Mul-T-Lock® Top Products

Mul-T-Lock® products represent versatility and strength. As manufacturers of quality, innovative, high security products, Mul-T-Lock® is a name respected by locksmiths around the world. Although all of their products are rated by ANSI and the BHMA as some of the most secure on the market, we think the products below represent some of the best lock hardware that money can buy.

Break Secure XP

Break Secure XP is a new, top of the range, retrofit cylinder featuring numerous high security innovations for home protection. It is the first cylinder to achieve the new BSI Kite mark TS007 3* accreditation, without the need for high security handles, and is resistant to all forms of cylinder attack.

The Break Secure XP cylinder is engineered using high strength, robust materials, which under laboratory testing have proven to withstand prolonged drilling. Manufactured with interlocking cams, the cylinder surpasses other brands due to its greater degree of strength. Break Secure XP is designed to be grip resistant to thwart intruder attempts to wrench the lock with grips, and most impressive of all, the front section is designed to snap off if forced, leaving all your entrance points secured should any break in be attempted.
The Break Secure XP cylinder is truly one of the top performing cylinders on the market today.

Mul-T-Lock MT5+ Hercular® Double Cylinder Deadbolt

Reinforced in just about every way possible, this unique double cylinder deadbolt will stop almost any attempt at forced entry.
The patented MT5®+ range uses telescopic pin technology, meaning that the correct alignment of the top bar pins depends upon a unique combination key being inserted into the cylinder. The key includes additional security features, such as the patented mobile interacting spring (Alpha spring) which is located at the tip of the key. This engages a separate pin at the rear of the mechanism, in effect creating a double shear line.

All MT5+ products have a patented double-sided key which can only be duplicated by authorized dealers. The MT5+ key secure system requires a unique key authorization magnetic strip card which must be presented to the dealer before any additional keys can be supplied.

The Mul-T-Lock MT5+ Hercular® Double Cylinder Deadbolt is rated as a grade 1 locking mechanism by ANSI, and is the only product of its kind to include an adjustable backset.

For more information about Mul-T-Lock® products, or for advice about upgrading your security systems, contact the team at Professional Locksmiths today on 1-877-864-4134, our experts are on hand and happy to help.

What Are The Advantages Of Choosing Medeco® Locks?

Since the 1980’s, Medeco® have been leaders in the field of locksmithing. Medeco® locks are heavy and tough, and have the reputation of being one of the most attack resistant locks available on the market today.

There are several reasons why Medeco® products are considered to be amongst the best money can buy. They’re pick, drill and bump resistant, and are highly restricted. Read on to see why we recommend this world renowned brand.

Bump resistant technology:

It’s a little known fact that thieves can break into most consumer grade pin tumbler locks in just a few seconds, and so most lock hardware you see in the general store, offers a relatively low level of security.

If a criminal wants to gain access to your property, they can quickly and easily get in by using a technique known as “lock bumping”. Lock bumping requires no more equipment than a “bump key” (which can be made at home or bought cheaply from the internet,) and a small plastic paddle. With a wealth of information about lock picking readily available on the internet today, it’s not hard for criminals to find a way to break in. Worst of all, lock bumping is almost impossible to detect, so if you’re unfortunate enough to be broken into, you may not even be able to claim compensation from the insurance company.

Medeco® locks are made to be resistant to key bumping by using angled key cuts to neutralize bumping attacks which disperse the kinetic force.

Pick and drill protection:

Medeco®hardware is made with hardened steel inserts at drill points, making all Medeco® locks highly drill resistant. In fact, consumer reports have shown that Medeco®is the only brand that can withstand a break in from a common home drill. Medeco®locks also contain special side bar features that make them extremely difficult to pick.

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Medeco® keys can’t be cut by just anyone.

Using readily available technology, thieves are now able to create duplicate keys from almost any lock on the market. Medeco®ensures that their patented key duplication machines are distributed to authorized dealers only. This restricted procedure means that only the owner or an authorized individual can order copies of your keys.

Independent tests conducted at laboratories associated with ANSI/BHMA standards, consistently confirm that Medeco®high security locks meet or surpass all the necessary requirements for a high security cylinder. Medeco® is an excellent choice of hardware for clients needing extra security and peace of mind for their home or business.

