Shutterway’s Tips on When to Change Locks

It’s imperative to change locks, and while most people are aware that it needs to be done, many are not sure when it needs to be done! Changing your locks is an important safety measure that shouldn’t be overlooked because it secures your home and lets you know who has access to it.

Change Locks When You’re Making a Move

Moving in presents a wonderful opportunity to change the locks before you get comfortable in your new place. If you’re moving into your first house, or renting an apartment, it’s prudent to ensure the locks are changed as soon as the previous tenants have vacated. You, your family, and the landlord should be the only ones with keys to the place.

When Renovating

There is an unfortunate correlation between having contract work or renovations done on one’s property and incidents of break-ins thereafter. While most good labour is trustworthy, there can be the odd negative element within construction teams. Having your locks replaced shortly after any job requiring workers to be in your home for an extended period of time is always a good precaution to take.

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Misplaced Keys

This is probably the most obvious one on the list, and a bit of a no-brainer really! The first thing you need to do once you’ve misplaced your keys is to change the locks. Don’t allow time to pass in the hopes you’ll recover them as this will give you a false sense of security, and eventually you’ll forget you even lost them. As an extra measure of protection, make sure to never keep your home address on your keys or key ring.

Old or Broken Locks

Make sure to replace the keys and lock when you see signs of wear and tear. Don’t leave your lock vulnerable to tampering, as an older lock may not be able protect you, and will probably be easier to pick. When the signs of age are apparent, it’s a good time to fix the lock and replace your keys.

When It’s Time to Upgrade, Pick Shutterway!

A sturdy security gate is only as robust as its locking mechanism. Why? Because this is the most frequently attacked point of a gate.

With thorough research and design, Shutterway has made it our goal to ensure the gates we produce are superior to those already on the market.

All of our locks are crafted from high quality, Italian-made products. The majority of these make use of a Euro-profile cylinder and can be keyed-alike so that multiple gates can be fitted on one premises.

Shutterway also utilises full-length lock posts and hinge posts that are securely bolted to the brickwork.

400mm lock tabsSwing gates: The standard dead lock utilised on swing gates (as of March 2020) is a double throw deadlock with a solid dead bolt (10 mm X 24 mm) which throws 25 mm.

The strength of this lock is in the part you don’t see – when thrown, there is a good portion of the solid dead bolt still housed within the lock body. From our experience we have seen that with a leverage attack, the fail point is this point where the lock bolt joins the lock body. With a solid portion extending through the lock body and into the strengthened lock post, these fail points are eliminated.

We are confident that with the additional design features of stabilising tabs, reinforced lock posts and 400 mm covering tabs, Shutterway gates are the most crow-bar resistant gates available.

On top of this, extra stopping plates are welded on between the hinges to prohibit gate flex. This affords minimal room for the lock to move under the force of a burglar’s attempt to gain entry.

Where a “slam lock type” mechanism is needed, Shutterway offers a push pin lock that can be latched shut when the gate is closed, using a key-less locking system employed by pushing a pin into the closed position.

Shutterway Stylish Security - Elec lock referenceElectronic locks: Shutterway’s electronic locks on our swing gates come courtesy of CISA Elettrika.

This respected lock can withstand 2000 kg of force, and can be connected to any access control solution. Shutterway supplies this as standard with ET System remotes, or it can be linked to existing systems.

Sliding gates: Sliding gates make use of an individual multi-point lock system that shuts into a full length lock channel, with a centre hook lock engaging and two pins throwing top and bottom on a single key turn.

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Stacking gates: Stacking gates have multi-point locks that employ top and bottom with a simple turn of the key, securely fixing the panels by locking stainless steel pins through the bottom track and into the top track for extra security.

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