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How to Protect Your Business from Lock Snapping

Posted by on October 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Protect Your Business from Lock Snapping

If you own a small business, then you probably know that you need to keep it safe by having the right locks installed on the doors. The locks on the exterior doors are the most important, and cylinder locks are typical for these entrances. However, you should know that your locks may be at risk of being broken through a process called snapping. Snapping occurs when a burglar uses a hammer, screwdriver, or a combination of the two tools to force great pressure against the cylinder. The key hole is used as the entry point to force enough pressure against the lock so that it snaps into two pieces. If you want to prevent such break-in attempts, then make sure to consult with your local commercial locksmith and ask if the following things are a good idea. Anti-Snap Cylinder Locks Cylinder locks are extremely versatile locks where the internal cylinder or core can be exchanged. This can be advantageous if you only want certain people to access the front door of your business or if you experience regular turnover and locks need to be changed for security purposes. The exchange is relatively simple and inexpensive. However, while the cylinders are likely to be made out of strong steel parts, the cylinder will be relatively small with the key opening in the middle. This means that the cylinder will not remain intact against snapping. Usually, when pressure is applied, the lock will snap relatively close to the middle. This will expose the latch part of the door from inside the lock and the door can then be opened. If you want to keep the versatility of cylinder locks without exposing your business to break-ins, then think about asking your locksmith about an anti-snap cylinder lock. This type of lock will break when pressure is force against it. However, the lock will not break in the middle. The lock will contain several small sections, where a traditional cylinder lock will have two. When pressure is forced against the anti-snap lock, one of the smaller sections towards the front of the door will break. The burglar will have no opening or clear place to force a screwdriver into the next part of the lock. This means that the rest of the lock cannot be broken and the door will be safe without any direct latch or bolt access. Digital Deadbolts Most people know that deadbolt locks are the most secure options for businesses, and your locksmith is likely to inform you that a double-cylinder deadbolt is a great idea. These locks contain extremely thick steel cylinders and reinforced jambs that resist snapping and forced jamb breaking. The best of the deadbolt locks are called grade 1 deadbolts that can be activated many times and that can withstand 75 pounds of force against the lock 10 times before it starts to break.  Unfortunately, deadbolts can be quite pricey, especially if you want to change them out every so often. Thankfully, you can forego the regular key lock system and have a digital locking one installed instead. This will allow you to keep the traditional deadbolt with your own master key. To allow others access to the door, you can provide them with a digital key. This key can be accessed through an application on a smart phone, and you will...

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After a Break-In: Steps To Take After The Dust Has Settled

Posted by on October 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on After a Break-In: Steps To Take After The Dust Has Settled

A home robbery can leave you feeling vulnerable and unsafe. Your first action should be to make sure you’re safe (don’t enter the home until and unless you are sure the thieves have left), and your second should be to call the police. Once the police report has been taken and you are left with your possibly ransacked house, what should you do? Read through this list of steps to take after the dust settles following a break-in and robbery. Start a Neighborhood Watch It will make you feel better and can help keep you safer if you know that others are keeping an eye on what is happening in your community. You’ll get to know your neighbors and you can make it a collaborative effort to keep your community safe. In addition, just having the “neighborhood watch” stickers on your home and on signs in your area are a deterrent to those who might have been canvasing your neighborhood as a potential target. The place to start if you are interested in this course of action is with your local police or sheriff’s department. The officer will teach you and your fellow neighborhood watch members what to watch for, as well as what to do if something suspicious should occur. Take Further Precautions You can make your home less likely to be burglarized again by taking a good look around the property and making changes. A shatter-proof screen door and an alarm can make your home less attractive to would-be thieves. Also, trim any bushes that might be making your front door or windows less visible to those on the street. These provide a great hiding place for someone with nefarious intentions. If your house was burglarized while you were on vacation, be sure to make your home look like it’s not vacant the next time you go away. The Independent Traveler suggests simple steps like putting lights on a timer, having someone collect your newspapers and mow your lawn, and not posting about your travel plans on any public social media sites. If you have been considering getting a pet, a dog (of any size) is an excellent deterrent. Even a small, yappy dog can make a burglar think again; no one wants to deal with the potential of a dog bite, no matter how small a dog seems. Don’t want a dog? That’s okay. You can still put out a “beware of dog” sign and, if you want to, a dog’s water bowl. Some burglars won’t want to take the chance that it’s all for show. Remember that anything you can do to make a thief think, “maybe another house would be easier,” can reduce your chances of being targeted again. Take Care of Your Emotional Needs Once your home is back to how it was before the break-in, you may find that your emotions are anything but. It’s completely normal to continue to feel frightened, violated and upset after a burglary has occurred. Talk to your friends and family about your feelings. Also, talk to your local police to determine whether there is anything else you can do to keep your home safer. If you find yourself fixated on your safety or discover that your fear is taking a toll on your everyday life, you...

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Four Things You’re Doing That Practically Guarantee You’ll Break Your Keys

Posted by on October 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Things You’re Doing That Practically Guarantee You’ll Break Your Keys

No one realizes how poorly they’re treating their keys until the day they’re standing in the cold waiting for a locksmith to extract part of a key that broke off inside the lock. Keys are typically made from strong materials designed to withstand years of regular use. However, there are four things people do to keys that cause them to wear out faster than expected and practically guarantee they’ll eventually break. Using the Key as a Door Pull Possibly one of the most common things people do with keys is use them as door pulls. They stick the key in the lock, turn it, and then pull on it to close the house door or open a vehicle door. Considering a house door can weigh as much as 8 pounds per square foot and car doors are typically much heavier than that, using the key to close or open these doors puts immeasurable strain on the tiny metal, leading to an inevitable and cringe-worthy snap when the key finally gives up. If you’re in the habit of using your house or car keys as door pulls, start breaking yourself of it as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may end up with a broken key and a jammed lock. Using Brute Force to Make the Lock Engage Locks are designed to engage easily. So when they don’t, it seems a person’s first instinct is to attempt to force the key to turn the lock. If the key doesn’t break off right then, it’s only a matter of time before it does if this type of thing happens repeatedly. Instead of trying to use the key to strong-arm the lock into doing your bidding, take a moment to check why the lock won’t turn. Most of the time, either the door is not aligned correctly or the person is simply using the wrong key. Sometimes, though, the lock itself is damaged or the springs inside the lock have weakened so much that the pins have started to sag and cause an internal misalignment. If the last scenario is the case, the lock should be repinned or replaced. Using the Key as a Swiss Army Knife Most everyone at some point has used a car or house key as a replacement for another tool. Sometimes it’s just easier to use a house key to open a box than to go hunting for a box opener, or the keys are closer to you than the screwdriver.  However, each time you do this, you’re putting undue strain on the key and creating weak spots that make the key more vulnerable to breaking, especially if you’re also engaging in any of the other behaviors on this list. To preserve your keys, dump the habit of using them as alternative tools. Buy a multipurpose tool that’s small enough to put on a keychain, and use that instead when the occasion calls for it. Leaving the Key in the Lock This is another common occurrence that can lead to broken keys immediately or over time. A person uses the key to lock a door, gets distracted, and leaves the key hanging in the lock. Other times, a person may purposefully leave the key in the lock with the intention of returning after a short period of time....

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Little-Known Tips To Help You Store Your Guns Safely And Securely

Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Little-Known Tips To Help You Store Your Guns Safely And Securely

