SALTO Systems – Access Control

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SALTO has developed a wide range of innovative products such as the SALTO Virtual Network and XS4 access control platform, while their electronic escutcheons, wall readers and on-line and off-line control units now control security access for a growing range of end-users from Airports to Hospitals, Banks to Government Buildings and Universities to Hotels.

Toowoomba Locksmiths would like to introduce the new technology and way of access control.

SALTO Systems

With its headquarters in Spain, SALTO now has offices in 24 countries worldwide. SALTO access control solutions can be found in over 90 countries on more than 2 million doors.

Mechanical key management can be costly, insecure and a hassle. Upfront costs of replacing master keys, drilling out locks, plus indirect costs like maintenance can often add up depending on the age of the lock.

SALTO eliminates a lot of these issues as there is no hardware replacement when keys are lost. It can reduce maintenance costs by having better control of important information like battery status etc. An internal operator can quickly and easily implement the access plan updates on the system to ensure the safety of the building. There is no rush to organise a locksmith to attend to rekey the whole system if a fob is lost, simply delete user.

Access Control System

 SALTO provides the flexibility for an access control system to grow from a small number of doors and users to a large number of doors and users as required.

Security measures in universities and schools need to be vigorous and effective but inconspicuous. Parents need to trust educational institutions to look after their children, so it is vital that they provide effective 24/7 security and ensure both students and staff are safe and protected at all times.

This is especially true in a campus housing environment, where many of the students are living away from home for the first time. Building entrances, classrooms, lecture rooms, libraries, laboratories, staff rooms, sports centres, student housing and more can all be protected by smart access control that allows access to specific rooms or areas for selected periods only, with doors auto locking at prespecified times as necessary. And, if required, you can also incorporate special features that enable classrooms and facilities to be quickly locked down during a security or other emergency event.

Our Experience with SALTO

Last year Toowoomba Locksmiths installed a SALTO system onto two buildings for a local school, this gave them the possibilities of testing the system and then slowly upgrading the system onto other buildings and eventually the whole school. We have had nothing but praises from the school on how easy it is to use and the functionality of it all.  Staff members just carry a circle fob about the size of a 50-cent piece on their lanyards and it gives them easy access into multiple doors.  There is also the availability of swipe cards and in phone access.

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If you have any questions about SALTO, or would even like a demonstration or quote please don’t hesitate to call the friendly team at Toowoomba Locksmiths.  

What you didn’t know about locksmiths

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31.08.20

Becoming a locksmith requires extensive training and skill, and most people don’t even think about locksmiths until they require one.

When you hire a locksmith, you want to feel safe and trust the person who is assisting to gain entry into your house or vehicle and rekeying your locks. You can sometimes feel nervous putting trust into a stranger but locksmiths endure extensive training that not only just gives them knowledge but also scrutinize the apprentices for trustworthiness. 

What you didn’t know about locksmiths
What you didn’t know about locksmiths

To be a fully qualified locksmith you have had to complete a 4-year apprenticeship participating in theoretical and practical learning through Technical and Further Education (TAFE). During their apprenticeship locksmiths learn how to fit, pick locks and cut keys, they learn everything from electronic locking solutions, security access like alarms and security cameras as well as automotive locks, keys and safes.

Toowoomba Locksmiths

Here at Toowoomba Locksmiths, all our locksmiths hold a security providers licence. To apply and hold a security licence you must undergo a criminal history check and must be fingerprinted by the Queensland Police Service. Locksmiths also work with the Police, Fire and Ambulance services. Locksmiths are often called to assist with welfare checks and assist with the opening door when criminal activity is suspected in a facility.

Locksmiths also have access to selected products that the general public may not have access to. It is always best to contact a locksmith if you are looking for a specific lock or would like some advice on locks. Locksmiths are security experts and can steer you in the right direction on what lock is best for your needs and which will have the best security and longevity.  

Our Services

Locksmiths not only work with locks and keys but also safes. In our Toowoomba Locksmith shop, we have plenty of safes on display, from brand new to old refurbished safes. We have access to different suppliers that stock a wide range of Gun Safes, Key Safes and Domestic and Commercial safes. Locksmiths are going to stock and supply the best quality safes, any generic safe from a hardware store may not be very secure compared to a safe locksmith have access to and supplies.

Locksmithing is also an ancient skill and profession, some say it may date back to the Egyptian era 4,000 years ago. The first locks and keys were made out of wood until the 1700’s when metal locks became the standard.

