or another emergency that requires everyone in the building to exit as quickly and as safely as possible? That’s when panic hardware comes into play. When a large group of people need to leave quickly through one door opening, it rapidly produces a log-jam of people who are most likely in a panic and just want to get out. Because of this, the panic bar needs to operate smoothly so as not to create more danger in crowds of people pushing, trampling and piling into each other.

 

Panic Hardware Options

Choose from a wide variety of panic bar options. Some panic bar options include an alarm to alert everyone inside that they need to get out or to notify authority personnel that a resident is exiting the building. In the cases of nursing homes with dementia patients, hospitals or retirement homes who have apartment style living, museums or country clubs with high in and out traffic during typical, non-emergency business days, panic bars are designed to be quieter to keep noise to a minimum. Decide whether or not you want alarm additions, glass door options, cross bars and silencing mechanisms.

 

Safety Doesn’t Have To Come At A High Cost

Like any other safety device or lock, panic bars range in price but are affordable. When you are ready to install a panic bar, it pays to shop around and get the best device for the best price. Be sure to ask about the warranty or any guarantees as well as estimated maintenance expense. Often, you can save on costs by hiring a local locksmith to install the panic bars rather than a contractor. And, be sure to ask about volume discounts if you are installing several panic hardware devices.

 

If you own a commercial property or are wanting to install exit devices that allow people to leave the premises quickly and safely, panic hardware for commercial doors is the solution. Professional technicians who deal with locks and keys and understand the requirements for commercial properties are the ones to talk to before purchasing panic hardware for your commercial doors. Don’t just talk to a commercial locks salesman, speak with a local locksmith who works with locks for commercial properties, installs and services them. Ask for recommendations before you make your final decision.