If you have recently purchased your first firearm, there are a few things you should know about the safe and secure storage of guns and ammunition in your home. It is especially important to secure the placement of your guns and ammo if you have children in your home. Children are, by very nature, extremely curious. An unsecure gun could pose a threat to their health and safety, as well as the health and safety of others. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your firearms safe. Lock it Up and Lock it Down The best way to keep your firearms and ammunition safe is to use a safe. Approximately 40% of U.S. homes with children in them also have a gun on the premises. If you have children, it is important to realize that a 3-year-old child has the strength to pull the trigger of a handgun. Storing your firearm in a safe and then placing that safe in a secure location can help reduce the threat of injury or even death. In addition to putting your gun in a secure gun safe, it is highly recommended that you also look into a separate locking mechanism to place on the firearm. Trigger locks, or gun lockouts, can prevent a child from pulling the trigger on a firearm should they happen to locate your gun. By providing two different locking mechanisms – the safe and the trigger lock – you are increasing the safety of your home and family. Hide Keys Separately Never store the key to your safe and the key to the trigger lock in the same place. Hiding both keys in separate locations can further reduce the threat of injury or death. For example, you can hide your safe key in one of your socks in the sock drawer and your trigger lock key behind a painting in a separate room. Of course, those are just example of how to hide both keys separately. Make sure you hide the keys in inconspicuous locations to prevent a child or burglar from finding them. Even if your child or an unwanted intruder happens to find one of the keys, their chances of finding the other key will be greatly reduced, therefore increasing the safety of your firearm. Proper Ammo Storage Ammo storage is yet another component of gun safety. While it may make sense to store your ammo in either the same gun safe as your firearm or even a separate safe, it would be a big mistake. Should a fire break out in your home, ammo stored in a metal box may explode if the conditions are right. Instead, keep the ammo in the original packaging and store it safely under blankets or pillow in your closet on a hard to reach shelf. In the event of a fire, the casing around the ammo will burst, but the particles will not carry very far. In fact, the damage done to the ammo is nothing like the threat of exploding ammo. Therefore, it is better if you do not store your ammo in a metal box or safe. If you would feel more comfortable keeping your ammo in a safe, make sure you invest in a fireproof safe. A fireproof safe can help protect your ammo from the threat of explosion, therefore saving...

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3 Reasons Your Growing Business Needs An Access Control System

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Your Growing Business Needs An Access Control System

Over the past few years, your small business has experienced a steady rate of growth. Although the success you’re experiencing has put you on the path to becoming a leader in your field, it has also increased your chances of becoming a victim to inside theft or corporate espionage. Luckily, you can significantly decrease your chances of experiencing a setback by installing an access control system. An access control system will provide these three benefits to your thriving business: Increased Security Even though your office and warehouse are currently fitted with sturdy deadbolts, surveillance cameras, and locks, your sensitive files, computers, and inventory are still at risk of being stolen or damaged by a disgruntled employee or intruder. Although it’s impossible to completely eliminate your chances of experiencing a break-in, you can significantly decrease the likelihood of such an event by incorporating additional forms of security and verification. Additional security improvements such as parking gates, electronic fences, and even window or door sensors can be operated and controlled by an access control system. Standard security measures in combination with these additional forms of protection will make it much more difficult for an intruder or unauthorized employee to access important components of your business without being detected. Each of these security features will require authorization from a form of verification—which can be monitored and documented throughout your access control system. The specific credential that’s required to gain entry to secured areas of your business is completely up to you. Key cards, PIN codes, or even fingerprint scanners can be used to verify authorized employees. Improved Employee Accountability An access control system isn’t only capable of keeping unauthorized personnel off your business property. In addition to securing your property, an access control system can be used to monitor the whereabouts and actions of your employees throughout their work shifts. An access control system can be automated to store activity logs on your business network. As employees use their cards, codes, or fingerprints to gain access to various areas of your property, each verification request will be stored on a hard drive or server for you to view when necessary. Although this feature may sound a bit too “Orwellian” at first, it certainly has its uses throughout the administration of your company. Monitoring employee activity throughout your business property can allow you to verify that certain employee tasks have been performed without even needing to leave your desk. Additionally, you can refer to the logs kept by your control system to verify or invalidate an employee’s account of their daily routine or work habits—which you’ll find incredibly useful when performance reviews come up throughout the year. Reduced Long-Term Security Costs Each time you’ve had to hire an employee, you’ve had to hire a locksmith to create a duplicate of the keys required to traverse your business property. Additionally, each time you’ve had to fire an employee, you’ve arranged for a locksmith to completely rekey the locks throughout your office or warehouse. Although these expenses may not seem very large at the time, they certainly add up—and as more turnover occurs during your businesses’ period of growth, these expenses will only increase. These expenses are a non-issue for access control systems. Key cards, PIN codes, or fingerprints can be added or removed from...

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