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Contacting a locksmith to assist with any lock fitting, key cutting and any security issues is the best path in making sure your house and belongings are secure. Contact the knowledgeable team at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

What to Consider When Purchasing a Safe

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31.08.20

Security Safes Vs Fire-Resistant Safes

Generally, there are two different types of safes, security safes and fire-resistant safes. A fire resistant safe is entirely dedicated to protect papers in the event of a fire. The insulation releases moisture when exposed to heat keeping the temperature low and stopping the paper from catching a light. The other is theft resistant safes also known as security safes. These safes are designed to protect against theft, but it is also vital to know these safes are intruder proof. There are also safes that specialise in having both security and also having a certain amount of fire rating time.

What to Consider When Purchasing a Safe.

When purchasing a safe it is important to consider what you are wanting to store and protect. Items like jewellery, cameras and personal documents like a passport should be kept in a decent security safe. Where as records and wills should be kept in a fire resistant safe.

Often enough when researching a safe or talking with a locksmith they will mention a cash rating. A cash rating is the level of cover that an underwriter, insurance company, will give to the contents of the safe, a cash rating is therefore also a very good indication of the security level of the safe, the higher the rating, the more security is offered. Your insurance company can also advise you on what cash rating they require to provide you with coverage.

Affordable Safes

The price of a safe can often scare people away from purchasing a good quality safe, while there are cheaper safes, they can also be nasty and not reliable. It is important to remember a safe is an investment not a purchase and if you purchase a good quality safe can last years and be passed down through the generations. You will also need to think about the size of the safe, depending on what you are wanting to store in the safe will help you decide. But please keep in mind if you buy small and down the track find more things you would like to protect you may have run of out space. It is better to buy a slightly larger safe in the beginning to allow room for of growth of your personal items.

Fire Resistant Safes

Location of a safe is also a major factor that goes into purchasing a safe. How much space do you have in your desired location? Can your floor support the weight of the safe? Can your safe be bolted to the floor? Toowoomba Locksmiths also recommend to bolt down your safe, this ensures that a home intruder can not just pick up your safe and run in a hurry.  A safe bolted to the floor will deter an intruder as it takes time to open the safe and unbolt it from the ground.

If you are unsure where the best place to install a safe is, it is always best to ask a professional. They will be able to tell you if your floor is concrete or timber and how the installation of the safe would proceed.  Toowoomba Locksmiths do offer the installation of safes and can install a safe without hassle.

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Come in, visit the team at Toowoomba Locksmiths, they have a wide range of safes in their showroom and more that can be ordered from their suppliers.

Security Cameras – Wireless vs Hard-wired?

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When deciding on security cameras, there is always the debate between hard-wired or wireless.

Toowoomba Locksmiths always recommend hard-wired and here’s why –

A hard-wired security camera system conveys data to the NVR (recording device) and monitoring system via a cable. This system may take a little longer to set up, but in the end, it has various benefits compared to the wireless systems.

Security Cameras

Security Cameras – Wireless vs Hard-wired

As the hard-wired systems are connected to an NVR, they can store a lot more data. A wireless cameras system, only has a sim and SD card to store data on. The hard-wired systems also have a better picture quality, as they do not have to run on radio frequency. Criminals will have difficulties trying to jam hard-wired security cameras compared to a wireless system which runs on a radio frequency. To interfere with a hard-wired system, a criminal would have to cut the cord running directly to the camera which is a very hard task as it is typically in the roof and walls.

Compared to a wireless system where a routine battery change is vital to have the camera recording 24/7, the hard-wired systems are powered by a cord. But what happens when your power is out? Don’t fret you can purchase a backup battery to power your cameras if you were to have a power outage. This allows the camera to still record data and store it on the NVR.

A hard-wired system is also ideal for all home types, no matter how big or small. You can have from 2 to 10 plus cameras on a hard -wired system.

There is also the option to view the hard-wired security cameras on a tv, computer and smartphone. With the flexibility to watch what is happening on holidays and while a work. You can always feel safe your house is being protected.

Hard-wired security camera

Hard-wired security camera systems are also the best options for business, with needing to reach multiple angles of a space and have the reliability for over the weekend and night when the store is empty.

No you know why we recommend the hard-wired option.  Contact Toowoomba Locksmiths now to organise your quote!

Locksmiths in Toowoomba

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We are your local locksmiths in Toowoomba, and have been operating for over 26 years. As a locally owned company, we pride ourselves in serving and protecting our local community. Our Toowoomba Locksmiths team is committed to ensuring the protection and security of businesses, schools and homes all around the region.

At Toowoomba Locksmith we offer a range of services to meet all your locksmithing needs. We supply commercial and residential locks as well as fit them. We can supply timber, glass and security door locks. As well as garage door locks and remotes, window locks and padlocks.

As your local locksmith in Toowoomba we also offer the service of restricted and Masterkey systems. These locks allow you to have security, as restricted keys are only allowed to be cut at a locksmith that holds the system ensuring copies of key can’t be made without permission.

