Locksmith Tips for Holiday Travel

Travel Tips from Your Local Philadelphia Locksmith


For most of the general population, the holiday season triggers feelings of excitement, joy, and the need to see distant cousins you haven’t spoken to in months.  According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, during the Thanksgiving travel period there is a 52% increase in long distance travel just over the span of 6 days, and for the Christmas/New Year’s time frame long distance travel increases 23%. All this traveling makes the holidays an ideal time for home invasions while you’re away, and it also increases the chances of misplacing personal belongings, such as car keys, during one of your many stops this holiday season. At Phila-Locksmith we are extremely excited for the holidays and would hate to see the holiday cheer of anyone tarnished by running into any of the above-mentioned problems.  This is why we have come up with some simple travel tips that will make a huge difference in your life this holiday season.

Residential Locksmith Travel Tips

Traveling during the holidays can potentially put your home at risk to be burglarized. It is imperative to take security precautions to ensure that your home does not fall victim to holiday thieves. When the amount of people traveling increases that also directly affects the amount of crime in any given area, because of a higher volume of traffic in the area, and most people are absent from their homes as well. The following tips will help you keep your home and your family safe this holiday season.

  1. Have your home security evaluated.
    1. One of our residential locksmith technicians can come out to your home and evaluate the security grade of your locks as well as suggest any changes or improvements you may want to make.
    2. Our technicians are able to assist you with installing safes in your home to keep valuables secure while you are away.
    3. We even have locksmith technicians who specialize in home security and surveillance that can come out to install a closed-circuit television system in your home as well.
  2. Make it look like someone is always home.
    1. Leave your lights on a timer so at night it will appear that your home is occupied, this will help to ward off criminals.
    2. Leave a vehicle parked in your driveway to make thieves think someone is home.
    3. Have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your mail so unwanted visitors don’t notice a growing pile of mail in your mailbox, another indication that the home is empty.
  3. Do not post travel plans on social media.
    1. While it may be exciting to share your plans with friends, other people see your trip to Grandma’s house in Florida as a chance to burglarize your home.
    2. Another thing to keep in mind in relation to social media, don’t post your new lavish gifts online because it provides unwanted eyes a look into what you have that they could potentially try to take.
  4. Unplug your garage door openers.
    1. Some thieves think outside of the box, and rather than try to gain access to your home through an entry door, they use the garage door with a universal garage door opener remote. If you unplug your garage door opener before departing this will leave thieves stuck in their tracks.
    2. Ensure that you lock your garage door if you operate it manually.

Automotive Locksmith Travel Tips

Upon hearing the statistics regarding people who travel, it probably painted a beautiful image in your head of Septa stations and the airport being jam-packed with with people trying to figure out maps, schedules, tickets, and even life itself as they try to make it to friends’ and relatives’ homes.  Surprisingly, most holiday travel (91% to be exact), takes place in the form of a good, old-fashioned, family road-trip, according to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics.  That being said, the number of people who lose or lock their keys in their vehicle is directly affected, and that is where the automotive locksmiths at Phila-Locksmith come in handy.  

  1. Bring a spare key with you.
    1. One way to avoid falling victim to being stranded outside of your vehicle is to have a spare key on you or your vehicle at all times. There are little magnetic lock boxes that can be placed on the undercarriage of your car to ensure that you always have a spare key on you.
    2. No spare key? No problem, we can have an automotive technician to you to make you a duplicate key within as little as 20 minutes. They will be able to provide, cut, and program the key on the spot.
  2. Put a tag on your keys with your contact information.
    1. By simply putting your name and phone number on your key chain you will greatly increase the chances of your keys finding their way back to you.
    2. We do not advise putting anymore personal information than that on your keys as it could lead to future security issues.
  3. Go through a mental checklist when exiting your vehicle.
    1. If you make it a habit to remind yourself to do a checklist each time you exit your vehicle it will help you remember to grab your keys.
    2. Each time you leave your vehicle ask yourself a few questions: Do I have my wallet? Do I have my keys? Did I turn my lights out? This exercise will stick with you and become second nature, almost guaranteeing you will never lose or forget your keys again.
  4. Lost your keys completely?
    1. First we recommend retracing your steps, and checking those pesky couch cushions before you panic. If you find your keys, great! If not, there is still no need to panic.
    2. Don’t worry if you’ve lost your keys, a car key specialist from Phila-Locksmith can come out to your location within as little as 20 minutes to make you a new key on the spot. The new key will be cut and programmed to your vehicle and will have you back on the road within as little as an hour!
    3. While you  have a technician out there making you a replacement car key, it might be time to invest in that spare key we mentioned earlier, especially if you’re already getting a new key made, it will be easier on your wallet, and the technician to make a second key at that time.