For more advice about the benefits of installing Medeco® high security locks, call our Medeco Locksmith in Miami on 1-877-864-4134 today.


How to Choose High Security Locks

There are many different methods of securing your property, and with the vast range of products on the market today, it pays to seek advice before you spend your hard earned cash on an expensive security upgrade.

So what features should you look for when purchasing high security locks?


Look to purchase products from reputable brands. The extra money they cost is well worth the peace of mind. For example; the door cylinders on your exterior doors are probably the most vulnerable components of your lock hardware. If an intruder can manipulate the cylinder, they can gain entry to your property. Medeco®is a highly respected, leading lock manufacturer, offering a wide range of pick, drill and bump resistant cylinders that in independent laboratory tests have been proven time and again to be highly resistant to attack. It isn’t worth cutting corners when it comes to your security. Always buy the best quality products your budget will allow.


Are the locks easy to service if something goes wrong? How expensive will it be to cut a duplicate key? Does the installation company offer good customer service if you want to upgrade again in the future? A reputable dealer should be able to answer all these questions for you. Remember, it’s no good investing in a high tech, electronic security system if there are annual or additional costs that make the system unviable.

Special security features:

Do you need the flexibility to adapt your security periodically? Do you require a master key system to be put in place for maintenance staff? Do you want the convenience of a single key to open all the doors on your premises?
Business owners have different security needs to people looking to secure a residential property. Key control is just one aspect of security you may need to consider. For tailor made, individualized security plans at this level, consult the experts. Again, it isn’t worth the trouble cutting corners and trying to do it yourself, especially if you have valuable contents to secure.

ANSI/BHMA standards:

Last of all make sure that all your hardware complies with recognized industry standards.
ANSI is the American National Standards Institute which oversees guidelines relating to consumer goods. The body coordinates voluntary standardization to develop and maintain performance standards for builder’s hardware. It introduced the idea of product grades to help identify the quality and durability of locksets through a series of operational and security tests. 
BHMA stands for the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association. This is the trade association for North American manufacturers of commercial builder’s hardware. BHMA is involved in monitoring standards, safety regulations and other activities that specifically impact builder’s hardware.

Products that are marked as ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 are the strongest available residential or commercial lock products.
Always buy locks that are ANSI/BHMA approved if you want to be sure you’re buying the highest quality locks available.
For advice on installing or upgrading a high security lock system for your home or business, ring 1-877-864-4134 to speak to one of our Miami Locksmiths.

How to Open a Locked Car

Lock technology has moved with the times and unlike older vehicles from the 80’s and 90’s most new cars are equipped with digital keys and electronic door openers that don’t allow you to lock your keys inside your vehicle. However, these keys can be expensive to replace if they get lost, and in some cases, the vehicle may need to be towed to a dealer who can order a new key.
The tips below are really only helpful to drivers of vehicles with older style locks fitted, but there are some things you can do before an emergency occurs so you’re prepared and know what to do should you find yourself locked out.


If you’re someone who regularly loses your keys, or locks them inside your vehicle, it may be worth considering getting a spare set to leave with a trusted friend. Another option is to purchase a small magnetic key box which can be attached to a discrete place somewhere on your vehicle, so you know you always have a spare to hand in case of emergencies.

If you’ve locked your keys in your vehicle, here’s what you need to do:

1. You need a wire coat hanger, (or the rib of an umbrella will do.) Straighten out the metal rod and make a small hook at the end. You will use this to grab the handle and open the door from the inside.
2. Pry your vehicle door open slightly, and use a rubber doorstop, or some other similar object to act as a lever to keep the door ajar while you work. Make sure that whatever object you use is not going to scratch your paintwork. The door needs to be open about a half inch to gain access to the interior handle.
3. Insert the wire down the side of the door jamb and attempt to hook it onto the handle. Now give it a yank!
Bear in mind that if your handles are recessed, this is going to be quite a tricky manoeuver to perform. In some cases it may be easier to attempt to pull up the little buttons on the window ledge by making a loop with the wire, and hooking it over the top.
If you have an electronic key device, you may still be able to open the door, but if the key is lost, you still have the issue of starting the ignition. Some vehicles have override switches, so it may be worth checking your manual to see if your vehicle can be started by another method.

