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Locks are the first line of defense in home security. Matching the lock to the task is the key.
Are you still relying on the lock that was on the front door when you moved into your house? The lock seems like an old, dear friend, but it may not be. Nearly 3 million U.S. homes are broken into every year. Although not all break-ins are preventable, exterior locks and dead bolts are your most important line of defense.
Today's locks can range from simple aluminum knobs in a polished-brass finish to exotically shaped knobs made from solid brass with a hand-applied oil-rubbed finish. All locksets are designed to do one thing: keep doors shut and secure when desired and allow easy passage when needed. Regardless of style or price, all door handles work basically the same way.
When shopping for locksets, keep in mind they may also be called "handle sets," "lever sets" or "door locks." For lock sets that require a key to operate, look for the term "keyed entry." Let Haley's Lock, Safe, and Key help you make the right choice. We offer many finishes and styles to choose from.
Haley's has available all the functions usually required in a house. These include Passage, Privacy, Dummy, and single Keyed and Double Keyed deadbolts. Key-in-Lever and Knob locks are available with one function only, with a keyed cylinder on the outside and a turn-piece release on the inside. We also offer a full line of deadbolts to securely lock any door.
Haley's is proud to announce that we are now an authorized Medeco service center—One of only 100 authorized in the nation. Medeco Security Centers are a select group of Medeco dealers located throughout the United States chosen for their professional business practices and desire to play a principle role in educating consumers about security risks and solutions. At Haley's, you will find knowledgeable, factory trained personnel that provide sound security advice, top notch service, and genuine expertise. All of our employees go through extensive security training, becoming an expert on high security and Medeco’s product line.
We provide a complete line of High Security locks including cam locks, deadbolts, padlocks, knob locks, rim cylinders, and mortise cylinders. These residential and commercial locks protect against key bumping. Our patent protected key control master key systems are not available to all locksmiths.
Inside a cylinder lock, there is a sort of puzzle, which only the correct key can solve. The main variation in lock designs is the nature of this puzzle. One of the most common puzzles is the pin-and-tumbler design, shown below.
The main components in the pin-and-tumbler design are a series of small pins of varying length. The pins are divided up into pairs. Each pair rests in a shaft running through the central cylinder plug and into the housing around the plug. Springs at the top of the shafts keep the pin pairs in position in the plug. When no key is inserted, the bottom pin in each pair is completely inside the plug, while the upper pin is halfway in the plug and halfway in the housing. The position of these upper pins keeps the plug from turning—the pins essentially bind the plug to the housing.
The correct key will push each pin pair up just enough so that the point where the two pins come together lines up perfectly with the space where the cylinder and the housing come together (this point is called the shear line). To put it another way, the key will push the pins up so that all of the upper pins are inserted completely in the housing, while all of the lower pins rest completely in the plug.
Statistics show that in over 40 percent of residential burglaries, the thieves just walked in through an unlocked door or crawled through an unlocked window. Be sure you have locked and bolted all your doors and windows before leaving home.
Deadbolts can be the number one security device in you home. Simple to install, high quality deadbolts are cheap and effective ways to secure windows and doors. Haley's can make sure the deadbolt you choose is the correct strength and rating for anti-theft.
Sliding glass doors need special devices to make them secure. A wooden dowel in the track or a nail inserted through a hole drilled in the sliding door frame and projecting into the fixed frame will secure the door. Deadbolt locks are also available.
Double-hung windows can be locked by sliding a bolt or nail through a hole drilled at a downward angle in each top corner of the inside sash and part way through the outside sash. Window key locks and grilles for basement or street-level windows are available at a home supply store.
Garage doors are harder to secure, so it is important to treat the inside door from the garage into the house like an outside door. Lock and bolt the inside door to protect the house from intrusion.
Explore the possibility of an alarm system. The simplest systems available set up a small electrical circuit across door locks and from window frames. When the current is interrupted, the alarm sounds. There are alarm systems that alert police of break-ins and include smoke and fire alarms and "help" buttons for medical emergencies.
Patented Key Control prevents illegal manufacturing of keys and blanks, protects the building owner and the manufacturer, requires special authorization of duplication, and is only available to authorized locksmiths under contract.
High security locks achieve drill resistance by using hardened steel inserts, which is the cylinder core, stainless steel pins, an armor shield, which is the cylinder body, and hardened side bars.
High security cylinders use several special pins. They are “mushroom pins” which create a false shear line, serrated pins, beveled pins, and interlocking pins. There are also sidebar or side pines and multiple locking points, all making high security locks achieve pick resistance.
UL437 listing is when the locks are subjected to a variety of industry tests to see if the lock resists physical attacks such as, endurance test, attack resistance test, impression test, picking test, forcing test, drilling test, prying test, pulling test, driving test, and a salt spray corrosion test.
A high security system has 22 million combinations while standard security systems have 15,000 usable combinations.
The oldest known lock was found by archaeologists in the Khorsabad palace ruins near Nineveh. The lock was estimated to be 4,000 years old. It was a forerunner to a pin tumbler type of lock, and a common Egyptian lock for the time. This lock worked using a large wooden bolt to secure a door, which had a slot with several holes in its upper surface. The holes were filled with wooden pegs that prevented the bolt from being opened.