We hope that these simple tips will make a big difference in your lives this holiday season. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any residential or automotive locksmith needs you may have this holiday season please give us a call. We have customer service associates on call 24/7 to help you out no matter how last minute your travel plans are. A technician is guaranteed to be out to you in as little as 20 minutes. We thank you for your business and hope the upcoming holidays are joyful.


Tricks to Beat this Tricky Weather

frozen lockFall, in my opinion, is one of the best seasons. It isn’t too cold, not too hot, you get a bunch of free candy, and then get to stuff your face with a Thanksgiving feast. What’s not to love? This fall has been a little bit different, though. As I am sure you’ve noticed, there have been a few days topping the charts at 80℉ and then the temperatures at night have been dipping down to around 35℉. While these drastic temperature changes pose a threat to your immune system, did you know that they can also affect the performance of your locks?

As your neighborhood Philadelphia locksmith, we here at Phila-Locksmith always strive to provide you with the most up to date information regarding your home, business, or automobile.  We have a little science lesson for you to further explain what is happening to your locks. Thermal expansion is the movement of the molecules within any given object due to temperature change. Therefore if a metal object is heated up it will expand because the molecules are in motion and moving apart from each other. Inversely, when an object is exposed to colder temperatures the molecules within move closer together and become stationary causing the object to contract or get smaller.

Due to the expansion and contraction of molecules, your locks have been going through a lot lately, so you may have noticed them sometimes sticking or having a little bit of trouble to turn. In weather like this, that is perfectly normal. You may have even experienced your locks freezing already. Your lock can freeze overnight (or throughout the day depending on the temperature) simply because of any water or condensation that may be within the lock. When this water in the lock freezes to the tumbler, it can make it nearly impossible to use a key within the lock. The last thing you want to do is try to force the lock open, because most likely you’ll just end up breaking the key within the lock. And while a trusted Philadelphia locksmith like us is always around the corner to assist with a broken key extraction or lock change, it is still best to save both time and money. Here are some home repair tips for a frozen lock that we have gathered for you:


  1. Keep deicer or WD-40 accessible in numerous locations. It’s no help to you to keep deicer in the back seat of your car, because if your find the lock to be frozen you won’t be able to get to the deicer to melt the ice around the lock. Be sure to keep some in your home and vehicle that way no matter the situation you will always have it handy.
  2. Use a lighter to heat up your key before sliding it into the lock. You may have to repeat the process a few times, but eventually it will melt the ice around the tumblers within the lock.
  3. Dip your key in Vaseline and turn it in the lock. This process usually takes some time and has to be repeated as well, but it does usually show positive results. You can also use this as a preventative method against the cold, and lubricate your locks once a week during the frigid, winter months.
  4. You can pre-treat your locks as well as the frame of your vehicle door to prevent the lock from freezing as well as the door being frozen shut.
  5. NEVER POUR HOT WATER OVER A LOCK, it will only add more water to the internal mechanisms of the lock and lead to more freezing problems in the future.

We hope that you find these tips useful and you don’t find yourself in a predicament locked out of your home or vehicle due to frozen locks. In the event that you do find yourself locked out of your home, business, or vehicle never hesitate to give us a call for our emergency locksmith services.  We have reliable Philadelphia locksmith technicians that are on call and ready to assist you. Even if you happen to break your home or vehicle key within a frozen lock our technicians here at Phila-Locksmith can extract your broken keys for you and even make you a new replacement car key or change your locks right there on the spot. Give us a call today at (215) 554-6109 to set up a service or even have a technician come out to inspect your locks and let you know what you can do to make sure you are winter ready.

