With Alarm Patents (Class 70/DIG49)
  • Patent number: 4803460
    Abstract: An anti-theft system for sensing the removal of an ignition lock assembly from its housing utilizing a grounding switch within the housing that is biased to disconnect an electrical path when the ignition switch is forcibly removed. An associated circuit provides continuous monitoring of the conduction path within the housing when the ignition switch it turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Dennis W. Rhee, Sidney R. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 4772877
    Abstract: This disclosure teaches a battery powered security indicating device which ttaches to the drawer of a safe. Sensors send drawer position and combination dial rotation signals to a microprocessor which in turn provides audio and or visual indication to the operator indicating when the drawer is open, when it is properly closed and when it is improperly locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Thomas J. Rice, Jr., John R. Thomson, Vaughn P. McDowell, Gregory H. Drescher
  • Patent number: 4726206
    Abstract: A lock comprising a hollow cylindrical seat, a cylindrical lock body for insertion into the seat and having a cavity in its exterior surface to accommodate a sphere therein, a screw hood for screwing onto the lock body, the hood having a plurality of cavities on its interior surface to accommodate the sphere, and a cylindrical lock barrel for insertion into the lock body and having a conical recession for accommodating the sphere to permit removal of the lock barrel and for pushing the sphere into the cavity in the screw hood to prevent removal of the lock barrel from the lock body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1988
    Inventor: Sheau-Po Hsu
  • Patent number: 4709897
    Abstract: A surveillance camera mount including a bracket and a base defining a hollow housing which are formed so as to render the mount essentially tamper-proof. The bracket is adapted to be secured to a mounting surface and includes a surface adapted to support a surveillance camera and an opening or channel disposed to face opposite the camera supporting surface. The base conforms to the opening or channel in the bracket and has a flange extending substantially about the perimeter thereof with at least a portion adapted to be disposed internally of the bracket. When the base is secured to the bracket, the fasteners adapted to mount the bracket to the mounting surface and the camera to the camera supporting surface are concealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: Quick-Set, Incorporated
    Inventor: Paul C. Mooney
  • Patent number: 4674307
    Abstract: An anti-theft device comprising a compartment having lowermost spring plate with spring clips, some of which have insulating tops, others having metallic tops so that if an incorrect anti-theft card is used, it will raise the contacts energizing the top plate to sound an alarm by energizing the horn and at the same time energizing the relay making it impossible to complete the starter circuit by the ignition switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Inventor: Donald Humphries, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4663611
    Abstract: This invention is an alarm lock which uses a key-releasable cable to secure an article to be protected to a fixed object. Should the cable be cut, a coded audio alarm is emitted, alerting the owner of the article. The cable contains a conductor which is connected to an alarm circuit sensitive to a resistance in series with the cable. Attempts to defeat the cable by jumpering or cutting or otherwise varying the resistance causes the alarm to be set off. Pulling the cable (tampering) also causes the alarm to operate, for a fixed period of time. The lock unit can be fixed to the handle bars of a bicycle and the alarm sound can be generated manually whereby it can be used as a horn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Inventor: Chris W. Humphrey
  • Patent number: 4656851
    Abstract: Fiber optic sensors are used at one or more of the top pin and spring asslies in a pin tumbler lock to sense either authorized or unauthorized attempt to open the lock. A fiber optic switching element, in a simple capsule form, can be installed in new or existing locks. Fiber optic circuitry signals surreptitious attempts to open the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Bobby J. Leek, Henry L. Self
  • Patent number: 4640109
    Abstract: A removable locking device for securing latch handles for the cargo doors of trucks, trailers, rail cars and the like against unauthorized access, comprising a slide box member permanently mounted to the exterior of the door, a removable slide member, a latch handle retaining means, and a cylinder lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Inventors: John M. Schaublin, Donna S. Schaublin
  • Patent number: 4624120
    Abstract: The assembly, in a first embodiment thereof, comprises an annular cam retainer which rotatably journalled on the mortise cylinder of an exit alarm unit, and has a limb disposed for movement by the tailpiece of the mortise cylinder for engagement with a bearing surface on the rotary, switch cam of the assembly. The cam retainer retains the rotary, switch cam in an alarm-silenced position while the key may be rotated in its key cylinder to a disengageable position and removed. The modification kit comprises a cam retainer (i.e., an unthreaded annulus, in one embodiment) required for modifying a key-operated, exit alarm, switch cam assembly to enable removal of the key with the alarm in a silenced position as aforesaid. The modification method sets forth the precedural steps in retrofitting a switch cam assembly with such a modification kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: Van Duprin, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert W. Hoffman, Richard B. Cohrs, William P. Dye
