Protect Your Home by Thinking Like a Thief
With summer quickly coming to a close, travelers are gradually coming back home from long vacations in preparation for their returns to work and school. Unfortunately, many of them will discover that their homes have been burglarized in their absence. Various studies have shown that the summer months—particularly July and August—yield the highest rates of residential burglary when compared to all other times of the year. So, how do thieves get away with it? In the rush to prepare for vacation, many homeowners often forget to take the necessary steps to safeguard their homes while they’re away, leaving their property and valuables completely vulnerable. Below are a few cues that thieves look for when scouting for targets in the summertime.
The Locksmith Tool Belt: 4 Essential Locksmith Picks
A locksmith’s tools include some of the most interesting and bizarre-looking instruments of any technical industry. Each tool serves a different, but equally significant purpose. Lock picks are probably the most essential component of any locksmith’s tool belt, and come in an assortment of shapes and sizes that vary greatly in application. Any standard pick set is normally comprised of the hook pick, ball pick, diamond pick, and the rake pick (as well as popular variations of some) as described in the list below.Continue Reading…
Helpful Tips for Kids with House Keys
It has become a common occurrence in many households for kids to come home from school to an empty home. With a large portion of parents working 9-to-5, these children have had to make the early transition into self-sufficiency with regards to gaining access to their homes without parental assistance. Additionally, since children are expected to be able to ‘let themselves in’ upon returning home from school, it’s important that they use caution when carrying and handling house keys. Below are some tips that every kid with house keys should know in order to remain safe.
3 Simple Tools That Can Remove a Broken Key
There are few things more nerve-wracking than the sound of a key snapping off inside of its lock. Your first thought might be to try opening the door anyway. However, you should never attempt to open a lock with a broken key inside. Doing so will only push the snapped fragment further into the lock, making it harder to remove later and causing unnecessary damage. Your first step should be to call a trusted, professional locksmith. If you are unable to for some reason, then the three simple tools listed below may help you remove the broken key.
Interesting Facts About Locksmithing We Bet You Didn’t Know
Most people believe that the professional life of a locksmith is as simple as installing and uninstalling locks. While it’s true that a majority of our job is increasing or bypassing security for the benefit of a car or home owner, there are also very interesting and unexpected aspects of the locksmithing profession, as well as its history, that consumers don’t know about. Below are five facts about locksmiths and locksmithing that we bet you didn’t know!
Locked Out: Top 4 Ways to Get Locked Out of Your Home or Vehicle
There are few situations more stressful than getting locked out of one’s home or vehicle. Typically, when most people first discover they’ve locked themselves out, the anxiety quickly consumes their ability to think rationally. However, once the shock factor subsides, the next question becomes obvious, “How do I get back inside?” followed by the inevitable “How long will I have to wait?” and “How much will this cost me?”
A lot of thought, time, and money goes into the security of your home—from a state-of-the-art security system to reinforced glass windows—but even more could be sacrificed for repairs caused by regaining access after a lockout. For instance, if you don’t have a spare key on hand or a phone to call your locksmith, drastic measures might have to be taken to get inside your home, especially if a young child or pet is locked inside.Continue Reading…
Lock and Key: Three Must-Have Key Products for 2016
As we leave the holiday season behind us and enter into a new year, the time to put our carefully planned New Year’s resolutions into action is quickly slipping away. Unfortunately, some of the most popular resolutions—getting organized, being financially responsible, and stressing less—are among the most fragile resolutions with the flimsiest track records. Consistently staying organized and spending carefully can be difficult, and everyday inconveniences like having to replace lost house and car keys, misplacing precious valuables, and getting locked out of your car are enough to stress anyone out, putting your resolutions at risk. However, hassles like these can be avoided and your resolutions protected by taking advantage of innovative key products like KeySmart, AirKeys, and Tiles, all of which our experts have reviewed for you below.Continue Reading…
Locking Up Your Home And Vehicle Around The Holidays
Protecting loved ones and property from danger should be a top priority for any homeowner, especially during the holiday season when everyone has their spirits up and their guards down. It’s an unfortunate fact that every year crime rates rise during the holidays, and things only seem to be getting worse with each passing year. During this time, opportunities for thieves to steal are more abundant and less detectable between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Busy shopping mall parking lots, vacant homes, and overwhelmed businesses are the most frequent scenes of seasonal property crime, so it’s imperative that you be aware of the risks and keep your valuables, newly purchased or not, safe and secure in your absence. Listed below are a few ways you can protect your property during various holiday activities.Continue Reading…
The 5 Most Frequently Accessed Points in a Break-In
We all like to find comfort in the belief that our home is impenetrable. However, the unfortunate and shocking truth is that a home invasion occurs every 15 seconds, resulting in more than two million burglaries every single year. It’s hard to believe that the U.S. leads the world in incidents of burglary, but this doesn’t have to remain the case. With new and improved methods of securing our home against unwanted intruders coming out every year, our ability to protect our home and loved ones is now more effective than ever before. To stay five steps ahead of the thieves, here are the five most vulnerable entry points used in burglaries that should garner extra attention and protection by homeowners.
5 Reasons to Rekey Your Locks
Rosalynn Carter once said, “There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.” This saying should be the cardinal rule for any homeowner, and as such, a reminder that maintaining the security of our home is of the utmost importance in order to preserve the safety of our loved ones and treasured possessions. One of the simplest and most cost-effective strategies to strengthen any home security system is to rekey the locks rather than install new ones. But, how can you know for sure when it’s time to rekey your locks?Continue Reading…