Halloween in Philadelphia: A Gh’oul Time

halloween skyline

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for both the young and the old. There are a ton of events happening here in Philadelphia that will please audiences of all ages. From haunted attractions to festive pumpkin pickings, everyone is guaranteed to have a ghoul time. We here at Phila-Locksmith have gathered together a few events going on within the Philadelphia area that will help you to get your Halloween fix.  



For the thrill-seekers, we recommend visiting some of Philadelphia’s scariest haunted attractions. One of the most widely known attractions is the Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. Once known as the most expensive prison in Philadelphia, visitors can tour through these haunted grounds and become completely immersed in their spooky world. Another attraction for the fearless is the Pennhurst Asylum, where you can tour through three terrifying activities: The Dungeon of Lost Souls, The Tunnel of Terror, and The Ghost hunt which is a self tour that leaves you equipped with only a flashlight as you meander through one of the most haunted parts of the asylum.


For those of you who are looking for some festive family fun, there are a multitude of family friendly activities taking place in the Philadelphia area. If you take a trip to Peddler’s Village, you and your family can experience the Scarecrow Competition & Display. It’s free parking, free admission, and free fun! Browse through all different shapes and sizes of scarecrows and enjoy fun activities as a family. In addition to that, families can hop on the train and head over to Franklin Square to enjoy spooky mini golf, pumpkin decorating, and free trick or treating for children under the age of 10. It’s a fun and cost efficient way to get the family together with tickets for the mini golf coming in at only $7 for children and $9 for adults.


On the more adult side of Halloween, party-goers and costume-wearers can trick-or-treat themselves to a fun time and some good spirits at many of the local bar festivitiesspooky city taking place this Halloween. One event happening in Philadelphia is the Night of the Crawling Dead Bar Crawl which offers free admission in up to 20 Philly bars that will be hosting tons of events and specials due to the Holiday. In addition to that, you can stop by Silk City for their Mighty Scary Halloween Costume Party where it’s only $5 to get in and there will be $2 drink specials all night. Not to mention they will also be staying open an hour later than usual to accommodate all the Halloween fun that will be taking place. 
No matter which event you decide to give a try, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a gore-ious time here in Philadelphia.  With affordable attractions for people of all ages and interests, you can rest in peace knowing that there is much to choose from this Halloween. And if you happen to be out and about and misplace your car keys or even forget them inside your vehicle, remember to give us a call at (215) 544-6109 for our emergency locksmith services. And it’s not too late to have a residential locksmith technician stop by to amp up the security on your home before Halloween and the Holidays hit. Happy Halloween!

Celebrating Back to the Future Day

(Via 6abc.com)

(Via 6abc.com)

Great Scott, it is almost here! Wednesday, October 21st 2015, the day that film fanatics have been waiting for since 1989: Back to the Future Day.  This coming Wednesday will mark the very day that Marty McFly traveled 30 years into the future to from his present time of October 26th, 1985 in order to stop his children from making some huge mistakes that were detrimental to his family. The Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Lower Merion will be hosting a fly event in which people can celebrate a day that they have been anxiously awaiting for over 20 years now.


According to 6 abc News, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute will be celebrating with a screening of the movie, costumes, trivia, and a real life DeLorean equipped with a flux-capacitor. It is expected to be a great turn out and filled with lots of fun. The DeLorean will be accessible to attendees to pose and take pictures with, and the trivia gives the opportunity to win some cool prizes. In addition to that commemoration of the popular film, on a wider scale,  Pepsi has announced that they will be releasing bottles of Pepsi Perfect and we’re sure you’ve seen the magnetic, liquid Nitrogen-powered hover boards by Lexus that are all the craze.


It’s amazing to see that some of what was predicted years ago in Back to the Future 2 is starting to actually come to reality right before our eyes. Granted we may not have self-lacing sneakers (yet) but advanced technology is all around us. For example, there are locks that you can control simply with the use of your smartphone, or a touch of your finger. In fact, August (an advanced and innovative creator of smart locks) has recently released new technology with which you can control the locks on your business or residence simply by using Siri on your iPhone. There are also bio-metric locks that you can control by effortlessly scanning your fingerprint directly on lock in order to open it.