If all else fails, it pays to call professional help. Professional Locksmiths offer an emergency roadside service which operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We aim to get to you within 15 minutes, regardless of your location.
Tip: Car keys are coded by the manufacturer, so if you have a note of the number and some personal identification, our locksmiths can provide you with a new key. Always ensure you have a note of the number in case of emergencies.
For more information about our vehicle lock out services click here, or call our team on 1-877-864-4134 today.

Common Lock Problems And How to Fix Them

Most people don’t concern themselves with their locks – until something goes wrong. But many people don’t realise that not all lock problems require the services of a locksmith. Sometimes, a few simple DIY skills are all that are needed to fix the problem. If you’re having difficulty with your locks, our handy guide could provide the solution to your dilemma.

What to do if your lock is sticking:

A sticky door lock is a common problem than can usually be resolved without having to call out a locksmith. Wear and tear and a build up of grime are often to blame. To make sure your key turns easily, you’ll need some effective lubrication that won’t add to the gunk. The problem can usually be resolved with the help of , which can be bought quite cheaply from the automotive section of most hardware stores.

If you don’t have any powdered graphite to hand, sewing machine oil, vegetable oil or WD-40 can help, but be aware that the grease will probably make the problem worse after a while, as it tends to attract more dust particles and dirt.
Squeeze a small amount of the powdered graphite into the key hole. It also helps to apply some to the latch (this should ease the keying action.) The key should now turn easily in the lock.

Tip: Frequently used keys often have roughened edges through overuse. Use a nail file to smooth down any burrs, or better still, get a new key cut.

What to do if your lock is frozen:

If your lock is frozen, try heating your key with a match or by placing your key on your car radiator until it gets hot. It’s best not to try and apply heat directly to the lock itself, as this may cause damage. Insert the key into the lock (wearing gloves if you have them) and gently, without force, turn the key from side to side until it begins to turn.

What to do if your door won’t lock:

This usually indicates a problem with the latch rather than the locking mechanism. Often, the striker (the flat metal plate on the door frame into which the door bolt slides) doesn’t go all the way into the jamb because the door has warped, the screws have loosened, or the plate has moved.

First of all, try tightening the screws on the striker plate to see if this will resolve the problem. If that doesn’t work, remove the door stop (the hardware in the door frame that holds the lock in place when the door is locked shut) and set it back ¼ of an inch from its original position -there will usually be a distinct line in the paint where it has moved away. The door should now lock normally.

If you’ve tried our tips and still find you’re having problems, our professional experts are on hand to offer advice and solutions to all your lock queries. Call our team on 1-877-864-4134 today for some friendly advice. Your security is our priority.

The History of Locksmithing:

People have always had a need to protect their homes and possessions from intruders and thieves.
Because locks are the primary method for safeguarding our property and belongings, it’s no surprise that locksmiths have always had an important job to do.

Locks come in all shapes and sizes, from basic padlocks, to the most up to date state of the art technology such as retinal scanning, but the very first lock was made from wood over 4000 years ago. These wooden locks were invented by the Egyptians who pioneered the technique of using falling pins to control the movement of the security lock. The bolt was freed from the lock position with the use of a large and cumbersome key, and had to be manually lifted upwards to displace the pins.

In early roman times, rich families kept their valuables in secure boxes in the home. It was common practice for rich men and women to wear keys as rings on their fingers, not only so they could be kept handy at all times, but also as a way of displaying their wealth. Keys were status symbols, signalling to others that the wearer had jewellery and cash worth securing.
The first locks made from metal began to appear around 870 AD, and it’s believed they were made by English craftsmen.

The American lock industry really began in the mid 1700s. With the founding of the Republic and new prosperity, there was a growing demand for sturdy door locks, padlocks, and locks for safes and vaults. Between 1774 and 1920, American lock makers patented around 3,000 varieties of lock devices; amongst these was the patent for the “domestic lock,” by Linus Yale, and a new type of cylindrical pin tumbler lock developed by Walter Schlage.

For a long period of time, locksmiths were skilled metal workers who created by hand the dozens of individual pieces necessary for a lock to work, and hand forging the keys to open them. Today, modern manufacturers produce 99.9% of commercial locks, and the job of the locksmith predominantly involves repairing locks and giving advice around security issues.

How to Pick a Pin and Tumbler Lock

Lock picking is not recommended as it can cause damage to your locks, and requires a great deal of patience and skill. A professional locksmith will have a range of specialized tools to allow them to gain entry in a short space of time, and with the minimum amount of damage to your hardware. Before you attempt to pick a lock, it is sensible to weigh up the cost of replacing the hardware as opposed to the cost of the call out fee.

The method described below can be used for opening basic pin and tumbler locks in common use at residential properties. However, it is not advisable to attempt to pick more complicated door locks, which usually require the assistance of a specialist.

What is a pin and tumbler lock?

Before you attempt to pick the lock, it’s important to understand the basic principles of how the lock works.
Common pin and tumbler locks contain a cylinder that rotates within its housing. When the door is locked, the cylinder is unable to rotate as it is held in place by several pairs of pins (there are usually six pairs, consisting of a top and bottom pin.)
The top pin of each pair extends into both the cylinder and the housing, preventing it from moving and keeping the door locked. When the correct key is inserted, it pushes the pins upwards, so that the top pin is no longer in the cylinder, allowing the lock to turn and the door to open. Springs provide resistance to hold the top pins in place.

Picking the lock:

To pick a pin and tumbler lock you will need some basic lock picking tools. Lock picking kits can be bought quite cheaply online. Amateur kits for hobbyists usually consist of five basic picks and a tension wrench.

  • Place the tension wrench into the lower portion of the keyhole, and determine which way the lock will turn. When you turn the cylinder the right way, there should be a little give.
  • Using a gentle twisting motion, use the tension wrench to hold the cylinder in place while you feel for the pins.
  • Insert the pick into the upper part of the keyhole and press upwards to feel for the individual pins. Identify the most difficult pin to push up, and attempt to dislodge this one first.
  • Press the stubborn pin with just enough pressure to overcome the downward pressure of the spring. Continue to push on the upper pin until it is completely out of the cylinder. You will know when this happens as the lower pin will drop out, and you should hear a clicking sound. By applying the right amount of torque, the upper pin should rest on top of the cylinder and not fall back down. This part requires some skill.

Medeco® Top Product Reviews

Medeco® products are renowned for their attack resistant and tamper-proof design features which provide strong protection against forced entry. A leading brand of lock manufacturers, Medeco® products lead the way in innovative design in both residential and commercial security. With a wide range of hardware to suit every budget, Professional Locksmiths routinely recommend Medeco® products to customers who require value for money and peace of mind.

Here are two of our top recommended Medeco® products;

Medeco® Logic Residential Maxum deadbolt

The Medeco® Logic Residential Maxum deadbolt exceeds ANSI Grade 1 industry standards for auxiliary locks. The product is manufactured using top quality materials, and has diameter mounting bolts designed to resist wrenching, prying and hammer attacks. In addition, a 1 inch throw hardened steel bolt prevents sawing and crowbar attacks, providing maximum physical security for your dwelling. The cylinder is also equipped to provide the user with an audit trail, the ability to schedule user access rights, and the freedom to quickly and easily add or remove a key from the system.

The Medeco® Logic Residential Maxum deadbolt comes with the following features:

  • Electronically programmed keys to open specific locks during a designated time schedule.
  • Recorded information detailing a time-and-date stamped record of every event, including authorized accesses and unauthorized attempts.
  • he product is extremely versatile and simple to install. Medeco® Logic Key provides the power to the cylinder, so there’s no need for any wires or power supply.

Medeco® also manufactures a wide range of padlocks which are ideal for securing motor homes, garages or exterior buildings. We recommend the G8R series Padlock.

G8R Series Padlock

The G8R Series is designed for locking installations requiring weather resistance and strong physical security. The sealed construction is made from stainless steel to resist corrosion, and protect the unit from heavy rain and grime.

