Locks and Crime Prevention

Posted by Amy Hite on January 25, 2015

Door locks are a the most common and simplest building security measure. Each type of lock has its advantages and disadvantages.

According to the NCPC (National Crime Prevention Council), the Internet helps spread the latest ways to compromise even high-quality locks. For example, many burglars can watch a simple video and quickly learn to use a "bump key" to manipulate the pins in a lock, eliminating the need for traditional lock-picking tools and techniques.

Locks are simplistic devices to address a straightforward problem. They work best in a reinforced concrete room with no doors or windows. But this is impractical in the real world.

Locks are designed to allow authorized people access with a minimum of hassle, cost and effort. All locks do this with varying degrees. To impede traditional picking of a lock, some manufacturers have redesigned the internal mechanisms in their locks. But the same weaknesses are often still present and can be exploited with new tools and techniques.

Keyless locks use a code on a keypad to enter a building. They can be convenient for workers needing access for work. Management can give staff and contractors the code and reset it when they are finished. Keyless entry systems can be more expensive than traditional locks.

Most keyless systems are electronic locks. In the event of a power failure, the keyless lock will not work. Newer security locks use fingerprints or retinal scanning. Some even have voice identification.

Security cards are another method of building access. Cards can track the movements of personnel. Card systems create an entry log that can be utilized for time and attendance.

Stealth Monitoring video security works in combination with lock systems. Our monitors watch property perimeters and building exteriors to detect and deter trespassers and burglars before they have a chance to pick locks and break-in.

Stealth Monitoring is a security industry leader in live video surveillance with over 9,000 video cameras watched nationwide. Stealth proactive video monitoring can detect and deter crime in cities in the U.S. and Canada while reducing security guard and other expenses. Stealth's virtual security guard service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance Stealth operator can see unusual activity, activate a speaker warning to deter criminals, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 382-3873 or contact Stealth today for more information to protect your property. Visit our web site to see actual videos of criminals being apprehended at a range of commercial businesses.

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