I just got paid $1800 to rekey a building in the University District because their master key was compromised. There are a few lessons to learn from this.
- exercise appropriate key control. Lock keys up in a really secure location that can’t be accessed by brute strength, and maybe don’t leave master keys on site.
- make sure that your locks are installed correctly.
The thieves in this instance pried the front door away from the frame until the adams rite hookbolt was no longer holding the door shut. Aluminum is a soft metal and can be flexed fairly easily. This wouldn’t have happened if whoever installed this lock had read the instructions first. If they had, the lock would have hooked into the doorframe and would’ve required far more strength to pry open. To prevent this happening on an aluminum and glass door, one of the following should be done: