Security screws (also called tamper proof screws) are designed in such a way that they require a specialized tool to be removed. Unlike a traditional Phillips head or flat head screw, they can’t be taken out with a basic screwdriver. Instead, you need to have a tool that is specifically designed to work with the screw if you want to be able to remove it. These screws are typically used to prevent theft, vandalism, or unauthorized entry. Here are some of the most common uses for security screws:
If you have ever looked at the back panel of an electronic device, chances are it was held in place with nonconventional screws. Often, the screws will either have a unique head shape that requires a specialized tool, or they will not be able to be unscrewed at all, depending on the style that the manufacturer used. This is done deliberately to prevent people from fiddling around with the interior components of the device. Electronic devices can be dangerous. The hope is that by using secure fasteners to encase the device, people won’t be able to tamper with it and inadvertently hurt themselves or cause a fire.
The next time you are riding on a bus or airplane, take a look at the screws that are used to hold your seat in place or to hold the interior paneling together. Chances are they will be some type of security screw. This is to prevent people from vandalizing the vehicle as they ride. Imagine how dangerous it would be if people could remove these screws with a basic screwdriver. There would be no stopping someone from loosening the seats or removing important components from the vehicle, creating a potentially hazardous situation.
When a security system is installed at a home or place of business, it is done so with the intention of keeping unwanted intruders out. If would-be thieves or home invaders can simply remove the screws to access the property, it defeats the purpose of the system. Because of this, most security systems use secure fasteners rather than traditional screws. This provides an extra level of protection for the property.
There are many other ways that security screws are used to provide additional protection. They are ideal for any situation where extra security is required to keep people from vandalizing property or breaking into a protected area.