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High-Security Mechanical Locks: An Encyclopedic Reference

Graham W. Pulford
Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann
Item #:
1803
Published:
2008
Pages:
600
ISBN:
978-0-7506-8437-8
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$67.00
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$73.00

High-Security Mechanical Locks comprehensively surveys and explains the highly technical area of high-security locks in a way that is accessible to a wide audience. Over 100 different locks are presented and organized into 6 basic types. Each chapter introduces the necessary concepts in a historical perspective and further categorizes the locks with detailed diagrams and references. The descriptions are based on actual dissections of the real locks and include hundreds of original photographs.

The author focuses on key-operated locks and examines them in depth. He deals with the sensitive area of picking and bypassing of locks at a high level without revealing detailed information that is potentially dangerous in the wrong hands. He covers pin-tumbler locks, wafer locks, side-bar locks, lever locks, magnetic locks, car locks, lock permutations and fractals, and more. This book is an invaluable resource for those readers looking for a clear, well-presented technical treatment of locks.

Reviewed in Security Management, 9/08.

Format: Hardcover

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