Category Archives: Locks and Cylinders

When the lock is blocked and the key no longer enters or turns (Part 2)

If the lock has blocked and the key has got stuck or has broken inside, read the previous article as it might be your situation. If, on the other hand, it is another problem and corresponds to one of those mentioned below, then you are reading the right blog. As promised, we are proposing solutions here for the three cases which had remained pending from last time: Continue reading

How to increase the level of security of any cylinder

It doesn’t matter if a cylinder is low, medium or high level. You can greatly increase its resistance by protecting it with a security escutcheon.
The security escutcheon, also known as a “Defender” or security boss, is a true security shield that is mounted on the outside of a European profile cylinder, mainly to withstand attempts to break, remove or knock inside the cylinder itself. Continue reading

How do you open a door if there is a key inside?

The quality of a lock is judged by how easy it is to prevent unwanted access. However, there are situations where the presence of a lock can represent a problem even for those who are authorised to gain access. This is especially the case where you need to quickly gain access to a house or a room to rescue a person closed inside who is unwell and unable to open the door. Indeed, with common double cylinder locks, if the key has been left inserted in the keyhole inside the house one is often unable to open the door from the outside, even having another correct key. To avoid this situation, which can result in the loss of valuable time in the event of an emergency, there are cylinders designed specifically to be opened (with the key!) from the outside even if a key has been left inside. Continue reading

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How to install a security escutcheon on locks which are not set up for it (i.e. without DIN holes)

The security escutcheon, or defender, is a powerful shield that protects European profile cylinders against the most common attacks. In order for it to be fitted the lock must normally have special 2 holes for inserting the fastening screws, but if these are not present (either because the lock is simply not provided with them or because it is a version for metal sections where there is not the actual space to make them) the cylinder can still be protected with a universal security escutcheon. Continue reading

Shutter fastening units, such as Viro Nuovo Condor shown in the photo, have the advantage of having an armoured body that effectively protects the floor fixing point.

The best way to protect a shutter

A shutter of a shop or garage can be closed in several ways: with one or more locks per shutter, with one padlock per shutter or with a fastening unit.
The locks fitted originally on shutters, such as those for garages, are normally quite weak from the mechanical point of view and are therefore very vulnerable to attack. If valuable goods are kept inside, for example the goods for sale in a shop, they should be replaced with more resistant products.
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Why change the door if a locking bar may be sufficient?

Is the equation “secure door = armoured door” always true? No! Because not all armoured doors are secure and because it may not be necessary to have an armoured door to obtain a secure door.
As we have already seen in a previous blog, armoured doors are not all made the same. Many cheap products are armoured in name only. Moreover, in many contexts, it is not only the main door which has to be defended, as there are many secondary accesses that can be attacked by thieves (such as patio doors leading to gardens and balconies, access doors to condominium garages and/or basements etc.) in which it may not be possible, or convenient, to install armoured doors.

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How to install and replace a European profile cylinder in 5 easy steps

Amongst the many advantages offered by European profile cylinders there is also that of being able to easily change the cylinder if you want to install a better one or if the existing one is causing problems. In fact, fitting and removing this type of cylinder is very easy; here is a step by step guide. Continue reading

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7 good reasons to protect your home with a European profile cylinder

According to figures regarding reports made to the police, 60% of thefts by housebreaking in Italy take place through the main door, a percentage that reaches 90% in urban areas, given that the top floors of apartment buildings and condominiums are more difficult for thieves to reach using other accesses. Locks with European profile cylinders have become increasingly widespread over recent years, often replacing other types of locks, even where maximum security is required, such as on the front door of homes. Why? Continue reading