Personal Information a Liability during Auto Break Ins

An obviously frustrating experience, having your vehicle broken into can also have additional ramifications than just the loss of any valuables which may be inside. Savvy thieves can use the information inside of your vehicle to create even more trouble for you in the future. This is what makes locking your vehicle, as well as taking other preventative measures, is crucial to avoiding the headache which can result from having your vehicle broken into. We will provide you with tips to prevent your vehicle from being targeted for a break-in as well as the personal information in your vehicle which should be protected.

Protecting Personal Information in Your Car

When individuals think about vehicle break-ins their main concern is that their vehicle, or the valuables inside, will be stolen. These are legitimate concerns, but there is also the danger to personal security posed during automotive break-ins. Inside of the average person’s glove box, there is a wide array of information which is useful to thieves who are looking to get their hands on your valuables. One piece of information is your vehicle registration. Someone who breaks into your vehicle can use the address listed on your vehicle registration to find your home. If your vehicle happens to be parked away from your home, the thief is now aware that your home is vulnerable at the moment. This can lead to an additional break-in at your home, before you are even aware that the automotive theft has occurred. There are a few ways that you can protect personal information which is left in your car. Locking the glove box would be the most effective method. For those who are unable to lock their glove box, placing sensitive information in a hidden area can be a great way to protect yourself during a vehicle break-in. However, the best way to protect that personal information in your vehicle is to avoid making yourself an easy target.

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Thieves are much more likely to target an open door than to smash your window.

We have previously detailed ways to avoid being a target of auto break-ins, however; repetition is the key to learning. With this in mind we will go over some of the ways to avoid having your vehicle targeted. The first step is to ensure that you do not have any valuables in plain view. This allows a thief to know it is worth breaking it your vehicle if you have a valuable sitting in plain view. The second step, is to ensure that you are locking your doors. While it can be easy to forget, locking your car door can cut down on the chance that your vehicle is broken into because there is no easy entry. If you have lost your door key and have no way to unlock the door, contact an automotive locksmith to have the key replaced immediately. Lastly, parking your vehicle in a well lit area can also help to ward off automotive thieves. Without the cover of darkness, some thieves will not be willing to risk entering your vehicle.

In order to properly protect yourself from automotive theft the easiest thing to do is to lock your locks. Both your door locks and the glove boys lock should be armed when you are not in the vehicle. If a thief manages to obtain your personal information they can not only break-in to your home, but also potentially steal your identity. Of course, there are other actions which can be taken to prevent your vehicle from becoming a target, but the most important aspect of your vehicle’s security should be consistently locking your car’s doors.

Philadelphia Councilwoman Brown has City Car Stolen

The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown had her city-owned vehicle stolen from outside of her home in Wynnefield. This past Sunday morning, Councilwoman Reynolds Brown noticed that her city-owned, and taxpayer funded, vehicle was not parked along the curb where she had left it. She reported the vehicle stolen to police who eventually were able to locate the vehicle when another individual called in about a possible overnight vehicle theft. This Philadelphia citizen was awoken at about 4 AM Monday morning to the sound of his vehicle’s alarm. The citizen saw three people running and called police. When police arrived they were able to track down the three individuals, they determined that they had been entering unlocked vehicles to take any unattended valuables inside. One of the suspects who was apprehended had a car key on her person. After questioning, police were able to locate that vehicle and determined that the vehicle in question was the city owned vehicle stolen from out front of Councilwoman Reynolds Brown’s home.

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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is pictured above.

Why were the thieves successful?

Councilwoman Reynolds Brown said that she left her vehicle on the curb outside of her on Saturday night, by Sunday morning the vehicle was gone. Did the thieves use some type of advanced technology to copy her key? No. It seems that the Councilwoman not only left her city owned vehicle unlocked, but left the car keys inside as well. This offered the thieves the opportunity to easily take her vehicle without being detected. Luckily for the Councilwoman, these thieves pressed their luck and were eventually caught while committing another theft.