  • Patent number: 4563886
    Abstract: A locking arrangement for securing doors (2) or the like with two bolts (5, ) displaceable relative to the door (2) to be closed and two locking devices (7, 8) associated therewith are described. One of the two locking devices (7, 8) has a locking mechanism (9) lockable with a key (10) and the other one is associated with a remote-controllable unlocking drive (14). A positioning device (16) is furthermore associated with lock bolt (5) lockable by the locking mechanism (9), which is actuated when lock bolt (5) is open. The actuation of the remote-controllable unlocking drive (14) is released when lock bolt (5) is open. Safety bolt (6) is associated with the unlocking drive (14). A drive device (17) is associated with the safety bolt (6) and is effective in the opening direction. It cooperates with the lock bolt (5) and is movable with the same in a starting position provided for the displacement of the safety bolt (6 ).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1986
    Assignee: ELEKTRONIKBAU Krippner & Kletzmaier Gesellschaft m.b.H. & Co.
    Inventors: Karl Kletzmaier, Gunther Krippner
  • Patent number: 4546345
    Abstract: A theft preventing device comprising a lock body, a cable member having one end fixed to the lock body and the other end fastenable to the lock body to bring the device into a locking position, and an alarm system contained in the lock body. The alarm system includes an alarm device, a drive circuit for the alarm device, and an inhibiting circuit for the drive circuit. The inhibiting circuit is completed by means of a light-conducting member extending through and along the cable member. Maximized alarming effects against various means of theft are achieved, and thus the device suitably prevents an object to be protected from being stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1985
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Naito
  • Patent number: 4541260
    Abstract: The improved guard plate of this invention is used to protect the cylinder of a lock. It includes a relatively flat body, attached to the door in the vicinity of the cylinder, and a disc rotatably mounted between the door and the flat body. In an open position, an opening in the disc permits access to the cylinder; and, in the closed position, the solid portions of the disc do not permit access to the cylinder. In adition, rotatable fingers are provided so as to lock the rotatable discs in either the open or closed position. Further, a stud extends from each of the rotatable fingers into and through the door. On the end of each stud is an electrical contact which may come into intermittent contact with an electrical contact positioned on the inside surface of the door. Thus, rotation of the rotatable fingers in the incorrect direction or too far in the correct direction will cause touching of the two electrical contacts and completion of an electrical circuit which will activate an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Inventors: Edward Rubinstein, Efim Rubinshtein
  • Patent number: 4502306
    Abstract: A locking device for locking an outboard stern drive mechanism against removal from the stern of a boat, the locking device including a U-shaped cover member adapted to cover the stern drive mechanism. Support brackets are secured outboard of the stern and flanking the stern drive mechanism. The U-shaped cover member is pivotally connected to the brackets so that the cover member can be moved between a raised position providing access to the stern drive mechanism and a lowered position for covering the stern drive mechanism to prevent theft thereof. A locking member securely locks the cover member in its lowered position. The locking member includes a locking bar having a finger for extending into an opening in the stern drive mechanism so as to prevent the steering of the boat and operation of the stern drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1985
    Inventor: Paul Scammacca
  • Patent number: 4455552
    Abstract: A combination lock of the dial operated tumbler wheel type comprising lock mechanism components including a fence lever and rotatable members to be rotatably positioned responsive to rotation of a dial, the rotatable members including peripherally gated tumbler wheels and a drive cam driven from the dial, and electro-optical light sensing and electrical signalling means for producing sensible indications at a remote monitoring station signifying movement of components of the combination lock mechanism. This means comprises a marking having optically distinctive reflectivity properties on a component of the lock mechanism such as the driving cam and/or a tumbler wheel and/or the fence lever and optical sensor means positioned to receive light from the optically distinctive marking electrical signal signifying movement of the optically distinctive marking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Assignee: Sargent & Greenleaf, Inc.
