Author: Chase Pearson

Interesting Facts About Locks

Security is not something to be messed around with as it can be the only thing that stands between a sticky handed thief and the most valuable object on earth. But sometimes, it is nice to take a take a step back and see a different side of things. Here are some pretty interesting facts about locks.

The oldest lock was estimated to be made around 4,000 years ago.

It was found by archeologists in the Khorsabad palace ruins near Nineveh. It was a forerunner to a pin tumbler type of lock, and a common Egyptian lock for the time.

One of the basic lock designs is the lever.

This design dates back to the Roman Empire and was comprised simply of a small lever made of metal that worked with a bolt.

James Sargent made the first combination lock in 1857.

Many time-lock mechanisms in banks today are still based on the same technology as Sargent’s invention.

Harry Houdini was a locksmith before becoming a magician.

As a young boy growing up poor, he took a job as an apprentice with a local locksmith to earn extra money for his struggling family.

A parrot in England picked a lock in November of 2014.

The parrot was named Magic, escaped from his cage and then the car in which he was being transported. The green bird has not been seen since.

Professional Security Solutions

Located in Memphis, Tennessee, Peifer Safe & Lock has been providing professional security solutions since 1985. We started out as a traditional locksmith company, and have grown into a full opening integrator of electronic access control and provider of patent-protected key control products.

Our crew of security professionals provide service and installations on nearly all commercial and residential locks and hardware. Other services provided include rekeys, masterkey systems, patented key control products, and safe sales/service. Contact us for all your lock questions.

The History of the Lock

Peifer Safe & Lock is dedicated to helping individuals and families protect what they love with the best security locks, tools, and accessories on the market today. But did you know the lock itself is an ancient piece of security technology dating as far back as the ancient Egyptians? Since the dawn of modern civilization, locks have been an integral part of personal ownership, initially made from rope or other materials and eventually made out of iron and steel. Here is a short history of the lock and how it has been an invaluable part of civilization.

The Mechanical Lock

Historians aren’t sure which civilization created the mechanical lock first, though many believe that the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans developed them independently from each other. In Egypt, their first mechanical lock was a simple but effective pin tumbler lock made entirely out of wood. It consisted of a wooden post fixed to the door with a horizontal bolt that slid into the post. In the bolt were sets of openings filled with pins, and specially designed heavy wooden keys with pegs that corresponded to the holes and pins would be inserted and lifted to open the bolt. In the 1st millennia BC, locks were improved upon by Roman inventors, introducing metal as the lock’s primary material. With iron locks, Romans could ensure that brute-force attacks wouldn’t work and that keys could be small enough to fit in pockets, on pendants, and even on rings.

After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 1st century AD, lock innovation dwindled. All-metal locks were created, but most improvements to security involved trying to confuse lockpickers. There are many old lock systems that include multiple key mechanisms, complicated key designs, and even obscured or fake keyholes.

The Modern Lock

The 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries saw massive improvements to locks of all kinds, including double-acting tumbler locks by Robert Barronin in 1778, detector locks by Jeremiah Chubb in 1818, first combination lock by Samuel Segal in 1916, and the first padlock by Harry Soref in 1924. These designs are still used today with more advanced steels. Electromechanical locks and smart locks now revolutionize the industry by making security as easy as pressing a button on a smartphone!

When you need to make your residence or business safe and secure, you can rely on the professional staff of Peifer Safe & Lock. We are expert security technicians that offer a complete suite of security technology options to help you protect the things and people you love. Contact us today.

4 Tips for Avoiding Getting Locked Out of Your Home

One of the quickest ways to for good day to go south is to discover that you’ve misplaced your keys or otherwise ended up locked out of your house. We here at Peifer Safe & Lock can help, and in more ways than just coming over and getting that lock open for you. We’ve also put together this handy list of tips that can help you avoid the situation altogether!

Check Often

While we can’t account for something like our keys spilling out of our pockets, or falling unnoticed to the car floorboard, we can reduce the risk of being locked out by making it a habit to check often for them. Make sure they’re in hand or pocket before you leave the house, before you leave the office, and before you close your car door.

