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Please find below, some interesting articles on information about security
and how to keep your valuables and your premises safe and secure.


How To Choose The Right Safe

May 15, 2018
Category: Safes

When choosing a safe, first you should look at what kind of items you want to protect.

You may want to protect jewellery or electronic equipment, or keep documents safe such as passports or a will, or even safely store a firearm. 

Deciding on the type of item you need to protect or safely store will help determine the type of safe best suited for the job.

Different Safes for Different Jobs!

There are three main types of safes: 1) Theft Deterrent, 2) Fire Resistant, and 3) Composite Safes t... Continue reading

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What To Do If Your Premises Gets Robbed

April 15, 2018
Category: Security

First, make sure they’re not still on the premises!

If you can safely, check that the burglar has left, but if you have any doubt or you are alone, then:

Immediately call the police!

In fact, if you suspect the intruder is still inside, call the police from inside your locked car or go to your neighbour’s place and make the call from there. It is above all, imperative that you remain safe. The loss of your belongings is not worth your life! Once safe, the next thing you should do is: 

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What Is Restricted Keying?

January 26, 2018
Category: Keys

Is it the same as a Master Key System?

A Restricted Keying System is also known as a Master Key System and can offer one of the highest levels of security for your premises. A Master Key System comprises a hierarchy of keys each allocated to individuals such as business owners or managers and different groups of key holders such as departmental managers, staff and building maintenance. 

Within this system, higher management can be issued with multi-level access while employees can be issued single door access keys to... Continue reading

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Four Steps To Prevent A Break In

December 30, 2017
Category: Security

Step 1 Hide It!

Don’t leave your valuables in plain sight. If items such as lawnmowers, bicycles and barbeques are left lying around or where they can be easily seen, they can unnecessarily tempt burglars or would-be thieves. Valuable items are best stored out of sight and away from unwanted eyes.
Windows and sliding doors that are screened or curtained can make it difficult for unwanted intruders to see into your premises, discouraging their temptation to break in because they are unsure of what can be quickly grabbed!
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What To Do If Your Key Breaks Off In The Lock

November 30, 2017
Category: Keys

It’s A Snap!

You are standing there, unlocking your front door, the lock feels a bit stiff, you twist the key a little bit, a nasty snapping sound emerges and you extract half a key from your lock leaving the rest behind - to your dismay!! 

Why did this happen?

Over time both locks and keys suffer wear and tear. They can become worn and in the case of the lock can become less lubricated due to dust and dirt particles, rendering them stiffer in their function. Keys too wear thinner with use and therefore make le... Continue reading

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How To Keep The Bogeyman Out

October 30, 2017
Category: Security

... Of Your Stuff This Halloween!

According to age-old folktales, you can keep a vampire out if you don’t invite him or her in, but what about other bad guys?! 

Watch Out For Local Ghouls

It appears most burglars can live locally and will conduct surveillance on homes that they want to target. Typically, they will live only a few kilometres away from your home and take the time to watch your family’s daily schedule. They will also check for signs to see if you are away on a holiday by watching if the mail i... Continue reading

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Should You Lubricate Your Locks?

September 15, 2017
Category: Locks

What To Do In A Sticky Situation - How To Lubricate Your Locks Before They Become A Problem

Sometimes your door lock can ‘stick’, and you can find yourself ‘stuck’ outside, or even inside! Locks can dry out over time and the mechanisms can become ‘sticky’. This can be even more of a problem under certain environmental conditions. The position of a lock on your house can also determine how much maintenance it may need. For example, if a door lock is constantly facing a moist wind, ‘muddy’ dirt can be attracted causing the lock to be... Continue reading

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What Does A Locksmith Do?

August 15, 2017
Category: Security
Key Duties Of A Locksmith

Ever since people decided they needed to lock up their possessions and locks and keys were invented, there have been people available to install and service security devices, and as such the role of the Locksmith was born.

Locksmiths are quite well known for a role of lock-picking or unjamming locks, but their duties also extend to include a wide range of services. When you think about it, locks are needed and installed most everywhere. 

Locksmiths are skilled and trained professio... Continue reading

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Can Safes Be Easily Cracked - How Safe Is A Safe?

July 15, 2017
Category: Safes
How Do You Open A Safe Without The Combination?

Safe Cracking in its purest form is an age old art. Traditional safe crackers rely on an intimate method of lock manipulation to open a safe without force. This process involves discovering the combination through sound or ‘feeling’ the mechanical actions of the lock within the safe. A stethoscope can be used to hear the subtle sounds of the lock’s movement or physical resistance can be felt as the wheels within the lock move. 

This technique is favoured when attempting... Continue reading

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Vehicle Theft Up By 24% In Qld - Is Your Car Safe?

June 15, 2017
Category: Vehicles
Where’s My Car?!

According to research undertaken by Car Safe Quick Stats, from the first quarter of this year to the preceding 12 months, 57,173 vehicles (including cars, trucks and motorcycles) have been stolen across Australia. This equates to approximately 156 vehicles a day being taken by planned or opportunistic thieves. Of these statistics, 10,616 vehicles were taken in Queensland, which was an increase of 24% from the prior year of 2016 in the same corresponding period.

