Back Page, February 2020

Feb. 3, 2020

Twenty Years Ago

John Grist introduced readers to the Lori L10 high security lock system.  Gale Johnson suggested how key control may a low cost option instead of selling high security lock systems.   Wade Landrum discovered several pick resistant lock systems made by Miwa.  Jerry Levine demonstrated the procedures for rekeying a Mul-T-Lock padlock which used a dimple style key.  Locksmith Ledger sponsored a Van/Mobile Shop contest and the winners were announced in the February 2000 issu. Winners were announced in the pickup, standard van and walk-in van divisions.  Jeff Trepanier provided instructions on removing a Pontiac Grand Am in-dash ignition for key fitting. Part 2 of a series showed how to install a Sargent keypad system.  Jerry Levine reported on the Omnilock OM2000 access control system by OSI.  Where are they now?  Tony Vigil, High Tech Tools, showed instructions for unlocking a Toyota Camry. Lock Butler, a computerized collection of lock catalogs, was the subject of an article. An additional Locksmith Ledger article explained how the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) affects locksmiths.  Milt Wolferseder serviced a Survivor Line fire safe by Sentry.

Ten Years Ago

Jerry Levine interviewed an institutional locksmith who had a unique job at a museum.  Tim O'Leary explained how to integrate security elements in an access control system.  Jerry Levine described products available for security strikes and guard plates.  An installation article was featured using a Glynn-Johnson Sensaguard 280 holder/release.  Tim O’Leary reported on gate lock products.  Gale Johnson outlined the National Guard product line. A sidebar explained how to build LEED points.  Gale Johnson tested the Kwikset Key Control deadbolt which contains two cylinders, one for renters and one for management control. Steve Young serviced the security system on a Chrysler 300C. Emily Pike interviewed Jared Urman, a locksmith in our 30 under 30 series.  Jerry Levine reported on lock systems used by imported miniature, off-road trucks.

Old Time Security

Believe it or not, many brass car era vehicles (1900-1919) did not contain an ignition lock system. A manual on-off switch allowed anyone the start the vehicle. Few cars had electric starters so it still required time and trouble to get the vehicle moving. This was also the era of thin tires and wooden spoked wheels.

Some enterprising company came up with the security device shown in these photos. Width of the device was adjustable with a wrench. The idea was to fit the device around any tire on the vehicle and tighten the notches onto the metal rim of the wheel. A key was then used to prevent the device from being loosened and removed. Once installed, this device was supposed to prevent the wheel from easily rolling.