Drop Bar Padlock

DJ Stone from Fort Walton Beach (FL) Truck 6 sent in these photos of a drop bar installation with a pad lock. They ran into this in an office area of a large warehouse style building. Obviously, once the padlock is in place, it takes away a few of the options we may use to defeat the drop bar from the outside.. While some of the bumping the bar from the outside trick may not work on this one, the rotary saw treatment to the bolts would definitely still defeat this. Another point to mention is that you would have no way of knowing if this was present from the outside.

The arrows in the photo above show where the padlock would be installed on the drop bar to prevent it from being bumped out of place.


8 Comments so far

  1. Mike September 19th, 2008 10:28 am

    A couple of thoughts on this one… From the picture, it would appear that there will be carriage bolt heads will be visible on the exterior of the door since nuts are visible on the interior – it’s “through bolted”. So, cutting the bolt heads with the rotary saw or shearing the heads with the Halligan adz would work. If there are not bolt heads visible on the exterior of the door, then the drop bar assembly would be attached to the door with screws not nuts and bolts. If this were the case, using the irons should prove effective. As the door is forced outward, the screws will pull out of the skin of the door.

  2. John September 19th, 2008 11:44 am

    Another case of $2 worth of hardware holding up $50 worth of bar. Its still nice to know what you have out there to deal with. Nice find. Keep em’ commin boys!

  3. Jon September 19th, 2008 3:35 pm

    Excellent find. Like Mike and John said, attack the hardware. I would be hitting them with the pike end though, drive them through the door. But as always, try before you pry!

  4. ... September 20th, 2008 9:37 am

    Seeing the bolts on the outside I would go ahead and hit them through the door, thus allowing the security device to fall off the door. Seems to be the easiest route here rather than trying to fight with the hardware attached.

  5. Landon September 21st, 2008 8:19 pm

    If there is a working fire in that occupancy you may not have enough time to analyze or guess what the hardware maybe connected to. I would just resort to the ever faithful “doggie door” and be done with it.

  6. PJS September 24th, 2008 3:46 pm

    Most doors with security like this will be found in the rear. Where most everthing is fortified. Be sure before you go to the rear of a taxpayer or commercial occupancy take a forcible entry saw. So you won’t be delayed in opening up. I will bring a halligan, a maul, and the saw. And a good light for night time responses.

  7. JA September 30th, 2008 3:00 pm

    Best Buy uses these for night security on their fire exit doors. Some doors will have one and some doors will have one on top and one on the bottom. Make sure and size up the door from the outside to see if you have 4 or 8 carrige bolt heads!

  8. Sam Barakat December 10th, 2016 3:07 pm

    just wonder if you have any thing for commercial front door. I have 2 swing door, opening to the outside. And Want to know if you have any idea to secure them from outside. Please email me or call me at 817-368-3651.

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