Locksmiths in Toowoomba

Safes are also our passion at Toowoomba Locksmiths, our safe techs have a keen interest in restoring & selling old and new safes. We have a wide range of old restored bank and personal safes as well as new fireproof, high security and gun safes available in store.

Locksmiths in Toowoomba

As a local locksmith in Toowoomba we also have multiple mobile locksmiths available to conduct work onsite, well-stocked vans with many different products as well as key cutting facilities we are sure to meet all your needs.

Contact or visit us today! Toowoomba Locksmiths is based at 6 Neil Street, located close to the CBD in Toowoomba. Just past Chalk Drive in a red building we are located central from all parts of the Darling Downs. You can also contact one of our dedicated staff by calling 07 4632 6060 or emailing us on info@toowoombalocksmiths.com.au

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Step N Pull – Contactless Door Opener

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Step N Pull Contactless door openers are the best way to reduce the spread and transmission of germs and diseases. With the Covid19 pandemic, these are the best way to ensure that you are safe from many of the germs that can be spread on door handles especially on bathroom and toilet doors.

Step N Pull - In action

The Step N Pull is a contactless door opener that is secured to the bottom of a door and can be easily opened with your foot allowing you to keep germ free. Schools, shopping centres, and businesses are often high traffic areas, with a lot of surfaces being touched by customers, staff, and students. One of these high traffic areas is the bathroom and toilet door handles on swinging doors, the Step N Pull can limit the contact made to these areas and reduce the spread of germs.

To combat the spread of the germs, Toowoomba Locksmiths have recently started to supply a contactless door opener – The Step N Pull.

A lot of people will use some paper towel to pull the door open, a contactless door opener doesn’t just stop the spread of germs, but can also limit you carbon footprint but limiting the amount of paper towels used to open doors.

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The Step N Pull, is also easy to install and any handyman or maintenance person can install. However, the team at Toowoomba Locksmiths can also assist with the install. Secured to the bottom of non-latching timber or metal doors they are a great alternative to create a safer space. 

Step N Pull

It is also very easy to use! As you approach the door, position your body as though you were going to use the door handle, press down just enough to gain traction, and pull your foot and leg back as though you were taking a step. Simply step and pull!

Contact or visit us today! Toowoomba Locksmiths is based at 6 Neil Street, located close to the CBD in Toowoomba. Just past Chalk Drive in a red building we are located central from all parts of the Darling Downs. You can also contact one of our dedicated staff by calling 07 4632 6060 or emailing us on info@toowoombalocksmiths.com.au

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Are security and CCTV cameras worth it?

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Are security and CCTV cameras worth it?
Are security and CCTV cameras worth it

You cannot have your eyes looking over your home 24/7, this is where home CCTV cameras come in. Security cameras are designed to be looking at all angles of your property all day and all night to protect you and your home from vandals and intruders. Cameras will deter any suspicious people from your home, as it is clear evidence that can be used against them. Authorities consider video footage recorded by security cameras to be valid evidence of crime. Security cameras can therefore help your case in the courtroom. CCTV cameras on a home have proven that burglars/intruders are likely less to target a house with cameras. If a burglar noticed surveillance cameras 50% of offenders said they would not continue the robbery and run. 

Home Security Cameras Options

There are so many different options of home security cameras, it can be very overwhelming. If you talk to the right people, they can assist you in choosing the best option for your home. The main two home security options are wireless cameras and CCTV (closed circuit television) systems. Wireless systems are a cheaper way to keep an eye on your property, but sometimes aren’t the most reliable. We would prefer to install a CCTV system; these systems are hard wired and use an NVR (network video recorder) that is a lot more reliable with footage and tampering. The CCTV systems can be tailored for everyone’s different situations, they are also outdoor friendly. The cameras are built to withstand vandalism and severe weather conditions.

CCTV for Businesses

CCTV for Businesses

Security cameras systems are also worth installing for a business. Small businesses need to have surveillance systems to protect their inventory, technology, and employees. Small business security systems usually include several cameras, which makes them more complicated than typical home security systems. 

Every business has customers walking through the door, browsing at your products and basically have free reign of the store. Sometimes they can get out of the view of the employees and steal items as they know you can’t see them. A security camera system allows people to capture the people who come into your store with bad intentions. The footage can sometimes allow you to identify the thief’s and get your products back. 

Break in often enough happen at night when no one is in the store and a camera can again help identify the intruder and assist the police in their investigations.

When you next get a Toowoomba locksmith to your home, ask them to have a look around your exit and entry points of your property to identify weak security points and any lock or padlock upgrades that may be needed.

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Can I Purchase Garage Door Remote Replacements?

