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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.

BSides Canberra

If you’re in the security industry or just interested in security in general, you should get along to the BSides Canberra conference.

What is BSides?

“Each BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members.  The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time.  It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening.” – securitybsides.com

BSides Canberra Conference

BSides Canberra is an annual two-day security conference. It is open for discussion and debate to security professionals, academics, hackers, and hobbyists.

BSides General Admission includes:

  • Two days of single-track security presentations and interactive workshops
  • Opportunity to participate in the Capture-the-Flag (CTF) competition
  • Access to Physical security area including – Hardware, Wireless, Lockpicking & Tamperproof
  • Breakout areas and licensed bar for socialising & networking
  • Free T-shirt
  • Electronic badge
  • Conference booklet & sticker
  • Entry to the Friday night conference party
  • Entry to the Saturday night conference party

Lockpicking Workshop

If you’re interested in the workings of locks and security devices, this workshop should appeal to you. The workshop focuses on the operation of fundamental physical security hardware and its weaknesses. It is a physical security demonstration and participation area.
You can learn about lock vulnerabilities and try lockpicking on locks of various levels of difficulty. There will also be the chance to compete in the Australian BSides lockpicking competition.

Tamper Evident Workshop

There will be a new workshop at this year’s BSides – Tamper Evident Workshop. This focuses on “Tamper Evident Seals”, which are security mechanisms designed to show if someone has accessed something or somewhere without authorisation. The workshop will provide tamper evident seals for participants to try their hands at bypassing. Different methods will be explored, such as physical attacks with precision instruments, or chemical solvents. This area of security is often overlooked and BSides aims to further develop security measures to make our information and premises safer.

More information about BSides Canberra can be found here.

How to Look After Your Keys and Locks

Ever wondered how to properly look after your keys and locks? Here’s how.

Look Out for Extreme Temperatures

Very high or low temperatures can cause problems with locks. This is due to the fact that extreme temperatures cause metals to expand or contract. When it’s very hot, the lock, key, and door frame can expand, making the lock difficult to turn. One thing you can do to avoid this is to lubricate your locks on a regular basis. If your lock is properly fitted to the door frame, this will lessen the chances of any issues.

Clean The Locks

Over time, dirt and debris builds up in the lock. This can make it a lot harder to open. Compressed air blown into the lock is one solution, but for a deeper clean, take off the cover and use a brush to remove any foreign matter.

Don’t Force It

Sometimes a lock won’t turn easily. If this is the case, don’t try to use force. You might bend the lock mechanism and your key. If this happens, the problem will get worse. If your lock doesn’t respond to gentle pressure, maybe it’s time to call us.

Clean Your Keys

A dirty key makes a dirty lock. Eventually it will become damaged, and jam. Avoid this by wiping down your keys from time to time, and try not to store them where they will gather dust.

Check Your Door Position

Sometimes doors can hang down and sit in the wrong position. If a lock’s bolt is incorrectly aligned with the hole, this can damage it in time. If your lock rubs or grinds when you turn it, this might be a sign that your door’s out of position. If it’s only a minor misalignment, you can file the hole slightly. Otherwise it’s time to adjust your door.

Contact Out and About Locksmiths for any help and advice regarding these issues.

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Car Keys – Being Prepared

Will You Lose Your Car Keys?

We all tell ourselves that we will never lose our car keys – or lock them inside our car. You might have a great system of reminders in place, but unfortunately, sometimes the unthinkable happens. A distraction at the wrong moment might be all it takes – or sometimes, you don’t even know how something goes missing, it just does. It might not even be you that loses the keys or locks them in the car – it could be a family member or a friend. Sometimes these things are out of our control. The question is – will you be prepared for the worst?
If you lose your car keys or lock them in your car, it could cause all kinds of upsets in your life. For example: Getting to work late, getting stranded, missing important appointments, leaving other people stranded, or having important items stuck in the car.
What if you lose your car keys or lock them in your car on a bad day when you’ve just spent all your money on bills, and you can’t afford a locksmith? You’d be facing a huge problem. No one can afford being without their car.