    Inventors: Garry C. Greiner, Joe A. Shelley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4439758
    Abstract: A portable security device adapted to be removably mounted on a door frame adjacent the inside of an inwardly swinging door to prevent the opening of the door and actuate an alarm when forcible entry is attempted. A steel rod is embedded within a rigid housing and extends outwardly from an end wall of the housing. The rod is removably inserted into a complementary-shaped hole in the door frame. The housing has an angled wall extending downwardly toward the rod and forms an exterior angle of between 120.degree. and 165.degree. therebetween. The angled wall lies in abutting relationship with the inside surface of the door blocking the opening of the door. A battery-operated alarm is contained within the housing and has a control button that projects outwardly through a hole in the angled wall and engages the door for actuating an alarm switch. The angled wall may be covered with a sheet of resilient material with the switch button extending a short distance beyond the outer surface of the resilient sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Inventor: Richard E. Cantley
  • Patent number: 4422312
    Abstract: A lock assembly incorporating an exterior knob assembly which is axially movable into engagement with a latchbolt. The knob assembly includes a shaft having a circumferential groove into which a plurality of locking pins extend. The position of the locking pins is controlled by means of a number of combination knobs, and normally one or more of the locking pins is positioned within the circumferential groove to prevent axial movement of the exterior knob assembly. When the proper combination is chosen, the locking pins will be out of engagement with the groove, thereby allowing the exterior knob assembly to be moved into engagement with the latchbolt. The latch bolt can also be actuated by means of an interior knob assembly. The interior knob assembly is movable into a position which prevents engagement of the exterior knob assembly with the latchbolt despite the fact that the locking pins are all retracted from the circumferential groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1983
    Inventor: Israel Chermoni
  • Patent number: 4328691
    Abstract: An axial pin tumbler type lock with alarm triggering capability upon an attempt at picking by stemmed locking pins which will close a circuit through a contact element wherein the contact element is seated against the rear of the stationary sleeve which is of insulating material, the contact element having openings therein which allow the pin stems to pass through and beyond the contact element, and an insulating ring which is fixed to and rotatable with the spindle, the insulating ring being also made of insulating material and having a plurality of bores that can receive the pin stems thereby preventing the application of the requisite torque to defeat the lock by picking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1982
    Assignee: Fort Lock Corporation
    Inventor: Frank J. Scherbing
  • Patent number: 4328692
    Abstract: A pick-resistant-multiple-pin-tumbler cylinder for a lock is disclosed, the principal embodiments of which include an integral, key-displaceable, booby-trapped, lock-up element within the cylinder shell, and slidably mounted in relation to a portion of the rotationally displacable cylinder plug and in which the lock-up element contains a T-shaped peripheral notch which engages and receives a fixed pin or lug projecting from the bore and is thus both slidably and rotatively received in the shell and spring pressed axially for engagement of its shaped notch with the pin, whereby the peripheral dimension of the notch limits the rotation of the plug to a small angle until the lock-up trapping element is thrust towards the rear of the cylinder through the insertion into the plug's keyway of a properly profiled key, imparting a predetermined linear displacement effecting disengagement of the lock-up element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1982
    Inventors: Harry E. Dice, George K. C. Hardesty
  • Patent number: 4299361
    Abstract: A device for locking the ailerons and elevators of an aircraft controlled by a wheel-operated longitudinally shiftable and rotatable control column, and, at the same time preventing theft of the navigational instruments and radio equipment mounted on the instrument panel in the cockpit of the plane. The protective device takes the form of a cover formed of two overlapping plates having an arrangement for adjusting the overall width. The adjusted cover is mounted immediately adjacent the instrument panel by means of upper and lower clamping blocks secured about the control column in such a manner as to prevent unauthorized movements of the column and access to the instruments on the panel. The blocks have complementary semi-cylindrical grooves which clamp about the control column, and one block is fixed to the cover plate while the other is hinged to the first for ready uncoupling and coupling movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1981
    Assignee: August Betts Yates
    Inventor: J. Talmadge Webb
  • Patent number: 4280349
    Abstract: A rotary cylinder lock with a lock cylinder rotatable in a casing, preferably a door handle housing of a motor vehicle, with the lock cylinder being pivotable into closed and open positions by at least one key associated therewith and insertable in the lock cylinder. The rotary cylinder lock is constructed such that a second key can be inserted into the lock cylinder with the second key having, at a location other than in cases of the main key, notches or projections or the like controlling additional locking members. The second key actuates, by pivoting, a switching unit which, if necessary, triggers a safety device so as to prevent unauthorized use of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1981
