Designing a lock to be completely secure is something that has challenged locksmiths for centuries - even millennia. Locks have been around since as far back as ancient Mesopotamia - one of the first civilised cultures ever to emerge, but since then they have come on a long way as the demand for greater and greater security has emerged. The real production of highly secure locks began around the middle ages when locksmiths started forming guilds in order to organise their trade. These guilds then challenged their members to keep up their quality and to design more impressive locks in order to progress through the hierarchy. However the locksmith of the time was challenged by the thief of the time, and just as the locks would become more and more advanced, so would lock picking techniques - resulting in an 'arms race' of sorts. Crime rates have since continued to sore, and the advancements in technology have lead to further advancements in locksmith technology meaning that locks today are highly effective compared to those back then. Designing infallible locks offers a very interesting intellectual challenge that requires some lateral thinking and imagination to create. The locks of many years ago were mainly church locks, which had only several possible combinations meaning that anyone could pick them and that skeleton keys could be devised in order to work in any lock. Today these are used only as an arbitrary security measure on cupboards and gates where it is not highly important to keep trespassers out. The main innovation in locksmith technology came with the double chamber lock or the cylinder lock. This is essentially a lock that involves a cylinder in a chamber, held in place by a number of pins. These pins can only be removed by a key with a specific number and spacing of ridges and divots on its blade, meaning that there are literally millions of combinations. Should the lock be bypassed, then there is the option of simply removing the inner cylinder to replace it. However these pins could be manipulated manually by someone with a lock pick set, or beaten by the technique which was then used involving the creation of many different keys on-site. This lead to the development of the 'detector' lock, which would react to attempts to pick it by jamming. This mean that not only would the lock picking attempt be foiled, but also that the owner of the lock would be alerted to the trespass attempt when they came home to find their lock jammed. This was believed to be an 'unpickable' lock until it was beaten by a prominent locksmith at the time. This lead further to the creation of the 'protector' lock, which was even more efficient due to its ability to change shape in response to pressure placed on individual pins. This way it would change as the individual tried to pick it meaning that they would constantly have to adapt and would likely struggle to pick it as a result. Today digital locks and time-locked doors offer a whole new level of security that takes advantage of a different kind of digital technology. Locksmith Oakland can help you to find the most secure locks available. Visit the link for a Locksmith Morgan Hill.