Up And Down And In

I attended a lost key lockout this morning where the door had two high security locks — unpickable and very expensive to destroy. And there were spare keys waiting inside.

It was a ground floor flat so I asked if there was access to the back door. No. We could try to raise a neighbour but there were high fences with a trellises between the properties. Anyway I’m not up for climbing fences today.

Ah, but the top flat are having an attic room added, the builders are there right now and there’s a ladder all the way (three stories) down to the back yard.

Neighbour and neighbour’s builders were happy for us to troop up and climb down. I wasn’t quite so happy as it was a very long ladder.

The back door was locked with a double euro profile cylinder and the keys were in the inside half of the cylinder and they were turned. So it took two bits of jiggery-pokery before I could start picking the lock. But eventually we were in.

Morals:

  • Plan what you’re going to do if you lose keys to a high security lock. Have you got a friend who can hold a copy? Do you have the fitter’s or manufacturer’s telephone numbers?
  • Leaving keys turned in the inside half of a double euro profile cylinder makes it more difficult for all but the most gifted locksmith (ahem) or burglar. (Euro profile cylinders are those upside-down exclamation mark shaped cylinders that go right through the door.)
  • By contrast, leaving keys on the inside of a mortice lock, turned or not, makes it very easy for the thief. Don’t ever do it.
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