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Trio Patriot Deadbolt : Security AND Safety

Deadbolt locking products are the common ‘go-to’ when it comes to securing your home, however its generally been a play off between Security OR Safety – A Double Cylinder Deadbolt provides the security whilst a Single Cylinder Deadbolt offers fast and easy exit in case of an emergency.

A usual work-around for this dilemma is to simply leave a key inserted into the internal cylinder, therefor defeating the purpose of the double cylinder lock in the first place!


True to their tag line of “Our family protecting yours”, Trio have combined security AND safety in the one product – The Patriot – setting a new benchmark in Deadbolt Security Products and throwing in a few new Australian designed patents into the mix.

To achieve this combination, The Patriot functions in three modes;

 Unlocked: Free Entry on both sides

 Locked: Exterior Secure, Interior Free Exit

 Deadlocked: Exterior Secure, Interior Secure

When they say secure, they mean it! The Deadbolt itself is a counter balanced bolt, meaning there’s actual locking bolt in both the door AND the frame – a traditional bolt generally throws the bolt completely into the frame which leaves a weak point at the edge of the door. Trio have achieved this security without compromise of bolt projection, so no need to worry about those doors with a larger gap between the frame.

From an installers point of view The Patriot is a breeze to work with, rekeying doesn’t require the whole lock to be stripped down and the patented adjustable spindle means it will fit doors 30-50mm without cutting or swapping tails.

It’s the operator that truly benefits with The Patriot, to ensure there are no ‘accidental lock-ins’ a conscience decision needs to be made whether the lock is deadlocked or not, this is achieved by ‘priming’ the lock on the internal side before deadlocking can take place. Deadlocking triggers a visual indicator which can be seen from more than 10 meters away


Having been in the industry for some time, It’s not often we see a new product like this pop up that ticks all the boxes – quick installation, multiple functionality and ease of use. The Trio Patriot Deadbolt is available from Lock Supplies instore or online

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Providing temporary access - a cheap alternative

Need to give someone access to a home when your not around? A Kidde Keysafe is often used as a real estate key box, and could be the solution for you. Simply hang it somewhere near your door, and you can control who can get access to your spare keys.


Useful for ensuring that your kids can always get home, even if they lose their key, and for any tradesmen that you need to get work done when your not around to let them in. Also useful as a Real Estate Key Box so that whenever an agent is showing prospective buyers around the house there is no fiddling with key racks and trying to find the right key. Instead they can just go straight there and get a spare key from this highly secure keybox.

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Charity days

We recently ran a successful fundraising event to help our good friends at Adelite raise much needed funds for the Little Heroes Foundation - Our $1 per cut key donated on the day was a crowd favourite and customers' enjoyed the product specials we had on offer throughout the day as proceeds from these sales where also donated to the Little Heroes.

Thanks to the success of the day and great support we received from our customers, we have decided to continue with such events moving forward. 

On the last Friday of every month, Lock Supplies will raise funds for a particular charity/cause.

If you are running a fundraiser and would like our support, please contact us.

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How to: Changing a screen door cylinder

Need to change the cylinder on a security screen door?

Here’s how:

Firstly, for a Whitco MK II Tasman lock the lock needs to be in the locked position.

 To do this, when door is open you will need to press the deadlatching pin which sits above the main latch 

 Next, you will need to undo the cylinder retaining screw

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Window Locks - Kids Don't Fly

Window Locks - Kids Don't Fly


Locking windows is no longer just about keeping your family safe from a burglary, recent changes made by the Australian Building Code Board (ABCB) are now making homes safer for children. Important new requirements in the Nation Construction Code pertaining to all openable windows in new residential buildings, which are more than two metres off the ground, now require a barrier in the form of either window locks or a suitable screen fitted to restrict opening of more than 125mm.

However, it just doesn’t apply to new buildings; thanks to a campaign entitled “Kids Don’t Fly” run by the Westmead Children’s Hospital, a bill has passed in the NSW Government which will make it mandatory for existing residential strata schemes to come in line with the new codes also. Although they have until 2018 to comply, Mr Anthony Roberts MP urges concerned parents to work with owners corporations to start the process as soon as possible.

In order to comply, the ABCB anticipate that 80% of these barriers will be sourced in the form of window locks and screens to make up the remaining 20%. This is due to the lower cost and ease of installation of window locks.

Products such as the Carbine window lock range are ideal to secure a variety of window applications (sliding, sash, casement and awning) as these are lockable when the window is open (for ventilation, keeping in mind the 125mm requirement) and closed.

The Carbine range offers the choice of 2 different key styles; the older ‘LF43R’ profile which can be keyed the same as other branded window locks or the common ‘C4’ profile which is used on most household door locks, allowing for 1 key to work all your locks. Carbine developed a patented wafer system for their window locks which use the ‘C4’ key; this allows for easy DIY installation of the product as no modification to the application is required for a standard 5 pin length key to work.

Available in various colours to suit modern and contemporary windows, Carbine window locks provide added security through concealed fixings and/or one-way security screws. Each lock is supplied with required fixings and installation instructions, available through Lock Supplies




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