FOREWORD by Dr. Ilyz Zeldes
investigations involve the compromise of locks and safes. Although there are a
few forensic locksmiths, most crime laboratories and investigators do not have
the background or expertise to conduct such inquiries. There
have been several publications on the subject of locks, safes, and their
forensic examination. One of them
was the first Edition of Locks, Safes, and Security (1971). I read and
used in my practice this book, which was called “the bible of lock
examination” by forensic examiners. For the
last two decades, no comprehensive international treatise on locks and safes has
been specifically written for law enforcement and government agencies until the
Second Edition of Locks, Safes, and Security.
book is important for criminal investigators, forensic examiners, insurance
agents, and security personnel in order to understand how locks work, how they
can be compromised, and if they were bypassed. Traditional
tool mark examinations are routinely conducted by every crime laboratory.
However, the expertise required in the evaluation of security hardware entails a
comprehensive understanding of many levels of complexity of locks and locking
systems that has been lacking.
From my personal experience
while working in both the former Soviet Union and the United States, certain
criminal investigations would have been brought to a successful conclusion if a
detailed analysis of locks and locking systems could have been competently
performed at a crime scene. In most
cases, this is not done because of lack of expertise of field investigators or
I have known the author for the
past quarter century. His unique experience as an attorney, prosecutor, criminal
investigator and technician provides the necessary perspective to make this book
a required international reference on the subject of locks, safes, and security
for those charged with the investigation or prevention of crimes that involve a
compromise in security.
Dr. Ilya Zeldes, J.D., Ph.D.
Distinguished and Emeritus
Director, South Dakota State
Forensic Laboratory (Retired) 1977-1993