(Via amazon.com)

(Via amazon.com)

These locks are a great way to enhance the security of your home or business, and we at Phila-Locksmith have technicians that precisely specialize in the installation and setup of smart locks as well as bio-metric locks.  Whether you’re trying to amp up security, or make life a little easier by living key-free, Phila-Locksmith has both residential and commercial technicians who can come out to you and provide you with an estimate as well as same day service. Imagine, never having to fumble around looking for a set of keys buried in the bottom of your bag, or worrying about losing a set of keys. The power is all within your beloved smartphone (that is nearly always in your hand), or, in your hand itself. Give us a call at 215-554-6109 today and arrange to have the locks of the future right at the tips of your fingers.

Hurricane Joaquin Sending the City into a Frenzy

hurricane joaquin

(Via 6abc.com)

What’s that in the sky? It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, it’s a swirling dark cloud containing wind gusts of up to 120 mph and torrential downpours to last up until Tuesday of next week. Hurricane Joaquin(wah-KEEN) is the latest tropical storm-turned hurricane to make headlines, and people are intensely preparing for a repeat of the Hurricane Sandy incident: major destruction and power outages lasting for weeks in some areas. According to 6abc News, the hurricane has been brewing up a storm for us and overnight it became a Category 3 storm. It is expected that storm will reach Category 4, sending officials and citizens into a frenzy.   


It is predicted that Hurricane Joaquin will bring strong gusts of wind and an estimated rainfall of 4-8 inches to the Philadelphia area.  The fear is that the heavy rainfall will cause major flooding in areas already prone to flooding and to frequently traveled roadways as well. In addition to that a major concern surrounding the wind is power outages. Preventative actions have already begun and in Philadelphia as well as surrounding suburbs, township workers have been working diligently to trim trees that are hanging dangerously close to power lines. In Atlantic City, officials will meet today to discuss how they will be preparing for the upcoming storm.  Be prepared to enter a zoo when stopping past your local grocery store, as everyone will be stocking up on bread, milk, eggs, flashlights and batteries.    


It’s not a bad idea to stock up on flashlights and batteries as the power going out is a likely possibility over the next few days.  Be sure to ensure the safety of your home and/or business if the power does indeed go out with Phila-Locksmith. For those of you who have smart locks check to make sure a power outage will not affect the performance of your locks. Some smart locks communicate with wireless devices by means of a wi-fi connection and some interact with your security system, so if there is a disruption in the system, then you may face issues with your home security. One brand of smart lock, August, operates off of 4 AA batteries and sends signals to your smartphone by means of Bluetooth, so if your power goes out, you will still be able to use your lock completely. If your wireless device happens to die, you can log in on a different device and use the standard key option on the lock as well. If you have any questions about your smart lock and what you should do in the event of a power outage, feel free to contact Phila-Locksmith. We have certified residential and commercial locksmiths who specialize in servicing smart locks. They can come out to ensure your lock is working properly, and to give you tips to keep your home secure in case the power does go out.  


Another common incident that occurs to homeowners when the power goes out is getting locked out of their home. People generally lock themselves out by absent-mindedly leaving their keys inside their home or vehicle because they are too focused on all the commotion going on around them due to the power outage. One may also use their garage as the main point of entry into their home and may not have their keys on them at all. If you use your garage door for entry into your home and the power goes out, you most likely will not be able to get into your home without the assistance of an emergency locksmith. If you find yourself locked out of your home. vehicle, or business over the next few days because of this storm, Phila-Locksmith will be waiting on your call to send  an emergency locksmith to your location in as little as 20 minutes! We have technicians on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so give us a call today at (215) 554-6109 to ensure your safety during Hurricane Joaquin and to assist you with all your emergency locksmith needs!

Phila-Locksmith’s Guide to the Papal Visit

Pope Francis Philadelphia

As I am sure all you fellow Philadelphians know, Pope Francis’ arrival to Philadelphia is right around the corner. At Phila-Locksmith we love to keep our loyal customers and members of the community posted on current events in our beautiful city. We have gathered some important questions regarding the Papal visit and have provided some tips and answers to help make your life a little bit easier.