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Grabner, Theodor Reinhard, Rolf Krugener, Hermann W. Kurth
  • Patent number: 4271691
    Abstract: An emergency release for key operated deadlocks includes a ram rod for forcing a deadbolt out of a keeper so as to allow a deadlocked door to open under emergency conditions. The release further includes a yieldable element disposed between the key operator for the deadbolt, which yieldable element deforms as the deadbolt is forced back by the ram. An alarm is activated upon operation of the emergency release to discourage intruders from trying to open the door with the emergency release. Preferably, the rod is advanced by a rack-and-pinion arrangement which is operated by a wire coiled around a spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1981
    Assignee: Reliable Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Emanuel L. Logan
  • Patent number: 4262506
    Abstract: A device for detecting entry or drilling attempts into cylinder locks. One or more housing bores not corresponding to core bores when the lock is in a neutral position having spring biased tripping pins connected to an alarm or indicator system and operable when an entry attempt is made not using a proper key or after having drilled-out the tumbler or tumbler and cylinder pins. The tripping pins detect the rotated cylinder having a space in the cylinder bore due an improperly made key or due to the cylinder bore having previously been emptied by the drilling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1981
    Assignee: Zeiss Ikon Ag Goerzwerk
    Inventor: Helmut Tobel
  • Patent number: 4211995
    Abstract: A self contained alarm device is disclosed for aiding in the prevention of the theft of articles from an automobile, such as a citizens band radio, by sounding an audible alarm in the event of an attempted theft. The device includes a box or container in which the article to be protected is mounted and at least one switch mounted on the outside of the container for articles, and at least one switch between the container for the articles and the lid for the container so that removing the container from the surface on which it is mounted will cause an audible alarm to be sounded. One embodiment of the device also includes an electrically conducting wire forming a loop outside of the container for encircling an element of the automobile such as the steering column so that if the loop is cut, the audible alarm will also be sounded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1980
    Inventor: Jack Smith
  • Patent number: 4205542
    Abstract: Alarm type lock assembly comprising a cylinder having a core rotatably disposed therein, a key slot extending through the core, a plurality of bores extending into the key slot, tumblers disposed in the bores and spring biased to a first position in which the tumblers prevent rotative movement of the core, a key adapted to enter the slot and operative to move the tumblers to a second position to permit rotative movement of the core, and contact points aligned with the tumblers and in circuit with an alarm means, the tumblers being movable to a third position in which the tumblers engage the contact points to energize the alarm means and prevent opening operation of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1980
    Assignee: Lawrence Peska Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Renda
  • Patent number: 4148202
    Abstract: A detector lock assembly comprising a cylinder body having a spaced apart front and rear end with a bore therein extending along an axis and a plug rotatable in the bore on the axis with means defining a keyway in the plug and adapted to receive therein a key of a defined length and configuration to permit rotation of the plug relative to said cylinder body. Detection means is operatively associated with the cylinder body at the rear end thereof so as to establish an electrical circuit when a key or other object is inserted within the keyway that has a length that is less or greater than the defined length for the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1979
    Inventor: Lucian Wegrzyn
  • Patent number: 4114412
    Abstract: The invention provides a tamper-proof pin tumbler lock construction cooperative with an alarm means and protective against unauthorized picking or core drilling activities on the lock while securing normal key opening and closing procecures therefor. The construction energizes an alarm if the unauthorized activities exceed a predetermined time limit required for normal key opening and closing procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1978
    Inventor: Willi Braatz
  • Patent number: 4078405
    Abstract: Alarm switch mechanism for an axial split-pin tumbler-type lock includes an electrical contact member disposed in the lock cylinder in the movement paths of lock tumbler elements and adapted for making an electrical contact with an element of any of the tumblers which is moved rearwardly or inwardly a predetermined distance, beyond the distance required for lock-opening purposes, means electrically insulating the contact member from the lock mechanism when no tumbler is in the latter position, and means adapted for making electrical connections to the tumbler elements and the contact member, respectively, whereby they may be connected in an alarm signal circuit closed by making said contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1978
    Assignee: Chicago Lock Co.
