5 thoughts on “Security Theater: Combination Lock Division

  1. I saw one where the chain was looped around several times, and properly locked so the ends were cinched together, but the whole array was on some H shaped door handles, and it was all on top of the H, so the lock and chain could be easy lifted off the door handles (running at least one loop underneath would have made it actually secure, but without that touch it too looked impressive while giving no real security).

  2. We have daisy-chained locks on our main gate. Power, Propane Guys, and ours. The power company uses one key for all company padlocks, but most thieves realize it’s a Really Bad Idea to break a locked gate. (Most locals keep something for cougars and undesired company.) Now, if I can keep the Propane Guys from mislocking, I’ll be thrilled. We have the combination for when they lock us in or out. and have had to use it a few times. Arggh.

    1. Having to carry a bolt cutter to get back into my own house would be annoying.

      On the other paw, I was really glad to have a Genuine Vise-Grip in the car tool kit when we got locked into the Vassar Farm driveway late one evening; the chain had a high-security bolt-and-nut combo just slightly beyond finger tight.

      1. The first time it happened, somebody was home while the other was out. The second time, we were inside. After that, each vehicle got a slip of paper with the combination. We usually get propane 1-2 times a year, so it’s not a huge deal. This company is a whole lot better than the national one we had previously. I’ll skip the rant over them… (We provided the lock, and part of the deal was that we knew the combination.)

      2. Oh, and we have other gates with single locks on them. The land was originally several 1 acre parcels, so multiple gates for our acreage wasn’t out of line.

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