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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

 From the team at Out and About Locksmith Canberra, we hope you have a safe and fun weekend! Don’t forget that we are available to help you out, whenever and wherever you need it! Whether it’s an emergency or just upgrading your home security, we can do it at a reasonable price. You can contact us for any other information you need!

 

 

Not Just Doors – What Else Can a Locksmith Do?

Not Just Doors – What Else Can a Locksmith Do?

keys in door

The first thing you think of when you hear the word “locksmith” is doors. You might be surprised to know that a locksmith range of abilities is bigger than you think! Here are a few things that locksmiths can also do.

 

 

Window Locks – just like doors, windows can also have keyed locks on them for added security.

Key Cutting – a locksmith is able to cut many, if not all types of keys available.

Car Locks – locksmiths can get you into your car if you leave the keys in, but also repair the lock, reprogram remote control keys, change flat batteries or just cut another key.

Security Safes – some locksmiths are able to install and repair locks and cut keys for security safes.

The team at Out And About Locksmiths Canberra can do many of the above services, 24 hours a day. Contact us any time to see how we can help!

Canberra’s Best Locksmith

Who is Canberra’s best locksmith company, you ask? Why, we are, of course!

Best Service

Out and About Locksmiths offers the best customer service, at a great price. Our locksmiths go to the utmost effort to ensure a smooth experience when you call us. We always put the customer first. We are available 24/7 to come to you in a lock-related emergency. Our locksmiths are always prompt and reliable, and have the know-how to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Products and Solutions

We have the complete range of lock-related products and solutions. We have everything you need from a simple key, to a lock, transponder key, and more. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve locked yourself out of your house, car, or safe, we can get you back in and get you the keys you need. Have our phone number in your phone just in case you get locked out.

Reputation

Our customers consistently rate us well, due to the fact that every time we offer outstanding customer service and products. There’s no such thing as a situation we can’t handle when it comes to locks and security.

Security

Speaking of security, we can advise on how to best secure your home, and let you know if you have any security weaknesses that you need to address. Not only do we secure your home with the best locks, but we can make it all the more secure by running through our security checklist to make sure your house isn’t a target for thieves.

So whenever you’re locked out, or have another lock or security related issue, don’t hesitate to call us any time of day or night. We’re always here, and we’ve got your back when it comes to locksmithing services.

Click here for more information about Out and About Locksmiths.

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Lost Your Keys?

Lock Emergencies

Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we understand what it’s like when you have a lock related emergency. It might be that you’ve locked your keys in your car, accidentally left your keys in your house, dropped your keys down a drain, had your keys “mysteriously disappear”, left your keys at work, had your bag with your keys in it stolen, or even something crazy like broken a key off in the lock when you were in a hurry.

That’s why we’re on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whenever you need us, we will be there to help you promptly. Make sure you keep our number in your phone so you have the peace of mind of knowing who to contact when this happens.

Other Matters

We’re also there for other less urgent but still important matters. You might need your locks changed, rekeyed, decide you want to have just one key for all the locks in your house, window locks, locks repaired, a new lock for your safe, a new car key, spare keys cut and more. We can help you with all of these issues.

Our staff are friendly and professional, and you can find testament to that on our Google reviews (you can find a link at the top of the page). Our staff are trained to the highest standards so they know exactly how to solve every problem they’re faced with quickly and efficiently. This in turn drives the price down for you, not to mention we’re very competitive already in that way.

We use only the highest quality equipment and tools to make sure the hardware we install is going to last.

When it’s time to call a locksmith, you can spend unnecessary time and energy comparing available locksmiths, or you can simply rely on Canberra’s most trusted and reputable locksmith, Out and About Locksmiths.

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Locksmith Services

Our Services

Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we offer a reliable, professional, friendly locksmith service that’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer a range of locksmith services that include installing locks, rekeying locks, cutting keys – including transponder car keys. We can even rekey car locks and program transponder keys.

We can set up all of your house locks to use the same key. We service Canberra and surrounds. We respond swiftly to your calls.

Locked Out?

Are you locked out of your house? Locked out of your office? Need to get into your safe? Don’t worry, call us and we can get you back in. If you’ve lost your keys, we can make you a new set. If you need a new deadlock, garage lock, or window lock, we can provide. We can also supply master keys and set up security systems. We can install commercial and residential safes and upgrades.

We are an SCEC (Security Construction and Equipment Committee) approved locksmith. The SCEC is a government committee which evaluates security equipment used by government agencies and departments.

We supply and fit door-closers. Our rates are highly competitive. We are a fully insured and licenced locksmith. We even provide an eftpos unit which we bring to you.

About Us

Our pricing can be flexible, especially if you’re a repeat customer. We like to give back a little, which is something you might not find with other locksmiths. Our locksmiths all have a GPS handy, so we’re ensured to get to you quickly and efficiently. You may have encountered questionable locksmiths in the past, but our locksmiths are all police-checked. You can count on the integrity of the staff here at Out and About Locksmiths.

Call us for an obligation-free quote!

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The History of Locks

Ancient Lock Devices

Locks and keys have been around for aeons. In the ruins of Nineveh, the capital of ancient Assyria, the earliest known lock and key were discovered. This kind of lock was developed by the Egyptians – they created a wooden pin lock. This was made of a bolt, key, and door fixture. With insertion of the key, the pins withdrew from the drilled holes within the bolt, allowing the lock to be turned. With no key in the lock, the pins would sit in the bolt, which prevented movement.

Another lock that has been known since antiquity, which is recognisable today, is the warded lock. English craftsmen are said to have invented these all-metal locks between 870 and 900AD. Theodore of Samos is said to have invented the key in the 6th century BC. In Roman times, affluent people frequently kept their valuables in safe boxes within their homes. They would wear the keys as rings on their fingers, to keep the key handy, and to show their wealth.

Modern Lock Devices

When the industrial revolution came in the late 18th century, with it came precision engineering and the standardisation of components. Out of this came locks and keys with more complexity and refinement.

In 1778, Robert Barron perfected the lever tumbler lock. This lock utilises a set of levers which prevents the bolt from moving within the lock. His lock featured a double acting lever, which meant that the lock could not be opened if the lever was moved too far or not enough. This style of lock is still in use.

In 1818, Jeremiah Chubb vastly improved the lever tumbler lock. The Portsmouth Dockyard was burgled, prompting the British Government to proclaim a competition to make a lock that could only be opened with the one and only correct key. Chubb produced the Chubb detector lock, which included an essential security feature that would impede unauthorised attempts at access, and would also show that it had been interfered with. £100 was awarded to Chubb when after three months, a trained lock picker was still unable to pick the lock.

Stay tuned to this blog for more history of locks, brought to you by Out and About Locksmiths.

 

Full Disclosure

The Concept

There is a concept in the lock world known as full disclosure. It entails the full details of a security vulnerability being made public, including how to find and exploit the weakness. The idea behind this is that when a security system’s weakness is exposed, a fix will be put in place faster. This is not only in the name of better security, but also for a better image for security companies. The window of exposure is reduced in this scenario.

History

This issue was first raised in a 19th century controversy about revealing lock system weaknesses to the public.

“A commercial, and in some respects a social doubt has been started within the last year or two, whether or not it is right to discuss so openly the security or insecurity of locks. Many well-meaning persons suppose that the discussion respecting the means for baffling the supposed safety of locks offers a premium for dishonesty, by showing others how to be dishonest. This is a fallacy. Rogues are very keen in their profession, and know already much more than we can teach them respecting their several kinds of roguery.

Rogues knew a good deal about lock-picking long before locksmiths discussed it among themselves, as they have lately done. If a lock, let it have been made in whatever country, or by whatever maker, is not so inviolable as it has hitherto been deemed to be, surely it is to the interest of honest persons to know this fact, because the dishonest are tolerably certain to apply the knowledge practically; and the spread of the knowledge is necessary to give fair play to those who might suffer by ignorance.

It cannot be too earnestly urged that an acquaintance with real facts will, in the end, be better for all parties. Some time ago, when the reading public was alarmed at being told how London milk is adulterated, timid persons deprecated the exposure, on the plea that it would give instructions in the art of adulterating milk; a vain fear, milkmen knew all about it before, whether they practiced it or not; and the exposure only taught purchasers the necessity of a little scrutiny and caution, leaving them to obey this necessity or not, as they pleased.”

A. C. Hobbs (Charles Tomlinson, ed.), Locks and Safes: The Construction of Locks. Published by Virtue & Co., London, 1853 (revised 1868).

 

Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we hope you enjoyed this blog.

Home Security

One of the most common crimes is house break and enters. In many cases this is due to a house having an unlocked window or door.

Security Measures

There is a range of measures you can take to maximise your home security. These methods don’t cost a lot, and can reduce your risk of burglary.

  • Make sure all your doors and windows have key-operated locks, and most importantly, remember to use them!
  • Don’t place spare keys in obvious places like under the doormat.
  • If you have an alarm system, make sure it is working and remember to activate it every time you leave the house. It may seem like a hassle to use it when you’re just popping down to the shops, but is it really worth the risk of getting robbed?
  • Get items of value police engraved or microdotted.
  • Become acquainted with your neighbours. Make sure you have each other’s phone numbers, and watch each other’s homes for suspicious activity. By being observant, you can reduce prowling and loitering. Report this kind of activity to the police.
  • Join the local neighbourhood watch group.
  • Make sure your house is secure even when you are at home.
  • When hiring a gardener or house cleaner, make sure to check their references for reliability.
  • Remove keys from internal doors and windows when you’re not at home.
  • If your alarm system is faulty and goes off frequently, get it fixed immediately, and tell the neighbours that there was a fault. People ignore alarms that go off too often.
  • Make sure salespeople who ask to enter your home are legitimate. You can do this by calling their office.
  • Make it seem like someone’s home when you’re away by leaving a light on or the radio playing. You can use timing devices to add more realism. Turn down the volume on your house phone.
  • Keep keys, cash, and valuables out of sight and well hidden.
  • Don’t leave a note on the door – this is a dead giveaway that the home is vacant.
  • Make sure your house or unit number is clearly visible in case of an emergency.
  • Know alternative ways of exiting your house in case you have an intruder.
  • Call 000 in an emergency, and have other important numbers on speed dial.
  • If your house does get broken into, don’t touch anything so the evidence is not destroyed before the police arrive.

If you do get locked out of your house accidentally, you know you can call Out and About Locksmiths at any time.