How to Protect Yourself from Car Theft

There are some very simple tips that you can follow to avoid having your vehicle both targeted and stolen. For any vehicle parked curbside, or on a driveway for that matter, should be locked when the vehicle is not in use. The car owner should also avoid leaving a spare set of keys in the vehicle at all costs. Even if your vehicle is locked, if someone shatters a window or uses some other form of entry, they would be able to use your key to drive away from the vehicle. In order to prevent your vehicle from being targeted, make sure to keep all valuables out of sight. Whether it is a large amount of change, GPS device or cell phone, a valuable item will draw a thief’s attention to your vehicle. Taking these preventative measures will reduce the chance that your vehicle is targeted just like Councilwoman Reynolds Brown’s vehicle was. Fortunately for the Councilwoman, and taxpayers, police were able to recover the vehicle and get it back where it belongs.

Uber for Locksmiths Coming to New York

Over a year ago, Phila-Locksmith detailed how the convenience of Uber’s mobile application could be utilized for locksmiths. Enter LockedOut, a mobile application which operates in the same way that Uber does, created by Ray Wang. For those unfamiliar Uber allows for a user to request a driver, similar to a cab, to their location while also tracking the GPS location of the driver and offering an accurate estimated time of arrival (ETA). For anyone waiting for a locksmith, having an exact location and ETA would be extremely beneficial in deciding which service provider to choose. However, there are serious hurdles for LockedOut to overcome in order to be successful in a very competitive industry.

How LockedOut Works

In order to access LockedOut, the user would need a smart device which has the ability to use internet enabled applications. The user would download the application before they were in need of any service. Once the user is locked out of their home, or car, they would be able access the application and request a locksmith. In beta testing, LockedOut is offering a flat rate unlock fee which is $75. After you have agreed to the price and requested the locksmith, a map appears on the screen with the GPS location that your locksmith is currently at and a real-time ETA of when he will arrive at your home. All-in-all the LockedOut application seems like a perfect tool to fight price gouging and false wait times in the locksmith industry, however; there are some clear issues that the application will have to deal with before being viable against stiff competition.

The Drawbacks of the LockedOut Application

LockedOut is great in theory, but how successful can it be in challenging an already competitive industry? One of the first issues with LockedOut is inherent in the technological state which LockedOut exists. Since LockedOut is a smart phone application, the user would have to download the application to their phone in order to use it. If this does not happen before the user is locked out, they would likely call a locksmith using a more traditional medium. Since being locked out of your home, or car, tends to happen in unforeseen and unwanted times it is highly unlikely that the individual would want to download an application to their phone rather than calling a locksmith directly. Additionally, the flat rate cost of their lock out service could be another potential drawback. Despite the fact that many locksmiths charge much more than $75 to unlock doors, it will be tough to overcome the service call advertising of many locksmiths. Customers may see the $10 service call for the locksmith and opt for that choice over the $75 choice. Unfortunately for those individuals, it may end up costing much more for the $10 option than the $75 option. These are just a few of the minor issues that LockedOut will have to deal with in order to build brand recognition that would allow them to flourish as a lead company.

LockedOut seems to have a good idea going, however; industry competition will be a tough wall to climb in order to become profitable. It remains to be seen whether LockedOut will be able to compete as a mobile application against locksmiths who use other online methods to attract customers. The fact that customers are getting a verified professional with a GPS locator would surely be a benefit, but it will remain to be seen if customers will be attracted to an application which may only benefit them a few times per year.

Chinese Mother Refuses Help for Child Locked in Car

Last month, a mother in China accidentally locked her child in her BMW. We have chronicled how common it is for parents to accidentally locked their child inside of a vehicle and the dangers of doing so. However, this situation is slightly different from some of the others which we have examined. Generally, once the parent has realized that their child is the car, they will do anything to get the child out as quickly as possible. In this case, firefighters were the first on scene, but the mother in this case did not want them to help her.