Keep Spares

A sure-fire way to ensure that there’s a key available when you need it is to have access to a spare. Make a duplicate of your primary key and keep it in a safe place. There are lots of great options; you can entrust it to a friend or family member, hide it near the door, or carry it in a separate place than your regular keys, like in a wallet or briefcase.

Use a Key Finder

Technology is well-equipped to help you keep track of your keys. You can get key finders tied to phone apps that make it as easy as pressing a button to locate your key.

Try Keyless

Many homes today are accessible by a code or even a fingerprint scan rather than a key. We don’t recommend making the move to keyless just to use a fob or key card, though, as those can get lost just as easily.

If it happens that circumstance works against you and you still end up locked out, your Peifer Safe & Lock team is happy to be your last resort. For any lock problems that you might have, we have answers. Contact us today to learn more about lock maintenance, and our other services.

4 Keys to Good Lock Maintenance

Your home security depends, first and foremost on the strength and effectiveness of your door locks. If they are weak or faulty, your home becomes vulnerable. At Peifer Safe & Lock, we want your home to be as secure as possible, and to help you keep it that way, we’ve put together a list of helpful tips, “keys” if you will, to keeping your locks in good working order.

Lubricate Locks Annually

A simple, once-a-year step, make sure that each year your lock gets thoroughly lubricated. This doesn’t even have to be done professionally. Simply be sure to choose the right form of lubricant. Locksmiths advise against petroleum-based ones, which may eventually gum up the workings.

Clean Lock Exterior

Occasional, basic cleaning of the outside of the lock can be done with just some mild detergent and a damp rag. You don’t want to use an abrasive cleaner, which can wear away the protective coating covering most locks.

Ensure the Door Is Hung Properly

This one is as important for your door as for your lock. If it’s hung incorrectly, your door can cause all kinds of problems for your lock; grating in the bolts and strike plates, bending or warping of dead bolts or the latch, and poor binding. Even when your sure that your door has been hung correctly, check occasionally to ensure that it hasn’t loosened with time.

Check Strike Plates & Latches

A simple visual check will often go a long way towards preventing serious problems. You can check the important lock parts for signs of wear, or deterioration, and see if any parts are loose. It should be clear whether any issues can be corrected with basic means, or require professional attention.

We hope these tips help you keep your locks in their best shape. Your Peifer Safe & Lock team is ready to help for any problems that you might have! Contact us today to learn more about lock maintenance, and our other services.

What to Store Inside Your Home Safe

You might be wary of storing your most valued and important possessions in a safe at home instead of a safety security box. But while banks may have all the latest in security technology, they don’t make it very easy to get into. You’d be restricted by bank hours, contents of a safe deposit box are rarely insured, and any cash you might store there is not protected by the FDIC. If you have homeowner’s insurance, your home safe is secured from theft and damage! Here are just some of the things you should store in a home safe instead of a safety deposit box.

 

  • Property insurance policies and agent contact information

This will be a necessity if your home is ever damaged by fire or natural disasters. Filing a claim will be much easier with the information readily available.

  • Information on outstanding debts, investments, bank accounts, and retirement

The last thing you want to deal with in the event of house damage in a natural or accidental disaster is to face debt collectors, or to lose all your information on finances.

  • Spare keys and titles to your vehicles

You’ll always know exactly where they are in case of emergencies. If you’re ever looking to sell your vehicles, you won’t have to contact your local DMV for a spare title if you lose it.

  • A copy of your will or wills with which you are the executor

An important difference between a safe at home and a safety deposit box is that in event of a person’s passing, the bank seals their safety deposit box and won’t open it except by estate representatives providing court orders. Anything you need immediately should be accessible from a home safe.

  • CDs and hard drives of important documents and family photos

Gone are the days of enormous photo books – technology has made it so easy to store memories! If you still have family photos in print form or rolls, there are many companies that can digitize them and store them on flash drives for easy storage.

