About Us – The Lockshop

Our Mission

To strive to provide an exceptional and knowledgeable service in the fields of consultancy, locks, panic and emergency exit hardware, access control and security-related ironmongery, placing integrity, customer security, life safety, sound advice and quality of installation above short-term motives.

History of The Lockshop

David Miller Sales was established in Cape Town by David Miller in 1975, as a trade supplier of locks and locksmith’s supplies.  In order to satisfy a demand from commerce, industry and the public, installation of locks, electric locks and locking systems, as well as a Consultation Service, were begun in 1980, under the name David Miller Security.  In 1989, the close corporation was formed, and the name The Lockshop was registered for the over-the-counter sales operation, which supplies the building, joinery, hardware, locksmith, security, shop fitting and other trades, as well as architects, industry and the public, with a vast range of locks and other ironmongery relating to doors.  David Miller Security continued to carry out a limited number of installations of better quality locks, door closers, panic & emergency exit hardware, access-control, as well as biometric and other security solutions, to a high standard.

DMS SECURITY SOLUTIONS is the name and logo adopted to more accurately reflect the technology and direction taken by David Miller Security.  DMS Security Solutions continues to carry out a limited number of top quality installations using only the best components available from all over the world.

The Lockshop’s core business today is supplying locks, Panic Hardware for Fire Escapes, Door ClosersAccess Control components and hardware, handles and general hardware for doors, all over Southern Africa.  Installers, home builders, renovators and the public are catered for in our shop in the Milnerton Business Park (formerly called Sanlam Business Park), Milnerton, Cape Town, where working models of a vast range of locks, security hardware, door handles and knobs are on display.  We sell goods all over Southern Africa against pre-payment.

David Miller offers a professional consultancy and trouble-shooting service by prior appointment only, offering clients the benefits of his over 45 years of personal experience in locks, emergency exit hardware, general security hardware and door ironmongery.  Services offered at hourly or daily rates include trouble-shooting access control doors and locks, writing of specifications, assistance with appointment and overseeing of contractors, and attending the commissioning and handover of completed work.

David Miller M.I.S. (SA) is a Member of the SA Institute of Security (SAIS) and serves on the Institute’s Board of Governors.  He has served on the Committee of the Locksmiths Association of SA (LASA) for over 35 years and is the current (2018/2019) Chairman of the LASA Western Cape Branch.   A past Member of ASIS International, the largest organization of Security Professionals in the world, he served on the Committee of ASIS International, Chapter 203: Cape Town, for over 30 years, and was a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) for many of those years.

Read Panic Hardware for Fire Escapes 180102 – a guide to emergency exit hardware written by David Miller.

Read David Miller’s guide to Access Control components 180102