‘Wait for the Locksmith’

In most cases, a parent would have the first person available help to free their child. After all, it was a hot summer day and the child locked inside of the car was already beginning to sweat. Obviously, for this mother, that was not the top concern on her mind. She told firefighters on the scene to wait for a locksmith to arrive to open the BMW door. She claims this because she did not want them to break the window of her car, or do some other type of damage to the vehicle. At this moment the mother was valuing her BMW more than the safety of her own child who was locked in the vehicle.

The woman’s car keys were left in the vehicle, so all signs point to this occurrence being an accident. However, it is appalling that once firefighters arrived on scene the mother did not want the child removed immediately. On a hot day, the temperature inside of a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. Firefighters on scene when this child was locked in the car, honored the woman’s request despite the child crying and sweating inside of the vehicle. However, once the child passed out due to the high temperatures inside of the car, firefighters did break the window in order to retrieve the child.

Mother Speaks Out

Following the reporting of this story, the internet masses were quick to condemn this mother. Once reports were released, the mother of the child spoke out in defense of herself. She said that the reason she wanted the locksmith to open the door was that she was concerned that breaking a window may injure or scare her young child. The mother even claims that before the firefighters had arrived on the scene that she had attempted to break the window herself using a stone. Her response may go unheard in many internet circles which were quick to condemn and shame the mother.

No matter how these events went down, the whole situation is concerning. The child was locked in the vehicle nearly an hour before firefighters showed up, meaning that the mother is lucky to still have her child with her. In a situation like this, it would be highly recommended to break a window well before the hour time frame. When breaking a window, the window furthest from the child should be broken to avoid the chance that glass shards were to injure the child. In the United States, many police officers are able to open car doors, so it is wise to ask one if they are in the area. All-in-all, the key to keeping a child safe is a quick response when the child is locked in the car. For every moment that the child is locked in the car, the interior becomes that much hotter.

Cars.com Ranks Top 5 Automotive Memory Lapses

Recently posted to cars.com was a survey of 1,000 motorists by Hankook tires. In the survey, respondents were asked about forgetful times they have had in the operation of their vehicle. Memory lapses happen to the best of us, and what seems to be like the worst times possible. Some of the results which people admitted to included forgetting car keys, forgetting parking spaces and leaving items on the roof of their car. Check out the complete list below which we have offered out own analysis of.

 

1. Forgetting Where You Parked

The most common answer given to the survey was forgetting where the individual parked. Unfortunately, there was no demographic information to delve into the causes which result in forgetting where you parked. One may venture to guess that the higher the age of the respondent, the more likely they would be to respond that they had forgotten where they parked their vehicle. Over 50% of people answered that they had forgotten where they parked their car before, with the exact percentage being 55% of respondents.

2. Had to Call a Locksmith

Taking the number two spot in the survey for forgetful automotive behavior is having to call a locksmith with 41% of respondents saying that this had happened to them. To Phila-Locksmith this does not come as much of a shock. The Hankook survey does not break down answers by locksmith service needed, which means a respondent could answer yes to this question for a variety of locksmith service reasons. Likely the biggest reason for needing to call a locksmith because of a lapse in memory is being locked out. Everyday, people find themselves in a locked out state, which occurs much more frequently than people would think. Another reason that someone may have to make the call to a locksmith is if they lost their car keys. Now locksmiths are able to come directly to the car’s location to complete replacement, which makes getting over that specific memory lapse a little easier to deal with.

3. Used a GPS Device for Navigation

With little background information on this third ranked memory lapse there are a lot of unanswered questions. First the statistic, 40% of respondents said that they used a GPS Device to get them started to their destination. If this includes motorists who are going to new locations, this answer is surprisingly low on the list. GPS is not only more common in vehicles, but also through the use of a smart phone. However, this number could also be very concerning. If someone has a memory lapse so badly that they can not remember how to get to a frequently visited location then it may not be the safest to have those individuals on the roadways.