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15.04.20

Replacing an old garage door remote can sometimes be daunting as there are some many different garage door remote replacements, but if you have the right information it isn’t actually that hard.

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Can I Purchase Garage Door Remote Replacements

How to Replace Garage Door Remote

The easiest way to replace a garage door remote is if you have the old remote you are wanting to replace. Most of the time in this case, we are just able to look at the part number and brand to recommend the replacement that will work with your garage door motor.

If you are unable to supply a current garage door remote, we can then sometimes find some information on your garage door motor to help assist us. We are able to search the serial number or part number on your motor to find a new garage door remote.

Universal Garage Door Remote

Universal Garage Door Remote
Universal Garage Door Remote

There is also the option of purchasing a universal garage door remote.  When purchasing a universal garage door remote, it may seem unnecessary to be knowledgeable about the door’s manufacturer, but it’ll avoid unneeded frustration it’ll determine if the replacement remote is compatible with your garage door. Universal remotes are able to be used with most motors, so it is an easy way to achieve a new garage door remote replacement without the hassle.

Missing or Stolen

A missing or stolen garage door remote is serious, but it isn't something that should send you into a panic. If you are proactive and take necessary steps to prevent a thief from using the remote, your home and all your valuables will remain protected. Many homeowners assume that if a garage door remote is lost or stolen, they have to replace the entire automatic garage door opener.

They don't have to do that. All automatic garage door openers have a disable feature that allows you to completely deprogram all remotes for a specific garage. Once the remotes are deprogrammed, they will not open the garage door. you will just need to reprogram the garage door remotes back. Moving to a new home?

This can be diagnosed by contacting any of the knowledgeable staff at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

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Is my sliding door lock secure?

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15.04.20

Sliding glass door detail and rail embed in floor

Is my sliding door lock secure?

Sliding glass doors and French doors are a beautiful addition to any home. Most people love the natural light and views their sliding glass doors and French doors let in, but sometimes it’s those very views that make the doors unsafe. They offer a wide-ranging look into your home so anyone can see what you have and what might be worth taking. That is why it is vital you have secure and a good quality sliding door lock.

A sliding glass door lock often is just a small latch that hook onto a piece of metal in the door’s frame. These latches are generally operated by moving a small lever and are extremely easy to open. There are steps you can take to ensure the security on your aluminium sliding door locks are up to standard. Often enough a sliding door lock is just locked with a snib or small turn lever, you can in most cases install a new lock that is locked with a key this can provide some extra security on your sliding glass door lock.

Patio Bolt

Another option is to install a patio bolt, they are locks that can be attached at the top or bottom of the door. These key-operated locks have pins/bolts that slide into the floor or upper door frame and keep the door from sliding, even if the sliding glass door lock is damaged etc.

Screen Door

Aluminium sliding door

Aluminium sliding door locks can also be found on sliding screen doors. This is also an alternate option to ensure security on your home. A screen door adds an extra layer of security before your average sliding door lock on a glass door. 

It is always recommended to lock your sliding door locks with a key, this is an easy step that can taken to provide that little bit of extra security. Locking your doors with keys instead of just the snib or lever can eliminate people poking holes in your screens or opening your doors by reaching around some glass they may have broken. 

It is easy to mistake a broken Screen Door Lock with a repairable fault. The best way to establish if you need a new security lock or if the lock can be repaired is to contact one of the Knowledgeable locksmiths at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

What are the different types of door locks?

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15.04.20

There sometimes can be a lot of confusion with all the different types of door locks. There are a few of variations and capabilities of locks for front doors, glass sliding doors and security screen door locks.

Types of Door Locks

Locks can vary with depending on what door you have. Front door lock types can be overwhelming. The most common front door lock type is just a standard knob set or lever set. These are used to latch your door shut and provide one locking point. Recently we have found that a lot of our customers are wanting extra security on their timber door locks, we recommend installing a deadbolt. A deadbolt can provide an extra locking point on your door, it puts a solid bolt into the door frame and cannot be jimmied opened.

Security screen and Security Door Locks

Security screen door

Security screen door locks are a very important part of the security of a home. These door locks are the first barrier to a home. Security screen door locks allow you to have a secure home, but still allow you to have fresh air following through your house. These door locks are sometimes the most used door in your home, if you think about it every time you want to enter your house you have to open the screen door whether or not the timber door is open or closed. If you wanted extra security on these door locks you can sometimes install a triple lock kit onto your screen doors.

Triple locks on a security screen have three points of locking on the door. One bolt at the top, bottom and middle, when all three of these locking points are locked a screen door can be very hard to pry open. Want to Learn more about home security. Click Here

There are a lot of different types of door locks but a knowledgeable locksmith will know all the front door lock types as well as the different security screen door locks and will be able to assist and guide you to the right door locks you require.

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