Automatic Merchandiser

AUG 2015

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continue. That doesn't mean hope is lost. Mechanical and electronic locks are better than ever, and there are different features within each that makes them ideal for different situ- ations. Operators can analyze their situation, their machines and even the other ways they can increase security before deciding on a lock. And if there is a specifc problem, call a lock representative. They have a lot of knowledge about different options. Mechanical locks are most popular The biggest challenge to the security of mechanical locks is the internal mechanism inside. "If a lock's pins have tension and counter tension, it can be picked," said Watson Visu- wan, vice president of marketing for Lock America. No matter the type of mechanical lock: plug lock, padlock, 5-pin or 7-pin tumbler or fat key lock, they can all be accessed with the proper tool or information. Tubular keys do provide protection from a picking process called "Bump- ing". This method uses a key blank modifed by fling each key cut to its deepest depth. The "key" is then inserted into the lock where it is hit with a hammer, which causes the pins to jump up to the lock's shear line causing the inner cylinder to turn. Because the pins in a tubular lock are arranged in a circle, bump keying is no longer effective. While there are tools that can be purchased online to pick tubular locks, Visuwan still considers them medium security compared to the fat key locks often used for homes or offces. There are also different levels of security within tubular locks based on the material in the unit. In a case where the lock isn't being picked, but instead vandalized with a drill, wedge or liquid nitrogen, there are alternative ways to fght specif- cally against certain attacks. In the case of drilling, a solution might be an anti-drill lock made out of hardened steel called a "detainer disc" system, suggests Visuwan. Making the right decision on which lock will work best in a par- ticular application is most impor- tant. "With the proper knowledge and making a little more of an investment, you can have a lock with increased security that takes longer to break into, thus increas- ing the chances of the thief getting caught," said Visuwan. "If the lock keeps the would-be thief there for more than 15 minutes, the lock did its job." Fight internal and external threats One security option that pre- vents both internal and external theft is using electronic locks. Elec- tronic locks only allow the lock to open at designated times using des- ignated keys. The system also keeps a log of when the machine was open, and by what key, making it easier to identify issues. "We've been successful at stop- ping key copying problems," said Bill Denison, CEO at TriTeq Lock & Security. Properly designed electronic keys are extremely diffcult or almost impossible to copy or pick. It's important to address internal as well as the external theft issues, said Denison. He has seen lock access records that show that there is at least communication between the route driver and the thief, even if the route driver doesn't actually do the breaking and entering into the vending machine. Quality locks are a must for protecting an operation's assets. Electronic locks address security issues from both internal and external theft. '' The access records help identify what employees are aiding the thieves. '' Bill Denison, CEO, TriTeq Lock & Security August 2015 VendingMarketWatch.com Automatic Merchandiser 13 S E C U R I T Y

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