4. Forgot to Put the Gas Cap On

Perhaps the smallest slip of the mind on the survey comes in ranked at #4. This number is surprisingly low, perhaps because individuals are shy to let such a slip of the mind known to surveyors. However, this slip of the mind is the easiest and least expensive situation to have replaced.

5. Forgot Something on the Roof

A surprisingly large amount of respondents answered yes to leaving items on top of the roof of their vehicle before driving away. A full 26% of respondents admitted to this slip-up which normally passes as bad daytime TV slapstick comedy. Of course, we all are busy in our own ways and in the excitement of the day, something like leaving an item on top of your car can easily happen, as demonstrated by the survey.

Hopefully this survey can act as a reminder to drivers to always take a second to calmly think about things which they may not think of otherwise. While memory lapses like locking your keys in the car, or forgetting a parking spot, can cost money and be a headache to deal with there can be more dire consequences. In some cases, parents have forget their child on the roof of the car while driving. It is important for all motorists to remember that there is always time to think about safety.

Closed Circuit Television Growing in Residential Popularity

Throughout the years, there is a common trend in newly released technologies. Generally, this technology begins at astronomical costs which are only worth it to a very niche group of individuals. As more people begin to get their hand on the new technology, innovations and advancements follow. Without fail, this leads to a decrease in cost of the technology, allowing for more individuals to offer it as ever. This has been true for cars, television and even smart phones. This same type of advancement and reduction of cost is currently happening with regards to closed circuit television. No longer do you have to be a large commercial location to enjoy the security benefits of a CCTV security system. As more manufacturers have entered the market, prices for closed circuit television systems have taken a nosedive. We’ll examine some of the reasons for this reduction in cost as well as some of the practical applications of closed circuit television with regards to residential security.

Benefits of Home Security Cameras

residential security cameraWhen it comes to home security, many of us do exactly the same thing. We ensure that our locks are armed when we leave the house, prevent our house keys from being duplicated and ensure that professional installation of all locks takes place. However, these are only the slightest precautions which can be taken to protect your home. Closed circuit television offers a unique advantage because it works to not only prevent crime, but to help you determine exactly what happened once a crime occurs. This can be useful for break-ins because it can not only deter a criminal from striking in the first place, but also give you further insight into the security weaknesses of your home. Break-ins are not the only type of crime which can be prevented, closed circuit television cameras can protect packages and mail which are left out in the open. Especially during holiday seasons, thieves target large packages which are left outside of homes during the day. Neighborhood kids vandalizing your lawn and home? A CCTV system can allow you to identify the perpetrators and bring the vandalism to an end. The biggest benefit that security cameras offer your home security is that they remove any doubt about what actually happened at your home. Rather than wondering how something was broken, or stolen, the homeowner has video evidence of exactly what occurred.

Increase of Residential Security Camera Usage

There are distinct reasons that residential security cameras have become much more popular. In the past, some homeowners may have tried to post signs saying “Warning: Security Cameras” simply to scare thieves away. However, this defense could easily backfire. The reason that many homeowners opted for this type of scare tactic was because of the egregious cost of a home security camera system at the time. This cost has decreased significantly making it an affordable option for homeowners who want the utmost out of their home security. Not only do residential security cameras allow for you to prevent theft and other crimes, but it also allows for you to monitor your property for one convenient location. This is especially convenient for homeowners with areas which would be dangerous for children such as pools and workshops. Each individual homeowner may have different reasons for having security cameras installed, but one thing is certain; they are enjoying a much higher level of home security than those who do not have cameras installed.

Smart Phones the Car Key of the Future? Not So Fast

As Phila-Locksmith has covered multiple times in the past, smart phones are becoming more ingrained in our everyday lives with each passing day. Whether it is simply the ever growing presence of social media, or the integration of home security there is no denying the keystone role that smart phones are playing in everyday life. Some automotive manufacturers have already begun integrating smart technology into their vehicles’ security systems. Some claim that this is the wave of the future, however; it may be sometime before this type of technology becomes common place. Not because of the cost associated with it, but because of limitations in functionality.

