• A Brief History of Locks

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    Estimated to be approximately 4,000 years old, the oldest known lock was discovered in the Khorsabad palace ruins close to Nineveh. The technology behind this lock used a large wooden bolt to secure a door containing several holes in its upper surface. Wooden pegs filled these holes in order to prevent the bolt from being opened.

    In 1857, James Sargent created the first successful key-changeable combination lock, which became incredibly popular with the United States Treasury Department. A number of years later in 1916, a former New York City police officer named Samuel Segal invented the jimmy proof lock. Another huge advancement in lock technology came in 1921, when Harry Soref patented an improved version of the padlock, which was constructed of layers of material. Each of these inventions greatly contributed to the state of the art locking technology that is relied on around the world to secure valuable assets.

    Would you like to learn more about your Orlando safe and lock security options? Call Armstrong Lock & Security Products at (321) 800-4982.

  • How to Protect Your Home When You Vacation This Summer

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    Escaping to somewhere a little less humid is something that many Floridians love to do in the summertime. One of the only downsides to a summer getaway is the unease that means leaving one’s home unattended. While there may not be anything you can do to make your home 100% burglar proof, the following home perimeter and access control tips can provide you with considerable peace of mind as you prepare to get away from Orlando for a few weeks.

    Employ a Neighbor’s Help
    Ask someone you can trust to look after your home. Have this person collect your newspaper and mail so that they do not pile up, tipping prospective burglars off to the fact that you are not home. Politely request that your trustworthy neighbor alerts you of any suspicious activity that he or she sees on your property while you are away.

    Check Your Locks
    Make sure your locks and the doors they are designs to lock are in good repair. For additional peace of mind, hire a locksmith to upgrade your doors with high security locks.

    Showcase Your Home’s Security System
    A video monitoring system is a great asset to any residential burglar defense strategy. Even if you do not have or want to spend the money on a home security system, you can advertise that your home is monitored by CCTV cameras.

    Time Your Lights
    Set your home’s exterior and landscaping lighting so that they come on automatically in the evening. This is just one of many measures you can take to deceive burglars into thinking you are home when you are not.

    Lock Up Your Valuables
    Invest in a safe, which can provide you with an extra layer of protection for your most valuable and irreplaceable possessions. You may also want to use it for the safekeeping of commonly burglarized items , such as laptops, jewelry, cameras and other electronics, and firearms.

    If you would like for your upcoming summer vacation to be both a physical and mental departure from Orlando, Armstrong Lock & Security Products can help you beef up your home’s burglar defense before you take off. To speak with an experienced locksmith about our high quality home safes and access control systems , call (321) 800-4982.

  • What Attracts Burglars to Businesses?

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    The average business is worth much more than the average home. Unfortunately for business owners, burglars are well aware of this. The lure of cash stashed behind a counter; the presence of valuable items in window displays; and the predictability of entering an unoccupied business based on advertised opening and closing hours often lead thieves to attempt commercial break-ins and even daytime burglaries. To strengthen your business’s defense against burglary , you can:

    Illuminate Your Property
    Burglars are less keen to break into buildings on well-lit properties, as they suggest that a building is either occupied or expecting visitors. Illuminated landscape lighting also increases the likelihood that a passerby would spot suspicious activity that may lead to the burglar’s capture. Leaving an office or two lit can further deter a burglar by making him believe that someone is still hard at work.

    Position Cameras Prominently
    There is a common misconception that hidden security cameras are more effective than prominently displayed CCTV cameras. While burglars are certainly more likely to evade prominently displayed security cameras, the presence of such cameras also serves as a deterrent to burglars pondering whether or not to target a property.

    Invest in State-of-the-Art Access Control Technology
    From unique key card recognition to biometric fingerprint scanners, business owners have several commercial access control technologies to choose from when securing their businesses. Discuss these options with a reputable access control system provider to determine which is best-suited to your needs and preferences.

    Store Valuables in a Safe
    Invest in a securely anchored safe with a dual-locking mechanism. If your business handles considerable cash flow, make sure that large bills are regularly removed from registers and placed in safekeeping until they can be moved to the bank vault.

    At Armstrong Lock & Security Products in Orlando, commercial access control and CCTV monitoring are two of our specialties. To learn more about how these practical and effective safety measures can ward off the majority of burglars who might set their sights on your property, give us a call at (321) 800-4982.

  • Easy Practices to Help Deter Residential Burglary

    If you’ve ever experienced a home robbery before, then you know just how devastating such an incident can be and the emotional toll that it can take on a family. In order to protect your home and the ones you love from a residential burglary, reduce your risk by making your residence appear occupied even while you’re away. You can also enhance your home’s security by encouraging your neighborhood to set up a neighborhood watch program.

    Before going on vacation for several days, ask your neighbors to collect your mail and take out your garbage so there are no obvious signs that your home is temporarily empty. To get more tips for deterring burglars, watch this helpful video from State Farm.

    You can also protect your loved ones and your most valuable assets by installing high security locks and in-home safes with help from Armstrong Lock & Security Products. Call us at (321) 800-4982 to begin the process of assessing your home’s security.