Monthly Archives: June 2011

When to rekey your locks

Whether for a home or a business, it is always a good idea to have the locks rekeyed any time their is a change of ownership. Even the first owners should have the locks rekeyed since any number of contractors may have had access to the keys. Many home builders use construction master-keyed locks. While the use of the homeowner’s key will prevent the future use of the contractor’s key, the problem is that many of these locks still contain master pins which would allow still other keys to operate the locks.

For homeowners, it is suggested that the locks be rekeyed any time you cannot account for all known copies of the key, whether the key has been lost, stolen, or simply misplaced. Never hand your house keys over to anyone you do not intend to allow in your home. When you give your keys to a mechanic, or even a valet, only give them the vehicle key they require. If you have children in the home or frequently allow access to your home to others, an electronic lock may be a good investment. Codes can be easily changed whenever desired. Some locks allow for the use of temporary or single-use codes as well.

When you have Altic Lock Service rekey your locks, we will remove any master pins. We will also check for proper operation of deadlatches and deadbolts. We can also make several other recommendations to improve your home’s security. Be sure to ask for a copy of the National Crime Prevention Council brochure on securing doors and windows when we service your locks.

For businesses, at least the entry locks should be rekeyed any time there is a change in key-carrying personnel. Only employees that absolutely need the entry key should be allowed to possess it at any time. While masterkeyed locks are common in larger facilities, the entry locks should not be a part of that system. Aside from the fact that a lost or stolen key would necessitate rekeying many, if not all, locks; you do not want entry locks to contain master pins because they are then more susceptible to picking and bumping.

Altic Lock Service can also improve your business’s security by installing cylinder and/or latch guards. We can also advise you on ADA and fire code compliance issues.


Fire Exits

Securitech Group, Inc. has a nice photo gallery showing fire code violations. If any of these look familiar, contact Altic Lock Service to repair, replace, or install the proper exit hardware on your doors. Don’t risk lives. These photos are from the Securitech gallery:

Altic Lock Service at the State Fair

Altic Lock Service is pleased to announce we will again be giving a presentation at the Angie’s List Resource Center at the Indiana State Fair on Friday, August 12th at 3 pm.

“A Homeowner’s Guide to Residential Door Security”

Get the most out of your locks and door hardware. This guide to residential door security describes how to make the door, lock, and wall act as a single unit to best defend against forcible entry.
Common lock problems are addressed, and solutions provided. Door construction and installation is addressed. Proper lock installation and operation are detailed, as are simple steps to take in order to reinforce the weakest points.

About the author:
Barry Campbell is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He has worked in private security, investigations, and loss prevention. He is the owner of Altic Lock Service in Indianapolis, Indiana and is a working locksmith.
Barry is a member of the Society of Professional Locksmiths and is devoted to the protection of lives and property. In “Residential Door Security,” he uses his experience to point out common problems found in new construction as well as older homes.


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Top Three Lock Problem Videos

The deadlatch on entry doors is often the weakest part of a lock, especially on the types of locks vailable directly to consumers at hardware stores. Not only are they often a cause of lock problems, but frequently aren’t installed correctly to start with. View this video to learn about how a deadlatch should work:

Deadbolts only work correctly if installed properly. If the bolt binds or does not extend fully, it is probably not offering the security it is designed to provide. View this video to learn how a deadbolt should work:

If you live in a single-builder community, there may be more keys to your home than you are aware of. It is a good idea to have your locks rekeyed any time there is a change of ownership, even if you are the first owner! View this video to learn why:

Altic Lock Service

Altic Lock Service is a residential and commercial locksmith service in Indianapolis, IN.  Owner, Barry Campbell, is a certified locksmith, a member of the Society of Professional Locksmiths, and author of “A Homeowner’s Guide to Residential Door Security”. Altic Lock Service has been protecting its customers and securing their property since 2005. Call us at (317) 490-1469!