Auto Manufacturers Already Using Smart Phones

Despite the trepidation of many security experts, some automotive manufactures have already begun to integrate smart phones into their vehicles’ security. One of these manufacturers is Tesla. Tesla is an automotive manufacturer renowned for being on the cutting edge of technology. By downloading an application to their smart phone, a Tesla owner can complete functions such as starting the vehicle, unlocking doors and starting the air conditioning all from their smart phone. There is no doubt that this can be a useful function on a hot summer day, but there are still concerns which arise. Despite these concerns, in addition to Tesla; Volvo, General Motors and BMW also have a smart phone application which can be used to complete vehicle functions remotely.

Keyless Fobs Offer Greater Security

keyless fobKeyless fobs, like the Chevy model shown to the left, are the current standard barer for automotive security and convenience. A keyless fob allows for a vehicle owner to open and close their doors without having to remote the fob from their pocket. Additionally, the vehicle can be started without inserting a bladed key as long as the fob is located inside of the vehicle. Many vehicles equipped with a keyless fob can even be started remotely. This means that keyless fobs offer, just about, the same amount of convenience that a smart phone key would. However, there is a decreased security concern for keyless fobs. The first concern is the fact that smart phone battery life can greatly vary. If your cell phone dies and the vehicle owner uses their smart phone as the key, they will not be able to access the vehicle. Additionally, weak cellular service can cause delays of up to a few minutes when using remote functions. Volvo, one of the manufacturers to begin using cell phone applications, even has reservations about the usefulness of a cellular key. David Green, marketing director at Volvo, said that though useful in an emergency that cell phones as key are “not a viable way forward. Mr. Green went on to cite both the battery and cellular connection issues which we mentioned above. Neither of these issues are a concern for keyless fobs. In addition to limiting drawbacks, keyless fobs offer greater security because of the transponder chip inside of the fob. In order for the vehicle to start, or the door to open, the fob must be properly programmed to the vehicle’s computer. This new security system is unique and not many locksmiths can replace these keyless fobs, let alone criminals. It seems that until smart phone applications can begin to offer benefits which a keyless fob does not, their implementation will be limited.

Benefits for the Customer or Car Manufacturers?

With some many questions surrounding the use of smart phones as keys, and the comparable features offered by keyless fobs, it leaves one to wonder exactly why a car manufacturer would begin implementing this type of technology. While it is true that many people today prefer to complete as many processes as possible through their cellular device, there is also a big benefit to car manufacturers. If manufacturers are able to get their applications into customers’ smart phones it can open a large window of opportunity with regards to customer information. Targeted demographic information is more important than ever to companies, so car manufacturers want to use their smart phone applications to track location, preferences and much more. While this could allow for easy transition between two vehicles for consumers, the benefit is much larger for car makers. Vehicle manufacturers would be able to use the information about your preferences and locations to sell targeted ads from retailers and service providers. While some may find this convenient, many others could find it intrusive and a violation of personal privacy.

With many drawbacks to smart phone key applications, it will be increasingly interesting to see if auto manufacturers are going to find ways to overcome these drawbacks. It would certainly behoove auto manufacturers to find a way to use smart phone key applications because of the additional revenue source that it could provide. A key to the development of these application will be customer feedback. If customers find the ads which manufacturers will be able to sell intrusive, then it may not be feasible for car manufacturers to go in this direction. In the mean time, despite their own security concerns, keyless fobs will likely remain the top of the line product for automotive convenience and security.

Types of Doors and How Each Effects Exit Devices

In many cases where locksmiths are called upon, they are forced to alter the security level of that given location. Especially when it comes to commercial locations, it is important to understand exactly how the level of security change will effect the code compliance of the building. For Phila-Locksmith’s professional technicians, this is all in a days work. Depending on the type of door which is having the exit device installed on it, there are different models and installation methods. It is important that you trust installations such as these to professionals, so that you are ensuring that your building is up to code.

