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Nov 15 2013

FF: Lockdown

Eric Paul of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies sent me these photos of another school lockdown product that a local school was using.  The lock is kept locked, and the add-on product keeps the latchbolt retracted until there’s an emergency and the teacher needs to lock the door.  This product can not be used on fire doors, which need to latch.  Have any of you ever seen or used this product?  Comments?

Lockdown Latch

Lockdown Latch  Lockdown Latch

Lockdown Latch

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11 Responses to “FF: Lockdown”

  1. Safecrackin Sammy says:

    Looks like something that was field fabricated….

    Signage is horrible…

    “Lock down/pull up” I can see as being confusing in a crisis situation.

    Cool! I need a new job!

  2. Cda says:

    Interesting, have it seen
    Seems like maintenance problem over the long run
    And would it be used that much one way or the other over the long run

  3. April Dalton-Noblitt says:

    This doesn’t seem like an advisable solution given that student on student or student on teacher violence and lockout are more probable risks in a classroom environment. We’d suggest that a true lockdown solution will not increase other risks and liabilities for the school or those within it.

    • Lori says:

      I agree. I hate to see the ability to lock and unlock the doors uncontrolled whether it’s a product like this or an office function lockset. There are thousands of crimes each year – assaults, vandalism, theft, sexual assault, which may be easier to carry out if someone can take control of the classroom by locking the door. I think we will eventually see schools held liable because of the type of locks or lockdown products they install.

  4. Lenny Scorpiniti says:

    Who is the manufacturer of this product?

  5. Eric Hirning says:

    Interesting solution. It never ceases to amaze me how creative some people are. Although there are many things that could go wrong using this “solution”, people’s heads are in the right place.

  6. Murray Schomburg says:

    The reality of this type of locking hardware is that no one needs it IF a few people in the school have conceal carry permits……….and use them. Simple and effective.

    • Lori says:

      Hi Murray –

      Without getting into a debate on guns, I think schools would still want the ability to lock classroom doors during an intruder situation.

      – Lori

  7. Jackie says:

    We would really be interested in knowing who makes this product. It would be a perfect solution for our school, which still has mostly wooden doors.


  8. Richard McKie says:

    Sorry for the years late comment but I just saw this post.
    This product is worse than useless. The exposed boltwork on the edge of the door is susceptible to damage.
    The projecting handle is likely to snag clothes or cause injury. As said before the signage is confusing.
    If there was sufficient space between the door and frame to install this initially movement of the door or frame could cause binding or not allow the door to close. With this device holding back the latch the door will not stay closed properly in regular use.
    Just install a D-50!

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