What day is the Pope actually getting to Philadelphia?

Pope Francis will be departing New York City early morning on Saturday, September 26th. He should be arriving in Philadelphia around 9:30 am on Saturday, and immediately following that he will be holding a mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Now just because he won’t be here until Saturday doesn’t mean that roadblocks and towing will not be in effect until then.

Dude, where’s my car?

If you live in Center City and walked outside in the morning, sipping your coffee, ready to depart for work you may have noticed something big missing…your car! That’s right the city of Philadelphia has already started towing vehicles out of the security zone for the Papal Visit. So there’s no need to fear, your vehicle has not been stolen, it’s simply been towed to a different location as the city prepares for Pope Francis.  We suggest locating the tow yard your vehicle has been taken to immediately to avoid any further fines and holding costs.

What was that about road blocks?

Here’s our tip regarding the roadblocks; stay inside! But seriously, traveling throughout the city is going to be extremely difficult. There are roadblocks being set up as early as Thursday night and everything will be in full effect early morning Saturday. The security zone has been split into six separate sectors, they are as follows: Fairmount Park, Ben Franklin Parkway, Washington Square, Rittenhouse Square, Logan Square, and University City. In addition to that you will see backups on major highways due to numerous closures of on and off ramps as well as bridges.

Traffic Box Philadelphia

(VIa nbcphiladelphia.com) The most recent layout of the Traffic Box

How can I keep my home or business safe?

The Papal visit is projected to cause an influx of over 2 million people to Philadelphia. With the amount of people rising in the city, that means over the next few days the crime rate can directly rise as well. Phila-Locksmith is your go-to-place to ensure that your home or business is secure from unwanted visitors or thieves. With our 24/7 commercial and residential locksmith technicians on call at all times, and a response time as low as 20 minutes, we can help you change your locks, install security cameras, and provide you with a sense of relief knowing that you, your family, or business is safe.

What if I lose my car keys?

As with any huge, major event, people are bound to lose and misplace things. Wallets and car keys are amongst the top of the list. Unfortunately we do not have any wallet-sniffing Blood Hounds here at Phila-Locksmith, but we do have emergency car key specialists who would gladly come out your location and provide you with a new key on the spot. In addition to that, we understand that people may get caught up in all the commotion of Pope Francis’ visit that they may accidentally leave their keys in the car, well we offer emergency door unlock services as well. We do suggest keeping your keys on a lanyard or clip so that you can clip or tie them to your belt loops, clip into a bag, or wear around your neck to lessen the chances of misplacing them.

When will the madness end?

On Monday, September 28th, the city will begin returning to its natural state. Overnight on Sunday most of the roadblocks will be lifted and a major clean up will begin and by Monday morning all highways will reopen. In addition to that, all parking restrictions will be lifted. The only difference will be within the regional rail system which will be running on a Saturday schedule as opposed to a Monday one.

Well there you have it, a quick little guide to surviving the Papal Visit. Obviously we are overjoyed that Pope Francis will be visiting our wonderful city, but we just wanted to give our fellow citizens a rundown and a few tips on what to expect for the next few days. And don’t  forget, we at Phila-Locksmith will be on call 24/7 to assist you with all your locksmithing needs during the Papal visit. Please remember to be patient with us as we will be battling the same traffic restrictions as you over the next few days. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (215) 554-6109 any time, any day.

Pharmacy Pillagers Making Headlines in Philadelphia

(Via 6abc.com)  recently reported a string of robberies occurring at pharmacies in the Fern Rock and Kensington areas of Philadelphia. The initial robbery, which took place at Amigo Pharmacy early morning on August 20th, showed signs of forced entry to get into the store, but it seems like the unknown men have evolved. Footage from the most recent robbery at Broad and Grange Pharmacy on Monday, September 14th, shows that the thieves used crowbars and power saws to gain entry into the business, as well as to cut and disarm the alarm systems.