Fire Door Assemblies

Fire doors are put in place to not only protect a fire from damaging other parts of the building before it can be contained, but also to ensure the occupants have enough time to safely exit the building. For this reason it is very important that changes being made to the hardware of fire doors are approved before being implemented. There are strict regulations on the size of holes, hardware and plates which can be used on a fire door. Any changes which exceed these specifications must be confirmed for safety in writing with the door manufacturer. If this is not done first, an inspector must be sent to the location to determine the safety of the alterations. Having an inspector come to the door’s location can be expensive, so it is wise to have any changes which exceed regulation checked with the manufacturer before their implementation.

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Fire doors close automatically during a fire to slow the spread of the fire to other sections of the building.

Egress Doors

Egress doors have a number of regulations, which vary depending on the building’s use and the occupancy of the building. Egress doors are doors which are required to be unlatched with just one operation, however there are some exclusions. Residential buildings (homes) are permitted to have a second lock function, such as a deadbolt or security chain, so long as the occupant load is less than 10. However, this security chain or deadbolt can not require a key to disengage the door from the inside. This means that double sided deadbolts would be against regulation in these instances. Other exceptions to the egress door regulation are prisons and doors with flush bolts. Double sided deadbolts can be used in some situations. The types of building which can use a double sided deadbolt exit device are commercial locations, houses of worship and assembly occupancies which are lower than 300 occupants. If a double cylinder deadbolt is being used in one of these locations there must also be a sign adjacent to the door which states that the door must remain unlocked when occupied. It is also required that the lock can easily be distinguished between the locked and unlocked states. There are a number of other specific regulations, and exceptions, to get answers about your commercial location, it is highly recommended to speak directly with a professional locksmith.

Accessible Route Door

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), not only allowed for disabled Americans to get an equal opportunity for employment in many businesses, but also changed the way that some locks were to operate. For example, under the most recent ADA specifications a lock on an accessible route door must be able to be operated by applying a maximum of five pounds of force when opening. These regulations also require that any lock hardware does not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist to operate. Locks which are used for security purposed, and not on an accessible route door, are exempt from these regulations. Just like with egress door exit devices, there are a number of specifications, and exceptions, for accessible route doors. It is wise to speak with a professional to ensure that your locks are up to regulation, or you could face liability in the future.

One of the main reasons that it is important to use a professional locksmith for the modification of your security is the wide variety of regulations which must be met when the lock is installed. In proper installation can, not only, put you at risk for lawsuit, but also endangers the security of whomever is in your building. Turning to a commercial locksmith like the professionals at Phila-Locksmith is a good first step in deciding what alterations you want to make with your security. That technician will be able to go over your options with you, while also ensuring that your building will continue to be up to regulation.

Canadian Police Ask for Public’s Help With Locksmith Scam

Police in Calgary are asking for the public’s help to find a man who is preying on the good will of strangers in attempted thefts. This is very similar to a story which we at Phila-Locksmith covered during May of last year. In Nevada, a man was posing as a neighbor and asking for cash to help to pay a locksmith in order to get back into his home. After deceiving a few local residents, the man was found to not be a neighbor. In Calgary, a very similar situations is unfolding.

calgary locksmith scamPictured is the suspect that Calgary police are looking for in connection to these thefts by deception. The man that police are looking for goes simply by ‘John’. The way that he attempts to steal from people is in an extremely deceitful manner, which preys on the kindness of strangers. John has been known to enter business, or public places, during peak busy hours. At this point he begins to talk to individuals claiming that he is locked out of car. He asks for a small amount of money. In situations where he has been refused the money, he has offered personal belongings as collateral. After he receives the money, he then did not return to retrieve the collateral. The man has been described as between 50 and 55 years old and roughly 6’2″ in height. Calgary police are hoping that increased public awareness will assist in his apprehension. This story should also serve as a warning to the residents of Calgary, be sure to employ a healthy dose of skepticism to avoid being taken advantage of. This is especially important for business owners who want to ensure their lower level employees are not taken advantage of. Instilling a diligent attitude can prevent this from happening.