He GR8 Series Padlock boasts the following features:

  • The padlock can be adapted to house a variety of different cylinder technologies, making it an extremely versatile product. For example, it is compatible with Medeco® Logic and Medeco® XT cylinders for key control and pick resistance, or a NEXGEN cylinder for electronic access control features.
  • The GR8 Series Padlock is suitable for use in extreme environments, making it an ideal security solution for everything from trailers and gates to cargo containers.
  • The padlock can be adapted for use with stainless steel or hardened steel shackles to suit your particular application.

To enquire about Medeco® products, or to find out more about how we can help improve security at your residence or place of business, contact our experts today on 1-877-864-4134. Your security is our top priority.

How to Cut Open a Lock

There are many situations where you may find yourself needing to cut open a lock.

For example:
• Locks on sheds and outhouses can rust and become difficult to open.
• You may have forgotten the combination for the lock on your bike.
• You may have lost the key to a padlock, and need to gain entry to a safety deposit box.
There are two choices. You can either call out a locksmith who will have all the necessary experience and professional tools needed to cut open your lock, or you can save money and try to break the lock yourself.

What tools do you need to break open a lock?
A bolt cutter is your first option. Bolt cutters can be bought at any local hardware store and are cheaper than calling out a locksmith. Bolt cutters are really nothing more than a large pair of scissors, but they do require a little elbow grease to break through the lock. If you’re looking to purchase bolt cutters to cut open a lock, then you should consider buying ones with long handles, as this gives you more leverage for greater power, making the lock easier to break.
Another option is to use a reciprocating Saw.
A reciprocating saw has a tough blade a bit like a jigsaw, and can be used to cut through the bolts on a lock. Using this type of saw generates a lot of heat, so always be sure to wear safety goggles before you attempt to cut the lock. This will prevent dust from the metal getting into your eyes.
If the lock is really tough you could use an angle grinder equipped with a diamond blade. These are relatively expensive specialist tools, but will definitely do the job. Angle grinders grind through the lock, but using this type of tool generates a lot of sparks, so you must protect your eyes with goggles before attempting to cut the lock. Using an angle grinder also creates a lot of noise, so only consider using this tool if the lock proves impossible to break with either a bolt cutter or a reciprocating saw.
Finally, if you still can’t break the lock, consider a cutting torch. Cutting torches can generate flames of up to 4000 degrees, so it’s wise to protect both your hands and face if you’re considering using this method to cut open your lock. Be aware of any fire risks. Wooden shed doors and other flammable materials can easily set alight.

If you are unsure, then you should call a locksmith professional.

How to Replace Your House Locks Step by Step:

The majority of door locks can be replaced relatively inexpensively, and in most cases can simply be switched over without much fuss. There are two types of lock you might need to change in your home; a door knob, or a cylinder lock. Most locks can be changed without having to call out a locksmith. Follow our simple instructions to see how easy it is to do it yourself.

Knob lock
1. Remove the main body of the lock by removing the screws which hold the lock in place. Some door knobs may have a decorative ring which obscures the screws.
2. Remove the door knobs from both sides of the door, leaving only the latch mechanism in place.
3. Remove the latch. Usually this will slide straight out without much effort.
4. Insert the new latch, making sure that it aligns with the centre of the hole where the new door knob will be installed. All latches come in 2 sizes, either 2 ¾ or 2 3/8. Most are adapted so they can be adjusted to the right size.
5. Take the new door knobs and slide them through. Ensure the right handle is on the right side of the door.
6. Check the locking mechanism works and that the latch opens and closes smoothly, then screw the handles firmly back on to the door.

Profile cylinder lock

Profile cylinder locks are easy to change, and usually only require loosening a set screw, then sliding the cylinder out from its housing. The advantage to this is that you can replace the cylinder without having to change the door handles or other hardware.

1. Open the door to reveal the face of the lock.
2. Locate the centre screw by using the cylinder keyhole as a guide. Remove the screw.
3. Remove the cylinder by inserting the key and turning it slightly in the direction of the door hinges and pulling gently.
4. Insert the key into the replacement cylinder, and turn it slightly to align the cylinder cam.
5. Slide the replacement cylinder back into its housing.
6. Replace the centre screw, and then test that the door opens and closes without difficulty.