What is the solution?

To avoid all the aforementioned problems, you should get a backup car key made. Did you know that Out and About Locksmiths can copy transponder keys (transponder keys are special car keys made for most post 1995 cars that switch off an engine immobiliser)? We can also code new car remotes, so don’t worry, that one key doesn’t have to be the only one. Having a spare key in your wallet, bag, or hidden under the car would make all the difference. If you take action and contact us today, you could save yourself from a world of grief tomorrow.

Our Certification

Out and About Locksmiths are a Locksmiths Guild of Australia Inc. member and a Security Construction Equipment Committee (SCEC) approved locksmith.

Locksmiths Guild of Australia Inc.

The Locksmiths Guild of Australia Inc. is a trade association which provides multiple services and support to its members. It involves its members to develop and promote the craft of locksmithing through the exchange of knowledge and ideas, mutual education, and cooperation. It represents the interests of its members by dealing with regulatory and/or legislative bodies and suppliers. It aims to ensure that its members maintain the highest possible ethical standards.

The Locksmiths Guild of Australia has a code of practice its members must abide by. The code’s aim is to make sure high professional standards are upkept, that legal requirements are fulfilled, and to enhance the image and reputation of locksmiths and the locksmith trade. Members must comply with this code.

Security Construction and Equipment Committee

The SCEC “is a standing inter-departmental committee responsible for the evaluation of security equipment for use by Australian Government departments and agencies. SCEC is also responsible for the SCEC Security Zone Consultant scheme, SCEC Approved Locksmith scheme, and SCEC endorsed Courier scheme.
The equipment evaluation program and consultant, locksmith and courier schemes are managed by ASIO’s T4 Protective Security directorate.
SCEC reports to the Attorney-General’s Protective Security Policy Committee which was established by the Australian Government to develop and establish guidelines for the protection of Australian Government resources.”

SCEC Approved Locksmiths “maintain mechanical and digital combination locks fitted to SCEC approved containers (listed in the SEEPL)” (Security Equipment Evaluated Product List). The SCEC “also recommends approved locksmiths are used to install locks and associated hardware in PSPF Security Zones 4 and 5” (Protective Security Policy Framework).

Only fit and proper people who meet the SCEC’s criteria are approved.

Out and About Locksmiths are certified the highest quality and trustworthy. Contact us today for a range of locksmith and security services.

What is a Transponder Key?

The Key

A transponder key is a car key with an inbuilt chip that is needed to deactivate an engine immobiliser. Most cars post-1995 have these immobilisers.

The engine control unit (ECU) of the car sends an electronic message to the key when the ignition is turned to on or run. The car will only start if it receives the correct message back from the key.

The Technology

Transponder is the words “transmitter” and “responder” combined. The word emerged at around 1945. A transponder is a small electronic chip that has what’s called “non-volatile memory” which doesn’t need constant electricity for data retention. A transponder also features a set of windings, or coil, which is made of fine wire wrapped around a tube – similar to the windings in an electric motor.

Basically, there are two kinds of transponders – electric coupled systems, and magnetic coupled systems. Electric coupled systems can transmit data anywhere from a few inches to many miles, such as those used in aeroplanes and satellites. They require significant amounts of constant energy to function. Magnetic coupled systems, in contrast, are passive – they do not need constant energy or a power source. They transmit and receive data on the 125kHz bandwidth. Because they are unpowered, they have a limited transmission range – anywhere from 1 to 15 centimetres. This radio transmission can penetrate certain materials such as the plastic surrounding the chip built into a car key.

How it Works

Most car transponder chips have a similar process for key identification. There is an induction coil mounted around the ignition lock that generates an electromagnetic field when a key is inserted into the ignition and turned. The windings in the key absorb that energy and use it to power the transponder chip which then emits the code signal to the ECU. The signal is most often an alphanumeric code. This process allows the electronic components in the car to function which in turn allows the engine to start or continue running.

Transponder keys can be cut and programmed using our special equipment here at Out and About Locksmiths.

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