Once inside the pharmacy, the thieves targeted specific medications and even attempted to break into the safe. Footage showed sparks flying in every direction as they unsuccessfully tried to use their hand saws to cut the lock off of the safe. It seemed like at some point their lookout alerted them and they hastily left the scene in a newer model Jeep Cherokee.  The suspects made off with thousands of dollars worth of prescription drugs and authorities are on the lookout for them.

Here at Phila-Locksmith, we find it extremely important to ensure the safety and security for both your home and your business.  We know that to many people, their business is their life and their only source of income, so to take a hit like that is not only detrimental to their business, but to their homes and families as well. It is unfortunate to live in a world where thieves are so prevalent, but we do have a way to help. Our locksmiths specialize in commercial and safe services and we have a plethora of high-security materials that can keep your business protected from those who wish to reap the benefits of your hard work.

Our commercial locksmiths are highly trained individuals who understand the importance of providing heavy-duty, high-security locks to ensure the safety and success of the businesses that we serve.  We offer a variety of keypad locks, push-bars, electric strike locks, and much more to suit the needs of your business. These are locks that are extremely difficult for people to break and manipulate and offer security features that thieves cannot get past. Phila-Locksmith even has technicians who are able to install alarm, security surveillance, and intercom systems that will not only enhance the security of your business, but will also create an image to potential thieves that your company is not a force to be reckoned with. In addition to that, our safe specialist offers safe lock changes and anchoring services to ensure that your safe is protected and secure inside of your business.  If you have any questions we are on call 24/7, please feel free to call us at (215) 554-6109.

New Google Ads Make Finding a Locksmith Easier

On August 28th, 2015, Google rolled out a brand new form of paid advertising in regards to home services. Currently the new set-up is being tested in San Francisco in order to determine the effectiveness of this type of ad going forward. Home services, and specifically locksmiths, have found that most customers are using online search engines to find service providers who they need. A change within the type of ads which Google has to offer can mean a great deal of change for home service providers and their customers. We’ll take a look at what these ads will mean for customers as well as any negative effect which they may have on businesses both large and small.

Change From Google’s Standard Paid Search

On most searches which user complete on Google they are served paid advertisements in addition to the “organic” results which the search engine’s algorithm produces. Rather than being based on a number of website signals like their organic counterparts, paid ads are served based on the amount an advertiser is willing to pay and the quality of the advertisements which they are producing. A user can distinguish these paid ads from the organic listings by the small yellow “AD” label directly next to the advertisement. This type of advertisement will no longer appear, for now in San Francisco, when a user searches something like “clogged toilet” or “local locksmith”. Instead, they will be served Google’s new Home Services Ads. Much like you may see on a site such as Yelp, the individual searching is provided with customer ratings as well as the company contact information. In addition to providing this information Google requires background checks for the service provider before their ads can be listed. This type of large change will have a definite impact on how home service companies and customers interact, if there is a larger roll out throughout the United States.

google home services ads

Above is an example result of the new Google Home Services ads for the search term “San Francisco locksmith”.

How are customers effected?

For years, customers have been frustrated by the online, and phone book, presence of unlicensed locksmiths who provide unsatisfactory services. With Google tracking and serving customer reviews directly within their paid results, customers can easily get an idea of the current standing of the company without having to go through additional research. Google’s mandatory background checks should also help to reduce the number of unscrupulous locksmiths who currently use their platform for advertising. Google users will be able to request quotes from multiple companies at once using the ad’s interface. All of these seem to be of great benefit to users and will likely increase the amount of individuals who find their home services through Google’s paid ads. However, if this is true, it would increase the amount of money that companies would need to spend on their online advertising in order to be successful. This could lead to an increase of price for the actual services which are being completed. Since Google charges the home service company regardless of if the customer selects that company to complete service, prices may rise in order to meet this shortfall.

In the end, Google’s new home service ads seem to be a net positive for consumers. However, there is a price to be paid for convenience and that seems likely to come in the form of slightly more expensive home services. In the long run, it seems that having background checks and customer reviews displayed right next to ads will help customers make the most informed decision possible on who should be completing their home services. This is especially true for individuals like our emergency locksmith customers, if you are locked out of your home, you may find it difficult to complete research right on the spot. Instead, you would be able to rely on Google’s reviews to guide you on the selection of your service provider. Phila-Locksmith will continue to monitor the roll out of Google’s home services ads, and will update consumers if they do in fact find their way to the Delaware Valley.