The first serious attempt to improve the security of the lock was made in 1778 in England. Robert Barron patented a double-acting tumbler lock.
Joseph Bramah patented the safety lock in 1784. Bramah's lock was considered unpickable. The inventor went on to create a Hydrostatic Machine, a beer-pump, the four-cock, a quill-sharpener, a working planer, and more.
In 1857, James Sargent invented the world's first successful key-changeable combination lock. His lock became popular with safe manufacturers and the United States Treasury Department. In 1873, Sargent patented a time lock mechanism that became the prototype of those being used in contemporary bank vaults.
Mr. Samuel Segal (former New York City policeman) invented the first jimmy proof locks in 1916. Segal holds over twenty-five patents.
Soref founded the Master Lock Company in 1921 and patented an improved padlock. In April 1924, he received a patent (U.S #1,490,987) for his new lock casing. Soref made a padlock that was both strong and cheap using a case constructed out of layers of metal, like the doors of a bank vault. He designed his padlock using laminated steel.
Linus Yale Sr.
Linus Yale invented a pin-tumbler lock in 1848. His son improved upon his lock using a smaller, flat key with serrated edges that is the basis of modern pin-tumbler locks.
Linus Yale Jr. (1821-1868)
Linus Yale Jr. was an American mechanical engineer and lock manufacturer who patented a cylinder pin-tumbler lock in 1861. Yale invented the modern combination lock in 1862.
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415 N. Earl Ave
Lafayette, IN 47904
Mon-Fri 8 AM - 5 PM
Sat 8 AM - 1 PM
200 W. Spring Street
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Mon-Fri 9 AM - 4 PM
Sat 8 AM - 1 PM
These guys are great. We have been using them for probably over 20 years and every experience is been really good. These guys care about the customers and they really know their stuff. I highly recommend them.
God Bless Haley's Lock Safe & Key! We were petsitting for our neighbors and called our local locksmith in Monticello, IN, who wouldn't return our calls. The lock had broken and was spinning freely so we couldn't get into the house to let the dogs out and feed them and the cat. Finally, after 15 hours and on Sunday morning, we gave up on the Lock Doctor and called Haley's.
“I had a very old plat book with a hidden metal mechanism which comprised the binding, and the tool which opened this mechanism it was lost. I wanted to open it, so I spent lots of time investigating modern alternatives with no luck.. I finally hit on Haley’s: they had the binding opened in about 20 minutes! They are lock experts, and I am very grateful for their help.”
We had a spare key go missing while some work was being done on our home. Afraid that one of the laborers has swiped it, we decided to have the locks changed. I called Haley's and a very pleasant and professional locksmith was out first thing the next morning.
Haley's was great from calling to set up an appointment to have locksmith look at the lock to having them replace the lock. (They had to order the parts). Everyone involved, especially the locksmith were very nice and professional. They called to let me know the locksmith was running late on another customer appointment and he called to let me know he was on his way.
These are the most professional people I have every had do work for me. They arrived on time, they were very courteous and professional. I would recommend this company to anyone that needs any lock work done. They did exactly what they said they would do and there were no hidden costs. They cleaned up their work area when they were finished.
Just want to say the crew sent to move my Dad’s safe did a fantastic job. They arrived on time, a little early in fact, took their time and every precaution to ensure there were no negatives. We couldn’t have asked for more from this crew. Thanks.
The Haley’s technician came by and walked the house to do an estimate. He pointed out items to me and suggested appropriate fixes. He would need to get parts and we set a date for the work to be done. We had set a date and time the week before, but I was called a couple of days before and we agreed on a date the next week. The technician was on time and went right to work, cleaning up after himself. It took about 2 hours and he demonstrated the different devices he had installed. It involved 2 patio door locking mechanisms and 6 exterior door locks and/or bolts. The technician was very good to work with and made sure I was totally satisfied.
Jeff, the owner, and his staff were incredibly helpful and honest. I came in to price how much it would be to have the locks rekeyed on my new house. I have original old locks that I thought I needed someone to come out and fix but they took the time to show me how to take it out and bring it in saving me 65 bucks on a house call! Brought the locks in that day! Will definitely return.
The folks at Haley's have been the best. They installed and manage the security cameras and locks at our business. Their service and support is fantastic. I would highly recommend Haley's, they have taken great care of us for the last several years.
I've taken numerous keys to get made at Haley's and have never had a bad experience. Price's are reasonable and the staff is pretty knowledgeable. I'd recommend them!
I like doing business with these guys (Crawfordsville store). I've bought keys, a handgun, ammo, etc, and it's always a good experience. They're both knowledgeable and extremely nice folks to deal with. Their prices are right on the money too!
Door had issues locking and unlocking. I contacted them through their website and received a call back the same day to set up an appointment for the following week. Haley's staff came to the house, were incredibly helpful and friendly, explained the problem, and handled the issue quickly and professionally. Thank you!
I was amazed we have been having problems finding a duplicate key for our Polaris Ranger. Went to Haleys they made me the key told me to take it home and make sure it worked then come back in to pay for it. I didn't think businesses gave this kind of service anymore. We are not from Lafayette next time I will save my time and just make a trip to Lafayette.