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Why Install Home Security Cameras

Why Install Home Security Camera

cctv camera, security camera Technology has come a long way very quickly, especially when it comes to home security. Ten to 15 years ago, only higher income homes would have security cameras installed. These days, buying and setting up a home security camera is fast, easy and affordable. While a cheaper system might not have every bell or whistle, it can do a perfectly adequate job of protecting your home. Camera systems can also be known as surveillance or CCTV. Here are a few things to consider when installing a security camera in and around your home.

  • Find out the areas that a camera would be most beneficial. Obviously, you can have more than one installed but it would be a bit hard to get the whole 360 degrees of your house under camera guard. Look for hiding spots that could be missed by the naked eye. These areas are where an opportunistic thief could take advantage of not being seen.
  • Be aware of privacy laws. Where you position your camera could have an effect on your neighbours’ privacy.
  • You might require inside security cameras as well, which can add to the cost, but also the security of your home.
  • When in doubt, get a professional to give guidance. This will ensure your system complies with laws and gives max protection.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this brief overview of home security cameras. Don’t forget, if you ever have an issue with locks as part of your system, you can give Out and About Locksmiths Canberra a call any time. Contact us now.

Amanda Palmer to Play Canberra

Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls fame is set to play the Canberra Theatre Centre on Saturday March the 4th. You might remember The Dresden Dolls – they are a duo of Drums and Piano, featuring rich melodic almost punk-esque songs, centring on Amanda’s powerful voice. She is also known for her work in the duo Evelyn Evelyn.

The Show

Palmer is returning with a solo performance, featuring piano and ukulele. She is taking it back to basics with a stripped-down approach this tour. Her shows are known to have a burlesque or cabaret feel. Some call her the “Queen of Punk Cabaret”.

She will be playing Dresden Dolls classics, fan favourites, and all-new material. The tour is following a mixed period in her life, having given birth to her son, tragically lost close friends, achieved a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, and released her memoir “The Art of Asking”.

History

She was born in New York, and grew up in Lexington Massachusetts. Before starting The Dresden Dolls, she busked for a living as a statue called “The Eight Foot Bride”.

Palmer met Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione at a Halloween party in the year 2000. She integrated drama into their shows by inviting Lexington High School students to perform acts while they played. This eventually became The Dirty Business Brigade which was a troupe of a mixture of experienced and novice actors who performed at many Dresden Dolls shows.

After gaining some cult popularity by 2002, they recorded their self-titled album, and were subsequently picked up by Roadrunner Records.

Palmer wrote a musical called The Onion Cellar, based on a short story from The Tin Drum by Günter Grass. The Dresden Dolls performed the show alongside The American Repertory Theater in 2006 and 2007. Palmer has been a prolific artist for many years now and it would pay off to see her performing her music live in concert. Tickets from Canberra Theatre Centre. Don’t miss it!

 

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.

Read more about us at Locksmith Canberra.

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.

Locksmithing

General Information

In most countries, the traditional trade of locksmithing requires the completion of an apprenticeship. The formal education level varies depending on the country – from a simple training certificate awarded by an employer to a full diploma from an engineering college. Locksmiths come in a variety of types: commercial (working from a storefront), mobile (working from a vehicle), institutional, or investigational (forensic locksmiths). They may be specialists in one aspect of the skill, like automotive lock specialists, master key system specialists, or safe technicians. Many locksmiths are also security consultants, however not all security consultants have the knowledge and skills of a locksmith.

In the past, locksmiths repaired or constructed entire locks, including their parts, however, with the advent of cheap mass-production, this has become less common. Most locks are simply replaced if damaged. This excepts most high-security safes and strongboxes. Locksmiths also frequently work on existing door hardware such as door closers, frame repairs, electric strikes, and hinges. They also service electronic locks, for example making transponder keys for vehicles, and implementing access control systems.

While fitting and replacement of keys is still an important aspect of locksmithing, these days locksmiths are mainly involved in the installation of high quality lock sets, and the management, implementation, and design of keying and key control systems. Locksmiths are frequently needed to ascertain the level of risk to an institution or an individual, and then advise and implement correct combinations of policies and equipment to create a security layer that surpasses the reasonable threat of a potential intruder.

Out and About Locksmiths

Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we offer a mobile locksmithing service that is available 24/7. We install locks, cut keys, advise about security systems and general home security, cater to commercial clients, cut car keys (including transponders), and we are an SCEC approved locksmith. Contact us today!

New High-Security Lock from The Australian Lock Company

BiLock Exclusive

The widely recognised BiLock high-security master key system has been improved.

The Australian Lock Company has been a leader in security since 1980, and it has been the leading choice for high-security installations such as the Royal Australian Mint, international airports, Las Vegas casinos, Bank of America, military and security establishments, and industrial and civic sites.

Fewer keys are needed with this system, which means lower costs for security administrators.

It is recognised by the official government security advisor, the Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC).

Uses and Features

The BiLock can be used for almost any lock in your organisation, including your existing lock hardware. It’s unbeatably economical.

Master locksmith Mr Brian Preddey, the inventor, has devised additional 14th and 15th elements, meaning that the BiLock’s 16.8 million combinations are protected with two unique codes. Exclusive factory-allocated codes allow unprecedented key control and ultimate security.

It is protected against imitation or replication by a 20-year patent.

Its applications include door locks, padlocks, rim locks, switchlocks, mortise cylinder locks, cabinet locks, and more.

You can easily upgrade your earlier BiLock sites to BiLock exclusive.

Its lock core can quickly be changed due to the re-engineered next-generation Quick Core Change key. This drastically reduces the length of a breach due to lost keys or other incidents, and provides top security at greatly reduced maintenance and servicing costs.

It comes standard with a high-tensile steel anti-drill barrier, in compliance with AS4145.2. 22 keyhead colour options are available, as well as compatibility with electronic access control systems. The keyhead colour options can be used in 8500 combinations for secure key identity. MiFare chips can be installed in the keyheads for integration into access control systems.

Constant innovation and development has built a global reputation for The Australian Lock Company’s high security products.

We stock BiLock here At Out and About Locksmiths.