Update: Dewayne Fulsom Acquitted in Locksmith Murder

(VIA TulsaWorld.com) After 21 months behind bars, Dewayne Fulsom is a free man once again after being acquitted of first degree murder and shooting with intent to kill in relation to a locksmith who was killed while on the clock in 2013. After a seven day trial, and deliberation which lasted four and a half hours, the jury of five women and seven men found that the defendant was not guilty. Mr. Fulsom was identified by one witness on the scene, a friend of the locksmith who was killed, however; the jury did not find this to be enough evidence to convict the defendant. Phila-Locksmith has previously covered the details of this Tulsa locksmith murder, which deliberated on August 26th of 2015.

Locksmith’s Family Speaks Out

The family of the slain locksmith, Sebastian Geiger, spoke to Oklahoma’s Newson6 regarding their feelings about the trial’s outcome. The family expressed their sadness as well as their disagreement with the verdict which was reached by the jury. They spoke of Sebastian Geiger as a motivated man, who was looking to leave his locksmith job in order to pursue vocational school. Additionally, his parents spoke of his enjoyment in being an uncle. His parents also spoke of the danger which Sebastian faced, telling Newson6 that this was not the first time that Sebastian was faced with a firearm during the performance of service. This danger was one of the reasons why Sebastian was looking to move from his locksmith job to vocational school.

Whichever way that a third party looks at this case, the result is unfortunate. A young man was left dead and a family is grieving looking for justice. Additionally a legally innocent man was kept in jail for nearly two years of his life. However, with so many witnesses on the scene, but only one who was willing, or able, to identify Dewayne Fulsom as the shooter it was impossible for the jury to reach a guilty verdict. Despite their son having passed away, the Geiger’s believe that Sebastian has gone to a better place; because they also believe that without his defensive actions that his friend who was with him that night may have reached the same fate had those actions not been taken.

Oklahoma Jury Deliberating in Locksmith Murder

(VIA FOX23) A jury in Oklahoma will soon determine the fate of a man accused of shooting a locksmith to death over a dispute of the price. The defendant, Dewayne Fulsom, is accused of shooting locksmith Sebastian Geiger after a violent confrontation. A jury of five women and seven men will have to decide if Dewayne Fulsom was the man who pulled the trigger of the gun used to fatally shoot Geiger.

In 2013 a man, Deonte Miller, called a locksmith because he had locked his keys inside of the vehicle. After about an hour the locksmith, Sebastian Geiger, arrived on scene to complete the service. In order to complete the unlock service, the locksmith requested payment of $90. What ensued was a confrontation over the price of the service. Witnesses claim at this point that the locksmith retrieved a gun from his vehicle. Following this, there are varying accounts of what has occurred. According to the prosecutor, the locksmith was inside of his vehicle with his weapon and at one point fired a single bullet, however; he was struck multiple times which resulted in his death. One witness, a close friend of Sebastian Geiger, identified Dewayne Fulsom as the shooter. Mr. Fulsom claims that he was not the individual who pulled the trigger. The defense will rely on the fact that despite there being multiple witnesses on the scene, only one identified Dewayne Fulsom as the shooter. Deliberation on this case began on Wednesday August 26th.

Locksmith Hazards

Locksmiths can be tasked with going to dangerous neighborhoods, sometimes in the middle of the night. Due to the nature of their business, potential thieves believe that locksmiths carry a large amount of cash on their person. This poses a threat which locksmiths must be aware of. However, it is not always true that locksmiths carry a large amount of cash on their person. With the cost of payment processing on the decline, it has become easier for locksmiths to accept debit and credit cards as a form of payment. In addition to this, Phila-Locksmith makes it a policy that our technicians only hold a small amount of physical cash on their person throughout the day. The reason for this is the safety of our technicians. For obvious reasons, having a firearm on the locksmith’s person while performing services is extremely undesirable. Since they are tasked with meeting someone who simply placed a call and provided very few details to our office, we prioritize the safety of our technicians so that they are comfortable enough to offer unmatched locksmith services.


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