Our customers may ask, how can news like this effect me? As mentioned earlier in the post, this is not a scheme which solely takes place in Canada. Residents in our service area should also ensure to use a bit of skepticism when confronted with someone asking for cash assistance. If that individual is asking for money to pay a locksmith, let that individual know that you will help them, but want to call the company directly. Most mobile locksmiths also accept credit, or debit, which allows for you to still lend helping hand to someone in need, but without the risk of being taken advantage of. Our communities should work together to help those of our neighbors who are in need, but in today’s world, it is still wise to exercise healthy skepticism to ensure that you are not taken advantage of. If you have any information about the identity of John, Calgary police ask that you contact them.

How a Professional Locksmith Protects Your Security

Due to the nature of the services that a locksmith offers, one providing service must always be mindful of the security ramifications of their actions. In addition to upgrading, or altering, security at a home or business; locksmiths must also follow strict guidelines to ensure the continued security of their customers. Some unlicensed, and unprofessional, locksmiths may not have the same commitment to safety that their professional counterparts have. Without the threat of negative ramifications, a locksmith may feel comfortable putting someone’s security at risk to earn a few extra dollars. Phila-Locksmith believes that no part of your security should be vulnerable and it is for this reason that we adhere to strict guidelines that ensure our services only affect the communities we serve in a positive way.

Confirming Ownership or Authorization

When people think about the security aspects of a locksmith, they think about the tangible benefits which they will be receiving. Whether that is the installation of a new lock, the opening of a door or the replacement of a car key. However, a locksmith must think about the security of the home, business or vehicle they are servicing. Before completing any service, Phila-Locksmith requires its technicians to ask for proof that the individual is either the owner, or an authorized individual, in order to begin completing the service. This is especially crucial when our locksmiths are completing services like replacement car keys and emergency unlocks. An unprofessional locksmith who does not ask for proof of ownership, could leave a third-party individual’s security compromised.

In some cases, especially during home, or car, lock outs it is possible that the individual does not have proof of ownership on their person. Proof of ownership, or residence, may be locked inside of the car or home. In these cases, our locksmiths are authorized to complete the service, but that customer must be able to produce proof of ownership immediately upon entry. If this does not occur, our locksmith quickly notifies the authorities. Other locksmiths may be less stringent with their approach to offering secure services, it is these companies which can pose a greater threat to our communities as a whole. It is Phila-Locksmith’s belief that by advertising as a locksmith company, or individuals, that party is taking on the responsibility to not only keep their customers secure, but the community as a whole.

Storing Personal Information

Almost monthly it seems that there are news reports about the latest security breach of personal information. Whether it is Target, the New York Stock Exchange or even the federal government itself, data breaches seem to be rampant. This is one of the reasons that Phila-Locksmith does not store your sensitive personal information. When you pay by credit, or debit, card through Phila-Locksmith your card information is never stored. In the case that a card is necessary for a deposit, or cancellation fee, it is removed from the system immediately upon the service’s completion. Not only does Phila-Locksmith keep your payment information secure, but the cuts of your keys as well. When our locksmith provides you with re-key, or a replacement car key, they never store the cut information. This prevents anyone who would be able to view the key’s cut from making their own key to enter your home.

No matter where, or whom, we are servicing Phila-Locksmith maintains the integrity of your security throughout the process. Our locksmiths verify that anyone we complete service for is an individual who is authorized to approve the service. Combine this with the protections that Phila-Locksmith makes for your personal information and you receive one of the most secure service experiences in the industry. Not only do our technicians do this as a courtesy to customers, but also to the communities of Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, New Jersey and Delaware that we service. Between professionalism through the lock and key industry, as well as personal accountability, businesses and residents can put their security in the best possible position to be successful.

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