    Inventor: Robert L. Steinbach
  • Patent number: 4061004
    Abstract: A pick-proof lock cylinder and key therefor are described. The lock cylinder has a keyhole which opens to provide access to the cylinder, and two cam surfaces are provided at the remote end of the keyhole configurated to deflect a pair of coded, pivotally mounted fingers on a jointed key which is receivable within the keyhole. The revolving cylinder or tumbler includes a plurality of enabling pins or plungers which are generally spaced from each other along a direction substantially normal to the length direction of the keyhole. The fingers of the key may be mechanically or magnetically coded to cause the enabling pins or plungers to be actuated when the key is fully inserted into the keyhole and the coded fingers are deflected to their operative positions by the cam surfaces. Additionally, sensing or monitoring pins enable the proper actuation of the enabling pins or plungers only upon detection of a suitably coded key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Inventor: George Pappanikolaou
  • Patent number: 4059299
    Abstract: An auxiliary portable lock which comprises a housing, a lock body receivable within said housing, and adapted for axial rotation therein, said housing being internally communicative with a tubular casing axially normal to the longitudinal axis of said housing and being open at its opposite ends. There is an elongated locking bar having a serrated surface provided for extension through said tubular casing and having integrally formed at one of its ends, a door-engaging portion. A cooperative serrated member is provided within said housing for movement toward and away from the confronting portion of said locking bar for maintaining same in selected disposition; said cooperative serrated member is operatively engaged to said lock body which latter, through rotative movement effects translation of said cooperative serrated member. A door engaging element is formed at one end of said tubular casing. Key control components are provided to secure said lock body to said housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1977
    Inventor: Orville P. Huntley
  • Patent number: 4057986
    Abstract: A portable tamperproof and battery-powered alarm device used for locking in place, objects which need to be restrained from theft. The device is ideal for locking bicycles, mini-bikes, motor cycles, and the like, due to its portability and versatility. The device includes a casing for an alarm and operative circuit therefor and an object-restraining member. Once the device is activated by an internal switch, any interruptions of the circuit, such as breaking of the restraining member, cause an audible alarm to sound continuously until the device is manually reset. The locking and alarm device is a completely separate unit from the object-restraining member, and thus the latter may be readily replaced as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1977
    Inventors: Sarah Zolke, William Soto
  • Patent number: 4029919
    Abstract: A cylinder lock is provided with a contact carrier for the movable contact of a switch in an electrically operated burglar alarm. A spring mounted on the contact carrier and radially projecting from the casing of the lock is stressed by engagement with the wall of the door aperture receiving the lock and biases the contact carrier toward a switch opening position. When it is attempted to pull the lock from the door, the spring pivots the contact carrier and the alarm is energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1977
    Assignee: Aug. Winkhaus
    Inventor: Edgar Lumme
  • Patent number: 3995464
    Abstract: The invention relates to a door-locking and release system in a building in which system a door is adapted to be held locked by a component removably affixed thereto. Said component is adapted to operate an electrical circuit, such as to deactivate off an alarm circuit, only when detached from the door to provide an indication that the door is in the unlocked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1976
    Assignee: W. J. Reynolds (Equipment) Limited
    Inventor: Raymond Kenneth Henry Terry
  • Patent number: 3986376
    Abstract: A pin and tumbler type lock in which a slide element is disposed at that end of the cylinder opposite the end from which the key is inserted, the slide element cooperating with a pin in the barrel and having a projecting portion diametrically opposite to the pin with which it cooperates which, in the locked condition, engages in an opening of the barrel. The slide element has a configuration for cooperation with the leading end of a key so that insertion of the correct key causes disengagement of that portion of the slide extending into the opening in the barrel and additionally brings abutting portions of the slide element and the cooperating pin to a shear line between the cylinder and the barrel to free the lock. Additionally, at least one pin in the lock has an electrically conductive extension adapted, when the pin with which it is associated is raised beyond the shear line to complete a circuit to an alarm device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1976
    Inventor: Sigo Lack