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How Locksmiths Began

Ever since man started to place a value on material possessions, there has been a growing need to keep these possessions secure.

Before locksmiths there were blacksmiths who crafted steel and metal objects like armour and swords. Before long an arm of the blacksmith trade grew out into a locksmith profession which grew in popularity with a human need for more security. The locksmith focused their skills on making locks and locking systems to provide for home and commercial security. As with improvements in the configuration of locks there was an improvement in the art of picking locks from criminals. This further fuelled the need for locksmiths who developed more technical locks throughout the 1900s.

Locks and keys were known long before the birth of Christ. They are mentioned frequently in the Old Testament and in mythology. In the Book of Nehemiah, chapter 3, it is stated that when repairing the old gates of the City of Jerusalem – probably in 445 B.C. – they “set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.” They were large and crude in design; yet their principle of operation was the forerunner of the modern pin-tumbler locks of today. At this time, locks were made of wood.

The oldest example of a mechanically lock was found among the ruins of the palace of Khorasabad in Niveveh. This lock has come to be known as an Egyptian door lock, because of it’s widespread use in Egypt. It utilized a crossbar set into two surface mounts that was completely enclosed save for a small opening for the key. Moveable pins were dropped by gravity into cavities on the crossbar and locked the door. As the key was inserted into the lock it would move hidden pins out of the way and allow the crossbar to be removed. This is considered to be the forerunner of the modern pin tumbler style of lock that we use today.
The Greeks used a lock that worked by fastening the wooden bolt and staple to the inside of the door. The key a sickle-shaped wooden or iron key manipulated and lift the bolt. This lock, compare to the latter one provided little security.
The Romans fabricated the first metal lock based on Egyptian principles. They designed pins of various shapes with keys and keyholes. Many of the keys were elaborate designs, such as birds and flowers. They were also invented the ward locks, which with modifications are still very much in use. Wards are projections around the keyhole, which prevented the lock from being turn without the proper key. The roman also fashion miniature keys that could be worn as rings. But ward lock were relatively easy to pick.

Millions of locks were needed to keep this vast and growing mountain of property secure and intact. The locksmith sets about designing locks whose cost and strength linked to the value of what they were protecting. They were kept on their toes by thieves and burglars.
In the 14th century, the locksmith’s guilds became prominent. In order to be accepted as master locksmith, one had to create and submit a working lock and key to the guild. As the guild gained control over locksmiths, including regulating techniques and prices, corruption increased. The result was locks were made to be displayed in the guild hall and not for installation purposes. Consequently, some beautiful locks and keys came into existence with no technological or security advances.

During the 1940s, with the onset of the Second World War, many locksmith specialists became a priceless commodity. The locksmiths who were in business during this era did not have time to process the invention in their field but focus primarily on the war. Many locksmiths were drafted into service while others continued to work as locksmiths during this era.

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Today Locksmiths sell, install, maintain and repair locks and other security devices. They also make copies of keys, replace lost keys and open locks when needed. They have to apply skills in metalwork, woodwork, mechanics and electronics.
Nowadays, locksmith services and the locksmith tools have all undergone tremendous technological advances and sometimes it may seem a bit odd referring to an electronics security specialist as a provider of locksmith services but there is no other technical term. Our modern locksmiths perform electronic lock servicing that ranges from the locks on vehicles with transponders to personal assets of all types including homes, safes, and so on.

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Security Assured

As long as you continue to use traditional keys to secure your workforce site, you can never know how many unauthorized copies have been made, or who is holding them. Keys always work, do you know who accessed your site at 3.00am on a Sunday morning?
In today’s environment, it’s more important than ever to deploy a security locking device with state-of-the-art security features.
A high quality locking system device will enhance the security of your site, it will better protect your revenue-generating equipment.
Whether or not you’ve already experienced theft or vandalism on your premises, your existing, security could be vulnerable.
While you might expect this type of criminal activity from strangers, an alarming amount of damage is done by employees, ex-employees, and outside contractors. You need more than basic features. A simple lock and key system is not a viable security solution. To effectively protect your site, you need to restrict access to authorized personnel only. Traditional keys can’t give you user-level access control, and they can’t provide you with a log of every entry and exit.
Look for an access system that gives you the power to control and monitor each door at your facility independently. You might want to give many users access through the front door, but restrict access to to a central area to just a handful of key staff. This can be achieved by having a CS Evolution networked access control system in place, total state-of-the-art technology.

Solution:

Determining your facilities correct security needs can be tough. We can help you by attending to survey your facility free of charge. We will examine it with you step by step, making sure you don’t miss any opportunities to tighten your security. Our goal is to help you maximize your return on investment while minimizing your expenditure by finding you the right security strategy for your facility. You’ll learn how a security system can cut your costs further down the line and more effectively protect your revenue.

Personal Grantee

In my experience, clients who think hard about cost justification have a much more important concern than just price. They want to make sure that they’re not spending their company’s money on a system that doesn’t work as advertised. That’s smart. You have to be careful when working with security installers, especially someone selling you state-of-the-art technology and does not deliver. Most vendor’s can sell you the equipment and take your money before you have completely tested it, and can’t offer your full support 24/7.

Personally, I think that’s a lousy way to do business. I give all my clients a 30-day guarantee. If my recommended product or installation does not completely do as I say it would and does meet it’s standard as stated in contract of sale (quotation), I will refund you 100% cost with no further questions asked. I also don’t expect you to pay anything for our services until we have proven our security solution works to your satisfaction. If I can’t give you a solution, I don’t want your money, I too seek a peaceful nights sleep.

Very few vendors will make that guarantee. But you need to demand the best level of service from your vendor to ensure that your security installation is 100% successful. My name is Ronnie Srour and have been operating CBD Locksmiths for over 14 successful years. I will be more than happy to speak with you personally at anytime.

My direct mobile number is 0417 468 227 or alternatively click on the contact us page and contact us from the information provided there.