Jargon

If you've been looking at the web literature already, you are probably already aware how much jargon is used to describe safes, the materials used to make them, and the processes to build them. This section of the site is dedicated to explain in simpe terms what things mean. If you've found a term or phrase that does not appear here, please let us know and we will do our best to add it.

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This is an anti-penetrating security layer used in the construction of safes. 
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ACTIVE RELOCKING DEVICE

This device protects a safe against forced
entry by placing its bolts every time a safes door is 
closed.
Activation via attack prevents it from retracting its bolts.

ADAMANTIUM

Created by safe manufacturer John Tann. A specialized concrete barrier material used in the construction of a safes inner structure.

AED

Anti Explosive Devices are designed to prevent safes from being compromised in the event of an attack. Safes can be manufactured with live, dead and thermal AED’s. These mechanisms are non returnable and once activated, permanently lock the boltwork of a safe making it inoperable.

AFTER HOURS DEPOSITORY

This depository system allows items to be
protected in a safe after regular operating hours without having to
open the main safe compartment, thus limiting full access to other
contents within the safe.

ALCHRONITE

This ISM patented torch and drill resistant
composite material was developed to withstand the most concentrated
attacks on safes, using the most sophisticated equipment, by burglars
today. A highly 
torch resistant cast alloy surrounds a consistently
staggered drill resistant alloy multi-grid, assuring a complete barrier
in the safe with no weak points.

ALIVE RELOCKING

Alive relocking devices operate every time
the safe is locked. They are designed to secure the safe door in case
of attack by automatically securing the bolts if the locks of the safe
are damaged. Once activated, this mechanism will permanently lock the
boltwork making the safe inoperable.

ALL CAST CONSTRUCTION

A security anti penetration layer used in
safes. It refers to a type and standard of material used for a
particular layer within the safes wall.

ALL CAST INSULATION

All Cast Insulation is a security anti
penetration layer used in safes. This refers specifically to a layer
under the outer skin of many safes.

ALLOY STEEL PLATES

Alloy steel plates are used to prevent the
drilling of a safes lock in an attempted attack. Alloy steel is a
material to which one or more alloying elements other than carbon have
been deliberately added (e.g. chromium, nickel, molybdenum) to achieve
a particular physical property.

ALURAMIC

Aluramic is a casting material created by
SMP safe manufacturers. Used in the construction of some SMP safe doors
and bodies it acts as an anti penetration layer.

ANCHORING

Anchoring a safe refers to fixing a safe to
a specific location. This entails bolting the safe to a floor or wall
to prevent it from being moved or stolen.

ANODIZED ALUMINIUM

Anodized Aluminium is used as a security layer when constructing safes to protect them against attack. Aluminum can be made stronger and more durable through a process called ‘anodizing’. Anodizing involves placing a sheet of aluminum into a chemical acid bath. The sheet of aluminum becomes the positive anode of a chemical battery and the acid bath becomes the negative. An electric current passes through the acid causing the surface of the aluminum to oxidize (essentially rust). The oxidized aluminum forms a strong coating as it replaces the original aluminum on the surface. The result is an extremely hard substance called anodized aluminum.

Anodized aluminum can be nearly as hard as diamond under the right anodizing process. Many modern buildings use anodized aluminum in places where the metal framework is exposed to the elements. Anodized aluminum is also a popular material for making high-end cookware such as frying pans and pots. Heat is distributed evenly across anodized aluminum, and the process of anodizing provides a naturally protective finish.

ANTI-OBSERVATION DIALv

An anti-observation dial is a shield in the lock region of a safe that prevents other people from viewing individual combination numbers as they are being entered.

ANTI-PICKING NOTCHING

Anti-picking notches are a security feature used in safe locks to prevent the lock from being picked. They cause the lock picker to incorrectly believe that a lever is at the correct height.

ARMORED ESCUTCHEON

A usually hardened escutcheon, typically beveled, that resists physical attack.

ARMOURED FACE PLATE

A face plate or lock front that conceals all locks and/or cylinder mounting screws on safes.