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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thinking Outside the (Big) Box

There was an interesting article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. We agree that the deadbolt lock is the heart of residential security, and that the door, lock, and frame must work as a single unit to provide the greatest security. But the article kind of falls apart when the manufacturers' representatives get their words in. For instance, the article states that, "Schlage and Kwikset both offer locks that are numerically programmed, eliminating tumblers that can be picked." The electronic locks eliminate nothing. Locks from both manufacturers still have mechanical key overrides. There is nothing wrong with that, but the statement in the article leaves the wrong impression. Electronic locks provide greater convenience, not security. It was also interesting that the article says the representatives spoke highly of rekeyable locks. Schlage has already issued a press release that they would discontinue those products at the end of this year.

Regardless, the sad part is that these companies are the ones that the media turns to for information on security. True, they sell the most product, mainly because they market low-priced products through the big box stores. They also provide the most ornate designs and the greatest variety of finishes. It is also true that you could do worse, with some of the other brands offered through normal retail channels. But locksmiths have access to products not available directly to the consumer that offer greater value, quality, and security. Altic Lock Service recommends Arrow brand products for residential use and most commercial applications. Simply put, you are not going to find the best locks at the big box stores.

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