Residential Security


    Free-hand drilling of a mortise pocket on a blank door is not recommended by most locksmiths. The use of a simple mortise jig makes the job easier and is more time efficient. PRO-LOK has come up with a neat tool.

    Article • May 1st, 2008

  • 30 Under 30: Automotive Specialist Demetrius Heggs

    For my second interview with a locksmith under 30 years old, I wanted to speak with Demetrius Heggs, owner of All City Locksmith in Philadelphia. He was 29 years old when I first approached him about the interview but I didn’t get to it until...

    Article • May 1st, 2008

  • DVRs: The Workhorse of the Hybrid Digital Video Surveillance

    SPECO’s DVRs are representative of the new breed of cost-effective digital video processing devices which are redefining video surveillance and security.

    Article • April 1st, 2008

  • Product Showcase: April 2008

    A & B Safe The newest addition to A & B Safe’s line of front load depository safes is the WS-6MF featuring the front drop to the lower compartment, allowing the user easy access to the manager compartment at the top of safe. This feature is also...

    Article • April 1st, 2008

  • University of the Pacific Focuses on Security: From Concept to Implementation

    University of the Pacific, located in Central Calif., made a decision to elevate the level of safety and security on their campuses and in their buildings. They faced some challenges due to the unique mix of faculty and students in living and learning...

    Article • April 1st, 2008

  • Marks USA Meets Consumer Demand For Patented Key Control

    Marks' Tri-Level options include the UL-437 high security cylinder, a non-UL cylinder that still offers pick and bump resistance and the economical Security-Mate pin tumbler cylinder that may be operated by the same patented key.

    Article • February 1st, 2008


    Kwikset is offering a large poster for display in locksmith stores. The poster contains an exploded view of the parts which comes in handy if a SmartKey lock should ever need parts or servicing.

    Article • February 1st, 2008

  • Sure-Strike is a Sure Hit

    Sure-Strike is an economical way to upgrade security on existing deadbolts and it can make a profitable addition when installing any new tubular deadbolt.

    Article • January 1st, 2008

  • How Your Showroom Can Boost Your Profits

    A clean showroom stocked with colorful, informative merchandise can add to your bottom line. All you have to do is keep the hooks filled with product.

    Article • December 1st, 2007

  • Perma-Vault Finds Its Niche Developing And Selling Cash Drop Safes

    About 30 years ago Perma-Vault developed the PRO-30 Under Counter Drop Box, a familiar item to many in our industry. The company has grown substantially since then and has managed to be profitable and continue to manufacture products that are relatively...

    Article • December 1st, 2007

  • An Overview of Cylindrical Deadbolts

    The bolt is the heart of the deadbolt. Bolts will vary in diameter, material, construction, length and backset. Smaller bolts will generally be found on lower grade residential locks.

    Article • November 1st, 2007

  • RYTAN ePASS IV: Standalone Electronics for the Home

    This electronic deadbolt is operated without a key. From the outside, a six-digit code is used to operate the Rytan ePass IV. From the inside, a simple thumbturn secures the deadbolt

    Article • October 1st, 2007

  • Making the Grade: DORMA’s Grade 1 D800 Series Deadbolt

    D800 Series deadbolts are manufactured with a stainless steel bolt for strength and corrosion resistance. A steel security shield is designed to prevent “ice pick” attacks

    Article • October 1st, 2007

  • 30 Under 30: Justin Trueland

    When Locksmith Ledger developed the 30 under 30 campaign, my mind began scanning for younger locksmiths working in our industry. Most of the names and faces that came to mind were working for customers of my mine that had been around for a while. Justin...

    Article • October 1st, 2007

  • The Relationship Between Building & Fire Codes

    The primary goal of fire codes is preventing fires, including concerns relating to the exterior portions of the building. The main purpose of the building codes is to protect public health, safety and general welfare as they relate to the construction and...

    Article • October 1st, 2007