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A Few Facts
  • 80% of residential burglaries happen using the victim's front door
  • 50% of burglaries will leave your locks with no evidence of forced entry (using methods like lock picking, key bumping, unauthorized keys or other devices which leave no outward marks)
  • There is a chance of 1 to 6 that your home will be burglarized
  • About two thirds of burglaries happen in daytime
  • A burglary occurs every 13.7 seconds in the U.S.
Something to Consider
  • Do your current locks provide physical protection against lock picking, key bumping, drilling or other forced entry attempts?
  • Has your security been tested recently?
  • Has anyone other than family / co-workers had access to your keys in the last year?
  • Are your keys protected against unauthorized key duplication without I.D. verification?
Security Tips
  • Choose solid wood or steel doors. A hollow wood door can be easily kicked in.
  • Entrance doors should have multiple locking points (e.g. deadbolt + door knob).
  • If there is a glass window 40 inches or less from a lock, install a double sided cylindrical lock.
  • Locks must be re-keyed or changed after you move in.
  • Keep doors, windows and vulnerable areas well lit at night. Consider using automatic timers or motion detectors for turning lights on and off.
  • Choose a high quality deadbolt and make sure it's locked at all times, even when you're home. The bolt should extend for at least 1 inch into the strike plate.
  • Secure all windows and sliding glass doors with a secondary security bar.
  • When away from home, never make it obvious: leave lights and a stereo / T.V. working, ask a neighbor to park his car in your driveway, ask a friend to pickup your mail and newspaper. To a burglar it means you're home.
  • In apartment buildings, always make sure common area doors are locked and secure; allow lobby access only to individuals you know.
  • In office buildings or work places with security levels a Master Key System can offer different access level to different individuals.
  • Remove trees and branches next to your home to prevent access to the second floor.

Most people in both Residential and Commercial environments think their locks are enough to keep the bad guys out. They also don't know that there are simple, relatively low-cost high security lock systems out there that make a huge difference in the security of your home or business.
Here are a few areas where the most commonly used locking mechanisms offer little or no protection for the consumer.

Key BUMPING & Lock Picking

Spies and secret agents on TV used to use skeleton keys to enter into any door. But you may not realize, these keys exist today. And criminals in your neighborhood may have access to them. Key Bumping is a very low-tech crime that, with the help of online websites, takes very little training and practice.
With a set of bump keys bought off of the Internet for as little as $30, bad guys can enter your home, mimicking your lock, and leaving NO EVIDENCE of entry.

The solution

Mul-T-Lock cylinders high-security locks provided by your locksmith service professional provide two independent locking mechanisms operated by a single specially designed Mul-T-Lock key. Your locks will be practically impossible to pick and no longer vulnerable to the infamous bump key.

Lock Service Tools

Unauthorized Duplication
  • The Mul-T-Lock patented key system offers total key control. The Mul-T-Lock ID Card is given to you with your initial order. Your personal information will be securely kept on file, and keys can be requested in the future only by you and with your Mul-T-Lock ID Card. Give yourself peace of mind knowing there aren't any unauthorized keys floating around.
  • Did you know there are tens of thousands of places where you can get a key duplicated in this country? How many locksmith shops, hardware stores, malls, and shipping/mailbox stores do you have in your area? They all have key duplicators. Without a key control system, you cannot be sure who has keys or how many keys have been made for your locks.
Forced Entry
  • To protect from this type of physical attack, we use Mul-T-Lock cylinders along with the Mul-T-Lock ISO9001 Grade 1 Deadbolt, the industry's highest grade lock.
  • Thieves often force the door in or pry it open. They also resort to physically attacking the lock by drilling, hammering, wrenching or sawing the bolt.
  • This combination is built to withstand the demands of the toughest commercial applications, but is also highly recommended for residential use. Mul-T-Lock cylinders are drill-resistant. Features of the ISO9001 deadbolt include:

    1. Solid brass or bronze rotating trim rings
    2. Solid steel doorframe reinforcer with 3 screws to protect against kick-in attack
    3. Bolts are made of a strong steel alloy, containing a hardened steel roller to prevent cutting or sawing
    4. Steel balls cover mounting screws to protect against drilling

We carry high security cylinders that retrofit into almost any commercial or residential lockset, which allows us to convert any lock into one that has added security. Why take the risk when a quick upgrade can give you pick, drill and bump resistance as well as key control?


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