You can include many more things into a safe provided you have the space for it, and it’s always a great idea to buy a safe that’s fireproof. Protect your valuables from theft and damage with our great selection of Hayman and AMSEC home safes today. Peifer Safe and Lock is here to protect the things that matter most!

Securing Your Home from Burglary

More than 2.1 million burglaries were committed in 2012 in the United States. One of the worst feelings in the world is right after witnessing what remains of your home after a burglary. For some, that vulnerability never truly goes away, even when all precautions are taken from then on. At Peifer Safe & Lock, we know what that feels like. That’s why we’re dedicated to offering the finest locks and security accessories available. But what are some other ways you can prepare if the worst should ever happen? Here are some creative ways to secure your home from invasion.

Make home security a habit

One of the most important things anyone can do is make security part of their daily lives. That can should include kids and teenagers as well. Hold a family meeting and teach them to:

  • Use door and window locks; it takes hardly any energy at all
  • Not open the door to uninvited strangers or unwanted guests
  • Close and lock the garage door
  • If you have an alarm system, use it even when going on quick trips to the store or vising with neighbors; if no one’s home, the alarm goes on

A little preparation can go a long way.

Avoid leaving keys in obvious places

Never leave your key under the mat for emergencies or while going on vacation. It’s practically an invitation to unlock the door at this point. In fact, if you can, leave it with a trusted neighbor, family member, or friend instead. In your home, leave spare keys or garage door openers in secure places, like hidden in drawers or cabinets.

Replace weak locks

If the locks in your home are losing their strength or have failed completely, it’s time to get them changed. This is where Peifer Safe & Lock can come in handy. We can set up strong physical locks on the exterior doors, or electrical locks that you can unlock with the press of a button on your smartphone.

Burglars can be crafty, and often attack when no one is home and when you least expect. Protect your home with help from Peifer Safe & Lock. We have tough and durable safes, key switches, cam locks, and much more to choose from to help you secure almost anything. Contact us for a quote on installing new locks on your home today.

Smart Locks: What You Need to Know Before Making the Upgrade

We live in a modern era with many amazing inventions and that includes the locks on your front door. One of the most recent additions to the tech market is the smart (electronic) lock.

What Are Smart Locks?

Smart locks, also known as an electronic lock, operate via electric current rather than a material key. Smart locks are stand-alone units that commonly attach to a single lock, but have the potential to access operate multiple locks within a building. A smart door lock accomplishes all of these functions using WiFi, giving you control over your lock from anywhere you can connect to the Internet via the lock’s smartphone app. Using the app, smart locks conveniently use virtual “keys” you can share with others eliminating the need to make hard copies. The app also alerts you any time the door locks or unlocks, giving you a history of who is coming and going. Surprisingly, smart locks don’t cost substantially more than a premium standard lock making them an easy and affordable investment.

What Do I Need to Know?

Now that you know all about smart locks and how they work, there are a few key items to consider before clicking the “Order Now” button in your shopping cart.

  1. Inspect Your Door
    Different smart locks offer different things, but the one thing they all have in common is that they’ll automatically turn your deadbolt. That’s all well and good, unless you have one of those doors that needs a little song and dance routine as you use the key. If you need to push or pull for the deadbolt to move, this needs to be resolved before installing a smart lock. You should also ensure your door fits the measurements required to fit the new system.
  2. Check App Compatibility
    While you’re looking at special features, it would be wise to think about any other smart devices you may want to in conjunction with your smart lock. Most smart locks are built to integrate with a number of different third-party platforms and devices, but it can vary from lock to lock.
  3. How Many “Keys” Do You Need
    Check your smart lock of choice and confirm its stance on multiple users. Some locks are great for single users and simply unlock once you are within range. Other locks allow multiple users, but they all need to install the app on their phone. Some locks offer unlimited key codes while others charge after the first two keys are given out. Consider how many tenants or visitors may need a code before making your purchase.

Smart locks are the perfect solution for when you plan on having a friend feed your cat while you’re on vacation or you want to give temporary access to the handyman. You may not NEED a smart lock, but it’d sure make your life easier and heighten your sense of security when you’re not home. Just be sure you have a skilled electronic locksmith’s number on hand. That being said, you can reach us online or give us a call at 901-363-6396.

What Do Locksmiths Actually Do?

You know that locksmiths work with locks, obviously. But you might be wondering what all they actually do. Aside from cutting keys, do they offer any additional services? Of course! Here are some of the main services that locksmiths offer – they might not all be what you think.

 

 

 

  1. Key Copies: It’s important to have a few spare keys. Locksmiths are equipped to help make copies to ensure that you have what you need in case your main set goes missing or a key breaks.
  2. Key Replacements: If you don’t have spares, don’t worry. Locksmiths can replace lost or broken keys to help you get back in and on your way.
  3. Lockouts: It can happen to the best of us. Some mornings are hectic and it’s easy to forget your keys inside your house… the house that you just locked yourself out of. Don’t let the stress take over, though. Locksmiths can get you back in and on your way in no time.
  4. Key Fob Replacements: Things could get tricky if you lose or break a key fob. How are you supposed to get anywhere and get anything done without it? The good news is that locksmiths are equipped to help repair or replace key fobs as well as standard keys.
  5. Rekeying: Whether you’ve just purchased a new home, just got new tenants, or can’t find one or most of your keys, it’s probably a good idea to have the house or car or business rekeyed. Locksmiths are able to come to you and rekey your locks without having to replace any door handles.
  6. Fixing Broken Locks: Sometimes keys break off and get stuck in the lock, or sometimes lock mechanisms break, rendering the lock useless. You don’t have to buy a new handle or new car, though. Locksmiths are able to repair broken locks quickly.
  7. Security and Safes: A locksmith isn’t just limited to locks on homes and cars and businesses. If you’re unable to get into your safe or access your security system, we can help there too.

Do you have a security issue in the Memphis, Tennessee area? Contact us now. At Peifer Safe and Lock, we’re ready and happy to help.

When and Why You Should Have Your Locks Changed or Re-Keyed

With the excitement of buying a new home or being too busy to call someone when your locks start to wear out, changing or re-keying the locks is something that often goes undone. While it’s easy to justify putting it off, leaving locks unattended to could have costly consequences.

Aren’t sure if it’s time to change the lock? Here are a few situations that can help you decide.

 

 

New Roommates or Tenants: If you’re a landlord that lives on- or off-site, it’s important to have the locks changed or re-keyed after tenants or roommates move out and before new tenants or roommates move in. You never know if a previous tenant made or had an extra copy.

After a Break-In: Whether the burglar used forced entry or not if your home has been broken into it’s important to have the locks changed. This provides an added measure of general security.

Wear and Tear: Over time, locks wear down. Whether due to an accident caused by a careless spouse or child or due to overuse, lock mechanisms can wear down and break, keeping you locked out of your house.

Lost or Stolen Keys: It goes without saying that if your keys are stolen you want to change the locks, but even if you’ve only lost them and think you can find them, if you haven’t found them after a few weeks, change the locks to ensure that someone who finds them won’t be able to access your home.

New Home: If you’ve just purchased a home, the excitement of moving in, making it yours, and decorating is easy to get lost in, but don’t forget to have the locks changed. If the previous owners still have a key and/or never had the locks changed either, any number of people could have a key to your house.

After a Divorce or Breakup: After a relationship ends, not all parties respect new rules and boundaries. One party may have left things in the home or feel that they are entitled to enter at their will even though the relationship is over.

After Lending Our Keys to Repairmen: Life’s busy and sometimes it’s easier to lend a key to a repairman than take time off work, but if you have or do so often, it’s important to get your locks changed or re-keyed. Although many are trustworthy and not out to cause trouble, not all are.

No matter the reason, if you are in the Memphis, Tennessee or lager tri-state area and need your locks changed or re-keyed, contact our professional team here at Peifer Safe & Lock LLC for trustworthy and quality service.