The bump proof NightWatch lock provides ultimate security

We have before delved into the security concern that is lock bumping and now we are currently going to look at one of the brands of locks that can help to alleviate this type of security concern. Master lock, a renowned producer of locks offers their Night Watch locks which can prevent someone with a bump key from accessing your residence or business. Not only will this line of locks be able to prevent someone with a bump key from entering your home but there is also a mechanism that allows you to lock the door and prevent even someone who has your own key. As we have said in previous posts, lock bumping is the act of using a shaved down key as well as an outside force of the key to bump up the pins inside of a lock cylinder allowing an individual to then open the lock. In all locks that include Master
Two variations of the bump proof Night Watch lock

Two variations of the bump proof Night Watch lock

Lock’s BumpStop technology, which includes the NightWatch lock, there is an extra pin which cannot be moved by bump key, making bump keys completely in effective on an door armed with this lock.
The lock in the picture that is located on the top of our display door is a standard NightWatch lock from Master Lock. Do not be fooled just because it is standard for NightWatch does not make it an ordinary lock by any stretch of the imagination. In addition to the BumpStop technology inside of the lock that prevents an intruder from gaining access with a bump key, there is an extra switch located on the bottom part on the interior side of the lock. This switch is what makes the NightWatch such an increase to standard security, by holding down the switch in addition to pulling the lock handle towards you, one is able to engage the NightWatch portion of the lock which prevents even someone who has a key from getting inside the home. What happens on the technical side is that the piece which turns the cylinder is being removed from its functioning position, meaning that the lock cannot be turned at all. When you are ready to unlock the door, disengaging the NightWatch feature is as easy as hitting the switch on the interior part of lock. This is great for preventing past roommates, former contractors and key thieves from gaining access to your home.
Close up view of our combination NightWatch lock.

Close up view of our combination NightWatch lock.

To the right you will see a version of the NightWatch which is even more secure than the type that we just talked about, this is the combination NightWatch deadbolt. In addition to having the upgraded security that comes with being both a NightWatch and BumpStop brand lock, there is also a combination can be put into the door and will open the lock. So with a combination NightWatch lock you can not only prevent key thieves from entering the house while you are inside asleep but the combination can allow you to get back into your home even if you do not have the keys with you. A feature like this can help you save plenty of money by avoiding the charge to open your door if you are locked out. Call Phila-Locksmith today to ask about your NightWatch security options.

On Christmas We Will Be Open to Serve Our Customers

While many other locksmith companies may be closed for the Christmas holiday you can count of Phila-Locksmith to open all day Christmas day as well as Christmas Eve. So if you have locked your car keys in your vehicle while doing some last minute shopping at The Gallery at Market East or anywhere else in the Philadelphia area, call Phila-Locksmith and we will be able to provide you with the same quality locksmith service that you would expect at any other point in the year. That means you will have access to our full array of locksmith services as well as response times that are as low as 20 minutes. Getting everywhere you need to be can be quite the pain during the Christmas season and locking yourself out of your vehicle can leave you with a major head ache, so call the professionals at Phila-Locksmith for special holiday pricing and we can be at your location in a matter of minutes to get you back on your way.

Phila-Locksmith is not the only company that you will find open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day below you will find a list of local Philadelphia businesses that will be open Christmas day and eve, which will allow you to get those last minute things to make your Christmas gathering go off without a hitch.

The Gallery at Market East: Open Christmas Eve 8am-6pm; Closed Christmas Day

Franklin Mills Mall: Open Christmas Eve 9am-6pm; Closed Christmas Day

Cherry Hill Mall:  Open Christmas Eve 7am-6pm; Closed Christmas Day

Local Target Stores: Open Christmas Eve 7am-10pm; Closed Christmas Day

Walgreens and CVS:  24 Hour stores will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Make sure to be careful while finishing your holiday shopping so that you do not have to make an unneeded call to Phila-Locksmith that can delay your festivities and cost you extra money that could be used for holiday fun.


Locksmith Terms – Part 5

Phila-Locksmith is here with the fifth installment of our locksmith terms series. There is a lot of confusing terminology and lingo in the locksmith industry which you may not be familiar with if you are not a professional. We provide these posts as well as The Locksmith’s Glossary so our customers as well as other who are looking for information can completely understand the service and procedures that a locksmith uses.

Car key code – series of characters needed to properly determine the cuts that need to be made on a specific car key

Closed circuit television – security camera system which transmits recordings through an internal circuit, otherwise known as CCTV

Ignition switch – otherwise known as the ignition starter is a switch that actives the main electrical system of your vehicle

Immobiliser – security device installed inside of automobiles that eliminates the threat of hot wiring for that vehicle

Lock pick set – set of tools used to pick a standard lock includes a torsion wrench as well as the lock pick itself

Plug follower – tool used to replace the extract the pin house from the cylinder

Plug spinner – tools used to attempt to spin the cylinder in order to make the bolt retract

VIN – short for vehicle identification number, this information can be used by a locksmith to find the right code to cut a car key for that specific model

Continue to check back for more terms that are being added to our Locksmith Glossary.

Tips to Prevent Burglaries during the Holidays

Most people know that there is a spike in crime during the warm summer months as more people are out and about. This makes them more likely to leave entrances to their home unlocked, it can also be caused by the increase in vacations that are taken during the summer months. However, this does not mean that you can let your guard down during the holiday season. Burglaries also increase during the holiday season, as it is more likely for home owners to have high value items inside of their house, while burglars are looking to stock up on the latest gadgets, jewelry in addition to cash for their holiday season. That is why Phila-Locksmith wants to give you tips that can help you to keep your home from being burglarized and ruining your holiday.

1. Be Prepared While Travelling

If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time during this holiday season it is important to make sure that your house is prepared for your vacation. It is important to put in a hold on your home mail if you are not going to be there in person to pick it up. Piling up of mail and newspapers are a dead giveaway to burglars that no one is or has been home. The United States Postal Service allows you to schedule a hold on mail straight from their website and you can even set an option to have all of the mail delivered once you are home again. If you do not want to have this happen, another option is to have a trusted friend or family member pick up the mail from your home daily. Posting of your travel plans in advance on social media can also attract burglars who can use resources on the internet to find your home. Of course the simplest and easiest thing to do that is extremely crucial is to lock all entrances, especially deadbolt locks.

2. Keep Presents Hidden

This tip is especially important if you celebrate Christmas. Leaving your presents or tree in full display can be a way to easily attract burglars who are looking for high value items. It is recommended to keep Christmas trees as well as presents away from exterior windows, especially ones facing roads, in order to keep thieves from assuming that your home is a juicy target.

3. Hide Big Ticket Trash

It is important to keep the packaging of big ticket items such as gaming systems and televisions out of view before trash day. A TV box that has been siting out front of your home can be an invitation to some would be burglars. Keeping your trash in the house or hidden from view until trash day is highly advised.

4. Stay Vigilant

One of the consistencies that we see in areas that are low in burglaries is that neighbors are more willing to report suspicious behavior before it turns into a burglary at their neighbor’s house. During the holidays, it is normal to see more people coming and going in the neighborhood as people visit family and friends, but it is important still report suspicious behavior to help save neighbors from a ruined holiday.