Other comparable states were Victoria with 19,3... Continue reading

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The Mystery Of Remote Keyless Systems

May 15, 2017
Category: Vehicles
Ever Wondered How Remote Controlled Keys Work?

The term remote keyless system (RKS), also called keyless entry or remote central locking, refers to a lock that uses an electronic remote control as a key. Entry is activated by a handheld device (remote controlled key) when in close proximity, usually within 5 to 20 metres of the vehicle.

One Trillion Possibilities! 

Inside the key fob, or these days, in the head of the key, there is a small transponder chip (about the size of a pea) that creates the code which is transmit... Continue reading

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How To Care For Your Doorware

April 15, 2017
Category: Locks
Working Parts & Special Finishes

Doorware such as Door Handles, Locks, Knobs, Latches and Cylinders are usually made with superior quality materials and can have working parts and finishes that require special care and maintenance. Special problems can arise if these items are not carefully or correctly maintained. Certain products require constant maintenance or they will unfortunately appear to oxidize. Another problem is that with incorrect cleaning, cylinder damage of the lock can happen.
Cleaning Doorware
Manufactu... Continue reading
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Love Your Locks

March 15, 2017
Category: Locks
Don’t Get Caught Out

Your locks and latches may not be on your radar as part of your home that needs maintaining, but over time as the metal components inside your locks wrestle with each other, your locks can become worn and stiff, and before you know it you can be caught out with a lock that’s completely jammed. 

Not only can this become expensive, but when you need to use them in an emergency, a breakdown can tend to be at the most inconvenient of times.

It’s A Hard Life

Usually with little or no main... Continue reading

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Security Underfoot With An In-Floor Safe

February 15, 2017
Category: Safes

Hide Your Valuables

In-Floor or Underfloor safes are ideal for discretely storing your valuables and cash. They can be fitted with a good quality key lock or a number spin combination lock, and are usually reinforced with a hardened steel anti-drill plate. Some safes also include locking pins or indirect locking bolt-work which can make jacking or prising open the door very difficult. Today, safes are designed and constructed using the latest materials and technological techniques for extra strength to hinder a thief’s attac... Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Workplace Safe!

January 15, 2017
Category: Security
Back To Work, Are You Secure?

The first thing anyone sees when approaching your place of business is the front entrance. The security of the premises can be quickly accessed by observing the type or position of lockware, the structure of the door, the obvious signs of security devices. A professional thief can quickly analyse these things to decide whether ‘the job’ will be easy to achieve.

Would-be thieves, and not just professionals, can usually quickly identify any door that is not professionally secured as an easy target to... Continue reading

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How To Make It Harder For Thieves In The Holidays!

December 15, 2016
Category: Locks
But still easy for Santa!

Locks, locks, locks! Locks are your first line of defence! But what about your window locks, and sliding door locks?!

In most homes, windows are potentially the weakest security link. Thieves after an easy target, notably take full advantage of this knowledge with most premises being accessed more often through windows rather than doors.

While people pay a lot of attention to door locks, carefully choosing deadlocks and other security systems such as security doors, they quite often miss t... Continue reading

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Emergency Locksmithing, What to Do When You Need It!

November 15, 2016
Category: Locks
What Do You Do When You Need a Locksmith in a Hurry?

What do you do if you find yourself locked out of your home or your car - or even your office or your storage shed? How do you achieve access in a hurry, especially if you need to be somewhere quickly, or are unfortunately left standing outside in the rain? Some research beforehand could go far to alleviate the stress and pain of being locked out!

How Do You Do Choose a Reputable Locksmith?

Security of your precious items (including loved ones) is a paramount require... Continue reading

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Should Wedding Photos Be Kept in a Fire Resistant Safe?

October 15, 2016
Category: Safes

What is a Fire-Resistant Safe?

Fire resistant safes come in different sizes, allowing for efficient use of space, for extra home or office security. The body and door contains high quality steel and a penetration resistant concrete composite. Hardened steel fire resistant safes are secured with a solid thick steel plate door and secondary re-locking devices. The interior walls are lined with thick fire retardant panelling, which provide for 30 minutes of protection from fire for your valuables and important documents.

How... Continue reading

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Do You Have Equipment That Is At Risk Of Being Stolen?

September 15, 2016
Category: Security

High-risk equipment at high risk of being stolen

In your yard or your shed, do you have expensive equipment that, when you really think about it, could be easily stolen by an opportunistic thief or a planned breach of your premises? Do you have items such as trailers, mowers, motorcycles, dirt bikes, generators, a boat or even wheelie-bins that could be at risk of theft? If your items or equipment are not held down securely, it may be very easy for a thief to easily take them.

An unsecured safe can be easily stolen

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The Value of a Registered Security Key

August 15, 2016
Category: Keys

An Important Key is Lost

The other day, a lady and her child were seen looking for a lost key in the skate park. It was quite important to find the key as it belonged to her work premises. She was most likely at her wits end, not only for the inconvenience but also for the security of her work premises!

A Good Citizen Finds and Hands In the Key

Later a key was found and an image of it posted on facebook onto the local Crime Watch page in hope of finding the owner. As it was a security key, information of the loc... Continue reading

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