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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Why have Altic Lock rekey your home or business?

   Rekeying your locks is essential to maintaining key control and access control to your home or business. Whether you have lost a key, had your keys stolen, dismissed a key-carrying employee, or simply don't know for sure who may have keys to your home or business; rekeying restores security.

   Wouldn't it be cheaper to replace the locks? If your time is of little value, you could go to a hardware store and buy cheap locks that may cost less than it would cost to have a professional locksmith rekey your current locks. That would have to include the time and labor to actually replace the locks. When you install the locks, do you know how the lock must be aligned for the deadlatch to operate correctly or for the bolt to extend in order to actually lock in place? When Altic Lock Service rekeys your locks, we check these things, as well as remove any master pins that may be in your current locks. We can identify potential problems, and can often increase security and prevent future problems without replacing the locks.

   Given the value of the people and property you are endeavoring to protect, isn't it worth making sure it is done right? Unfortunately, the latest residential lock offerings at the home stores are of questionable design. Do some research online for customer complaints to see what we mean. In our opinion, the newest locks from the largest lock manufacturers found at the home stores are more toys than locks. While basic pin-tumbler locks have their shortcomings, those of the new "rekeyable" locks are much worse.

   With regard to commercial locks, the cost of a quality commercial-grade lock far exceeds the cost of a rekey. Altic Lock can also advise you on ADA and fire code compliance issues that may save you money in the long run.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fire Exits

Securitech Group, Inc. has a nice photo gallery of fire code violations. Do any of these look familiar?

Don't risk lives. Never add auxiliary locks to a fire exit. If your exit hardware is not working correctly, call Altic Lock Service to repair or replace as necessary.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Indiana State Fair

Again this year, Altic Lock Service has been invited to give a presentation at the Angie's List Resource Center at the State Fair. We are scheduled for Friday, August 12, at 3 pm. We'll post more details as they become available. Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 17, 2011


Again and again, we find that deadlatches are the cause of numerous lock failures When the deadlatch and the strike plate are not aligned properly, failures will occur. The deadlatch plunger may break and fail to provide the protection it adds. Watch the video to learn how check if the deadlatch is working properly on your locks.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Padlocks to match your house keys

Yes, we do carry padlocks that can be keyed to match your house key. If, like many people, you have the drawer full of padlocks without keys or the pile of keys that you are sure go to a padlock somewhere; these are a great item to have. Heavy duty 1 3/4" with a 5/16" shackle or 2" with a 3/8" shackle, for home or business use. Eliminate the little padlock keys cluttering your key ring and never be without the right key for your padlock!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Marion County Prosecutor's Office Landlord Training Seminars

Landlord Training Seminar schedule and information.

"The office’s Landlord Training Program is a free, one-day seminar of instruction for landlords and property managers that provides best practices on preventing and maintaining crime-free properties. During the eight-hour course, landlords learn essential information about screening applicants, preparing rental agreements, spotting signs of drug and gang activity, peacefully resolving crises, and deterring crime though property and ground maintenance."

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Burglary Prevention Forum

June 6 at 6:30 pm at the Woodruff Place Baptist Church, 1739 E Michigan Street (enter off Walcott). Presented by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office Burglary Enforcement Strategy Team. Hosted by the Willard Park of Holy Cross-Westminster Civic Alliance

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Simplex Lock Retrofit

In February, we posted about a class action lawsuit regarding Simplex mechanical code locks. There is now an electronic code retrofit available for the L1000 Series being advertised as an "easy and inexpensive fix to address defeat issues."