The story of locks and keys goes back into antiquity, having even been mentioned in the ancient scriptures of the Old Testament. According to Sclage’s History of Locks, a form of mechanical lock made from wood was in use by the Egyptians about 4,000 years ago, and the first all-metal locks appear between 870 and 900AD. Other forms of locking and security over the centuries included the use of complex knots, padlocks which were useful for their portability, Roman ‘wards’ (for warding-off intruders) which were composed of fixed projections in a lock, and ornamental German castle locks dating between the 14th and 17th centuries.
The purpose of locks today has not changed from ancient times, even if the process of manufacturing has. In past times locksmiths made locks individually. Today of course locks and parts are able to be mass-produced; and modern locksmiths are involved in installing high-quality locking systems, and more advanced forms of security such as key controlling systems, electronic lock services and access control for businesses. Today’s methods of securing property have become far more sophisticated with the use of pin-pads, swipe cards, infra-red detectors, surveillance systems and monitored alarms just to name a few.
Good security, of course, starts at home! While living in Melbourne is generally pretty good by world standards, one of the troubles is that, if you are living the good life, it may also mean that you are not the only one who is interested in your hard-earned possessions!
Security and safety of your home and possessions is increased by installing deadlocks or dead-latches on front and back doors, fixing security doors, bolts on windows and sliding doors, padlocks on outside sheds and gates, utilising monitored alarms, timed internal light switchers, sensor lights, and locking valuables in a safe. It’s also a good idea to ‘advertise’ your security with stickers indicating that your place is alarmed and/or that your valuables are identification-marked.
Business / commercial security:
Commercial security is important to protect your business and also to provide a safe working environment. Commercial protection often involves creating several layers of security for people to gain access to the business premises and/or equipment or data.
Methods for commercial protection include building access control such as swipe cards, electronic locks and intercoms; alarm and surveillance systems, CCTV, restricted key systems, high security door locks, fire-rated safes for cash and valuables, window grilles, identification-marking, and maintenance of key-control systems. Within the premises there are other means of protection such as passwords and codes for use of computers, safes and other equipment.
Over the decades car theft has been another problem and cars now come equipped with alarms, disabling systems such as immobilisers or wheel locks, steering locks, programmed electronic keys or even cameras and tracking systems!
TOPLOCK Locksmiths are able to provide domestic and commercial security advice, and also operate a 24/7 emergency service if you are locked out of your home, business premises or car. They provide their services in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs up to 30kms from the city centre.
TOPLOCK’S locksmith services include installation and repair of all types of security devices including deadlocks, alarm systems, restricted master key systems, rekeying, key cutting, window locks, access control systems, heavy-duty padlocks, roller-door and gate locks, safes, key cabinets and commercial and fire grade security locks. TOPLOCK are also able to program transponder car keys, which saves time in going to the car dealer.
Call TOPLOCK today for a fast quote or to speak to an expert for advice on your domestic and commercial security requirements.