Warm Weather Vehicle Security Tips

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As the mercury on the dial increases, so does the likelihood of vehicle break-ins. The weather gets warmer, people start leaving their windows open, and thieves can spot their valuables from the street. A cracked window can be seen as an invitation to a thief, and they will often stop at nothing to take items that they spot and desire. Being the victim of these sort of crimes can be seen as frustrating not only because of the trauma and loss involved, but because you know in retrospect that you could have prevented it. This spring and summer, don’t leave yourself vulnerable because of the warm weather. Follow these steps to avoid becoming a victim of vehicle theft:

  • Put all objects, even one’s that aren’t valuable, in a locked glove box or inside the trunk. Don’t leave them out on the seat, even in a locked car, as a temptation.

  • Don’t leave out lighters, gas cans, or any heat sensitive items out in the sun, where they could explode and compromise your vehicle’s security, much less harm it’s interior.

  • Make sure your windows are tinted – not only does it help mitigate the heat, it also makes your car much harder to see into at night.

  • Look in the rear seat of your car for any people before you get inside it.

  • Don’t ever leave your keys inside the vehicle, or even hidden under the seat or mat.

  • When leaving the car, check the back seat for any items a criminal might want – put these in the trunk.

  • When parking at night, make sure to park under a light where your vehicle will be more secure.

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What are Barrel Locks?

What are Barrel Locks

Barrel locks can be found in specific industrial settings and don’t always get used in the typical areas. Although They might sound similar to cylinder or tubular locks, barrel locks are not the same thing – yes, even if they are tubular and cylindrical. These locks are quite tricky and unique looking; in this blog entry I’ll detail what barrel locks are used for, and what their functions are.

Where barrel locks are used

Barrel locks are a common security measure for residential or commercial utilities inside homes, protecting the regulation of electricity, gas, and water meters. The lock usually consists of a ring shaped disk that covers the meter, that once fastened, cannot be removed – this prevents any fo these meters from being manipulated. Other variants of meter guards include smaller meter guards that can adjust based on meter size. These bars can work similarly to steering wheel locks, but can extend to lock multiple round meters – these bars are used in apartments or businesses that have separate utility bills – it can be used as a replacement in situations where barrel lock rings cannot be supplied,

 

How Barrel Locks Work

Barrel locks operate with a circular keyway that requires a key shaped like a long screw – once the lock is placed into its ring shaped housing, it can’t be removed without taking out the ball bearings on it’s sides – the barrel can also turn freely in it’s housing, making it more resistant to picking attempts. The key for this lock is either a screw type key or a plunger key that gets propelled with handle into the keyway. Once the key is inside the hole, it grasps the barrel and releases the catch on the ball bearings, moving the springing mechanism that holds them in place, and allowing the entire lock cylinder to be removed.

 

How barrel locks can get picked

Since these locks are ubiquitous everywhere, their flaws are somewhat public knowledge. It’s important to remember never to tamper with locks that you don’t own unless you have permission from the owner – many of these locks can be picked with a screw that fits tightly within the keyhole, and using principles similar to a bump key, can knock the spring mechanism. Some skeleton key tools that allow instant access to barrel locks also exist – it’s important to purchase a lock made for high security purposes, which will have a somewhat less common, and less vulnerable keyway.

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