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Facts About Locks and Keys

One of the most crucial needs of humans is the security of lives and property. People employ various methods and technologies to ensure the security of lives and properties. However, of all the security technologies available in the world today, none is as famous as the lock and key. 

Many people already know the ins and outs of these devices. You will be amazed to know that there are more locks and keys than you think you know. 

The Use of Locks and Keys dates back to over 4,000 years 

It would interest you to know that humans first used locks and keys more than 4,000 years ago. Scientists found some of the earliest locks in ancient caves in Egypt. Interestingly, archaeologists found a majority of these locks in tombs of ancient mummies.   

History of Combination Locks

Did you know that combination locks have been in use since 1857? Well, now you do. In 1857, an American locksmith, James Sargent, born in Vermont, invented the combination lock. In 1865, eight years after his invention, the businessman then established his manufacturing company where he manufactured combination locks. Interestingly, after over 150 years, the Sargent and Greenleaf lock manufacturing company still works to date.  

Birds Can Pick Locks

In 2017, a parrot by the name of Magic dazzled the world with her bizarre lockpicking skills. With nothing other than its beak, this amazing bird was able to make its way through two padlocks on its cage. Although no other bird has been recorded with such amazing feats, Magic gives a glimpse that birds might have the power to pick locks.   

Fort Knox Key Codes Change Daily

Fort Knox is the place where the United States stores a majority of its gold reserves and is considered one of the most secure buildings in the world. One of the security systems on the ground is the use of key codes in the entry doors that are constantly changing.  

Wooden Locks Were Once Popular 

Believe it or not, there was a time in history when people used wooden locks to secure their lives and properties. Now, due to evolving security risks, locks have to be made from solid metal materials. 

People still use locks and keys to date, but they are becoming more sophisticated with advancing security threats and technology. Cooper Locksmith Decatur is a leader in fixing and installing the different lock and key systems and offers a wide range of locksmith services. 

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